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Two Ladies and Mount Batok
Taken from the top of Mount Bromo East Java Indonesia
Overshadowed by Mt Bromo (2,392m) that constantly oozing hot sulphuric gases, and by Mt Semeru (3,676m) in the far horizon which coughs out hot ashes every 1/2 hour on average, Mt Batok is often regarded as a side attraction that completes the spectacular set of volcanoes in the ancient Tengger Caldera (Bromo, Batok and Kursi).
Nonetheless, to me, the mountain is extremely unique. Just like Mt Bromo or Mt Kursi, this perfectly shaped mountain rises from the Sea of Sands. Hence, despite being measured close to 8,000-ft above sea level, it doesn’t look that tall. In fact, from the base, its peak can seem to be conquered in a heartbeat.
Mt Batok, just like most volcanoes, is of brown volcanic cone. But the similarity ends here. In recent times, the mountain has witnessed some growth of vegetation that gives it a breathtaking hues of meadow green and yellow. I could not ascertain when was the last time the volcano erupted, but it has to be many years or centuries ago. Its slopes are very unique if you inspect closely – alternating ravines and crevices patched by dark and light green, and muddy brown features.