The mountain has three volcanic crater lakes that differ in color.
Lake colors periodically change due to adjustments in the oxidation-reduction status of the fluid of each lake, and also considering the abundance of different major elements, such as iron and manganese. The colors in the lakes change independently from each other, as each has its own unique connectivity to the underlying volcano’s activity.
Tiwu Ata Bupu (Lake of Old People) is usually dark blue/black and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Ko’o Fai Nuwa Muri (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. The lake colors vary on a periodic basis.
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Day 7 – October 27
Today was the day we climbed Kelimutu at a ungodly hour to be able to reach the top before the sun rised.
Absolutely and totally worth it. Again and again on this trip the pictures weren’t even close to capturing the beauty we saw with our own eyes.
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While we did a lot traveling this trip, I actually enjoy the car rides, you see a lot of the country you visit, not just the shiny “Instagramable” part, the real part.
I might not have been able to photograph them because there are fleeting moments on the side of the roads but there are the best part of a trip. The things that are edged in your memories, maybe because you didn’t get to preserve them on paper/in pixel, they get stuck in your brain more.
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