Thursday, August 2, 2012


Gunung Rinjani at sunrise
 Marquesa sets a speed record riding the swift current in Lombok channel!
 Gili Air harbor
 Wetting down Gili Air streets from saltwater wells in the morning
 There are no motorized road vehicles on Gili Air
 The ancient Indonesians loved stamps almost as much as the modern ones!
 Traditional weaving gear
 Traditional games
 Traditional Lombok musical instruments
 Puppet show

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tambora, Sumbawa, Indonesia

 Mt Tambora is an 8,930' volcano that towers over eastern Sumbawa.  In 1815 it erupted, in one of the most massive eruptions in modern history.  It blew off the top 5000' of the volcano and could be heard 1200 miles away in Sumatra.  It devastated the population of Sumbawa and led to climatic cooling that was felt around the world in the 'year without a summer'.    
What's left of Tambora, after the 1815 eruption blew off the top 5000'

Parasitic Cone on Tambora's flank