Photographer's Note

After a few days on the Indonesian island of Lombok in early September 1976 I returned to Bali. I spent just one night in the capital Denpasar and then moved towards the northern part of the island. My first stop was to see Lake Batur, formed in an old caldera of the still active Mount Batur.

Already in 1976 tourism was the main business on Bali. After I had checked in at a small hostel in a village called Penelokan, located on a mountain ridge high above the lake, I went to look for the road downhill to the lake. According to my diary I was immediately overwhelmed by people "sticking to me like leeches", trying to persuade me to buy woodcarvings, rent a horse, rent a canoe, rent a motorboat, rent a guide to climb the volcano.

I didn't buy or rent anything but made my way on my own down the long and partly very steep road to the lake. I have previously posted a photo from where I stopped to enjoy the view:

In the village by the lake I was overrun by a new crowd of people offering me to rent a boat, but neither the one in this photo nor any other attracted me much, so I just watched the lake from the shore. There wasn't actually a lot to see.

During the night I was regularly awakened by eruptions from a small caldera on the slope of the volcano. In the darkness fire could be seen squirting out from the mountain. Every eruption made the windows of my room rattle and the building trembled lightly.

The night was noisy and cold, so soon after 5 in the morning I got up to watch the sunrise, wrapped in a blanket. You can see that in the WS, where there is also another photo from the lake.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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