Sunday, May 15

Land of the Lost

Found this great volcano poster called Krakatoa by Studio Violet. 
Studio Violet lives (or did live) here and appears to have been one half of a project by Camille Engman 

The time has finally come. One of my dearest friends in the whole world arrived last night. We are heading off to Sombolo for a few days, on the west coast of Java - to Krakatoa!!

Great billowing cotton candy plume of grey ash on Anak Krakatoa (Child of Krakatoa) here

Krakatoa by StudioViolet again. This print really reminds me of this Fine Little Day wallpaper that Elizabeth Dunker's son Otto made. Hang on - I actually just found this poster in Fine Little Day's shop too. How bout that for interconnectedness. Just discovered Camilla also works with Elizabeth Dunker (of Fine Little Day) and closing the circle they started Studio Violet in 2008. Sorry a quick little journey around the web. I digress....

Anak Krakatoa here West Java

So getting back to prehistoric locations and rings of fire we will be gone for 3 whole days, staying in a bungalow on the beach and dining on fresh seafood each night. Hopefully all played out to a soundtrack of continuous low level rumbling eruptions. We also came here in 2009 and caught a boat out to the only recently formed island, Anak Krakatoa. Anak is the active volcano that rose out of the sea in only 1927, 54 years after the catastrophic eruption of the original Krakatoa in 1883. I could never quite get my head around the fact that I was standing on a small mountain* - a solid natural structure - that only 72 years earlier did not exist. I just find that kind of chilling.  Here are a few images of our 2009 trip below.
I am very excited to return to this strange place. Roaming dinasours and flying pterodactyls would not look out of place here.

 Tom and Noah engaging in some volcanic sand mediation on Anak Krakatoa in 2009

 Since the island is basiacally a volcanic cone that rose from the sea, the soil was completely uncontaminated by seeds. All of the plants growing on the island came from seeds that drifted on the sea or blew across the ocean on the wind. Because of this it is considered a natural laboratory to watch the development of an ecosystem. Stangely a lot of folliage is actually Australian Pine trees that impart a kind of incongruous wintery forest feeling.

And more strangeness:
The explosions heard in the 1883 eruption remain the loudest noise on human record. The sound was heard in Australia 3,450 kilometers away!

This great arial shot of the volcano was taken in 2005 by NASA satellites.
 The black shores of the island are scalloped where the flows have solidified in the ocean.
*The right hand side of the image is where we moored and played for a little while. It is sheltered but foreboding at the same time. While it is an official tourist spot - where the trees grow, no lava - for that day at least, right?!, we had the entire place to ourselves which really added to the drama. Probably the most dramatic place I have been and so happy to have a chance to return.
See you on Wednesday!


Sarah said...

Fascinating, I love visiting, always something cool going on in your part of the world! Amazing enough to wrap your head around standing on something that's been aroung for so long, and then get to stand on something so very new.
Can't wait to see the picks from your trip.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That must have been amazing to have a whole little island to yourselves!!

Goose Vintage said...

Constantly fascinated by the "long view" of geographic history - sometimes not as long as we think! Thx for the share - my father used to go on and on about Krakatoa - it's always been the Big One in our imagination.

sarah said...

Thanks Sarah. It is an amazing concept! It is bizarre to think that one moment there was nothing there and the next day, an island just popped up. One day the adventure will be over so just wanting to record some of the more interesting things that happen over here! As always, thank you for dropping by Sarah.

sarah said...

Hi Rosa,

Yes it was very special having it to ourselves. It is not considered a tourist spot for Indonesians and on that day there were no other tourists so we were very lucky indeed. We got to go crazy and muck around on the beach in privacy! However, this time there were a few other boats out there but Indonesia is definitely big enough to share around so it was still a special day (just no sand meditations)!

sarah said...

Hi Goose Vintage,
Glad to share it. You should visit! We actually climbed up to the outer rim this time and not to be a volcano enabler but it was the closest thing I could imagine to being on the moon. What was your father's relationship to Krakatoa? Thank you for stopping by.