Filling the active crater with runoff from my umbrella!

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Comments (17)

Amelia Royan on August 17, 2010

I'm so pleased to see that you are keeping the Scottish side of things up dear Ian.

I do hope that this crater does not become very active in the near future mind you. Do take care :)

Warm wishes my friend, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on August 18, 2010

There was plenty of action, Amelia, besides the downpour and the steam, the gases and the shakes, but none of these deterred me. But there were sellers every where, people offering umbrellas (Mikado Tartan resembles Murray), parkir (parking attendants) and unpredictable tourists who'd do the silliest things without warning. Of all these one has to take care - real care or one might be trampled, and may never come down off the mountain! I wasn't sure whether it was the high altitude, the gases, or the rain on the brains that made them all behave crazily. But I survived.

BTW, I thought that little plant struggling amidst the sulphur fumes may have been a heath plant!



ƤōƝƓ on August 18, 2010

LOL! I really like Amelia's comment.

Ian, the thing that makes this photo different and cool is your umbrella. Sometimes good photo doesn't have to be squeaky clean and perfect but the story behind the scene makes it original and interesting. LIKE

Amelia Royan on August 18, 2010

It looks like some sort of small rhododendron - Nature is amazing!

Mikado tartan!! So did you buy your umbrella here Ian?

H. A. on August 18, 2010

A very interesting look into the crater. Despite rain.

Greeting, Herta

bdeh on August 18, 2010

Nice story and picture Ian. Greetings Berend

Hazel Coetzee on August 19, 2010

...ooooh the Global Warmer strikes again!!


Ian - I can see the steam rising from your runoff, and the water rising, as a result!

Is there any sulphur odour there, Ian? It certainly looks like a fascinating place, how fortunate you are to be able to visit it!

And it's a lovely unusual photo, as Ah-Pong so rightly points out - the tartan brolly frame just completes the whole scene so beautifully!

Warmest wishes to the Brolly-boy,


Ian Stehbens on August 20, 2010

Dear Ah-Pong,

You are absolutely right. What would this be but a photo of a hole in the ground if it weren't for the Mikado Tartan, the rain and the story!

And thanks for the affirmation.


Ian Stehbens on August 20, 2010

Dear Amelia,

Sorry, Amelia, I kindly gave it back to the donor who said he would use it again for every other wee Scot with whom he may become acquainted, any, that perchance arrived amid the swirling mists and rain and the falling gloaming, might need to shelter beneath a Mikado Tartan.

Iain Robert

Ian Stehbens on August 20, 2010

Thanks Berend.

I am glad you and I get to go to so many different places together through Panoramio! There's always a story whenever you have a billy on the campfire.


Ian Stehbens on August 20, 2010

Sulphur odour, Hazel? I passed on your greetings to the brolly boy and I returned his brolly too. Sulphur, how could I forget? Sulphur odour adds to the odours of Indonesia spicy cooking and makes it all a olfactory experience one doesn't forget.

There are always many layers to the experience of travel. Remember that this particular morning I had woken to the scene of water falling through gentle blue mists, rice farmers washing beneath bamboo runnels, and my careful balancing on muddy baulks that divided filled padi fields. But the smell of Javanese breakfasts being cooked between the farmers cottages is vivid. And when I smell these odours again I will be instantly transported back to the highlands of Central Java!

Love and blessings, dear friend.


WERMUT on August 24, 2010

Incredible!!! L

Ian Stehbens on August 25, 2010

steam, sulphur, fog, rain gathering around the cauldron... boil and bubble.... toil and trouble... on the High Road to Scotland, evidently.

Thanks Wermut.


Sterntaucher on September 1, 2010

;-))) Funny title and shot! Greetings, Mathias

Ian Stehbens on September 4, 2010

A little fun and variation with the camera always enhances an album, don't you think. Thanks Mathias.

Kind regards,


Itallica II on January 23, 2011

Thought maybe that was your hang glider with the tartan

Ian Stehbens on January 23, 2011

As long as I don't have to land down in that sulphurous pit, Marquee, I am quite happy to ride tandem in a hang glider. But kilts aren't the ideal dress for hang-gliding!

Thanks for your visit.



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