Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Volcano videos

Here's lava flying out of the crater just before dawn. You have to photograph lava while the sky is still somewhat dark -- you can't see it in full light. The video is kinda shaky because we were on a boat.

During the day, you get nice billows of smoke. You can hear the boom of the explosion here. We could feel the vibrations and hear rocks and debris showering down on the mountain. At one point we got hit with some volcanic ash, which was a little nasty.

It was the coolest natural phenomenon I've ever seen. I'm still kind of giddy.


jim said...

I'll admit that the volcano is a novel curiousity, but you left out the important part - did you catch any fish?

Mary said...

Wow - I don't even know what to say. You are on a boat AND you get to watch an active volcano. You must be beside your selves.

kopisusu2 said...

Hmm, good point, James. One of our friends was fishing with a spear gun, and we saw some big fish lurking around, but he didn't get any. We witnessed the catching of many fish in Kalimantan, however ... more on that soon.

And yes, Mary, we were pretty much reduced to gibbering idiots.