Photographer's Note

This was taken overlooking Maitara volcanic island. The light was getting stronger slowly as the hidden sun was getting higher in the sky just shortly after sunrise. I was taken by all the scenery in the early morning particularly the active sky full of warm clouds' shapes and textures, as if nature had brush-painted with streak of dark grey tone across the low sky and the view was so mesmerising something that I had not seen or taken before. Every once in a while, nature produces a moment of serenity, clear, calm, unruffled, placid, tranquil and unperturbed and this was one such unforgettable moment, alone witnessing once in a life time Mother Nature at her finest unusual creation.

Jailolo is a small hemlet located along the west coast of Central Halmahera volcanic island in North Maluku Province, Eastern Indonesia. This sparcely populated and the least visited island offers a wonderously beautiful landscape and superb tropical natural beauty. It is heaven for any photographer who seeks for beautiful nature and a true place for peace. There are three active volcanic islands nearby - being the major attraction - here which resemble pyramids jutting out of Molucca sea and on a calm clear day this nature beauty continues to amaze the eyes.

Exposed on the foreground using ND8 Cokin P121

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For the record:
Alfred Russel Wallace the famous British naturalist, explorer and geographer stayed on the neighbouring Ternate volcanic island not far from this spot for nearly one year as a base station, exploring Halmahera island and the Moluccas and New Guinea from 1854 to 1862 collecting flora and fauna specimens. The rainforests of Halmahera and other islands of North Maluku province have been described by the World Wildlife Fund as the Halmahera Rain Forests Ecoregion and are home to a number of unique plant and animal species unique to the islands, which are in the Wallacea transition zone containing a mixture of species of Asian and Australasian origin.

The Wallace Line or Wallace's Line is a boundary that separates the ecozones of Asia and Wallacea, which is a transitional zone between Asia and Australia. West of the line are related to Asiatic species; to the east, a mixture of species of Asian and Australian origin are present. The line is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, who noticed this clear dividing line during his travels through the Malay Archipelago in the 19th century. The line runs through Indonesia, between Borneo and Sulawesi (Celebes); and through the Lombok Strait between Bali in the west and Lombok in the east

To honor his great contribution, a road was named after him at his former residence in Ternate island on the slope of Gamalama Volcano as 'Jalan Alfred Russel Wallace' (Jalan means road or street in Indonesian)

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