Photographer's Note

From my routine just after sunrise at Sulamadaha beach on the north east of Ternate Island, a highly active volcanic island in North Maluku Province. The morning was lovely and calm on this scenic location shaded by the legendary Gamalama volcano 1715m, can be seen rising high behind my back. The cloud formation was of my great interest here as if nature had brush-painted 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 and unperturbed and this was one such unforgettable moment witnessing once in a life time Mother Nature at her finest unusual creation.

Setting: 16mm, 1/60, F5.6, ISO raw 100, 0710 hrs, plus Cokin GND filter & Polariser.


This tiny island was once on the western world map known as Spice Island or better known as the Moluccas. There were great contentions between three maritime superpowers beginning in the 16th centuries, the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch to gain control of this island for its most valuable commodity, Cloves and Nutmegs. Eventually Ternate went to the Dutch - Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in the 17th who secured a monopoly in the profitable trade. The rest is history.............

It's almost a forgotten historic island now and least visited even to most Indonesians.

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