Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Living Merapi

Mount Merapi. 2008 / Rony Zakaria

Mid 2006, two years have passed since Mount Merapi errupted, forcing locals living at the slope saving for their lives from the mountain's wrath. Not the first for them.

After the dusts and chaos fade away. When peacefulness replacing anger, Merapi brings a lot of blessing for the villagers around its slope. One of them is the constant flow of active lava to the valley near the villages. The active lava produces top quality rock and sands for raw materials. Most of the villagers live their life as sand and rock miners at the valley.

They not only working to make ends meet but also keeping the harmony in balance. Without the miners, the lava which never stops flowing will drown the valley and possibly the village.

This is how the Merapi people live with their nature. Living in harmony and in balance.

Living with Merapi.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Kutipan Pilihan

Merapi, Central Java. 2008 / Rony Zakaria

"On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning"
- Henry David Thoreau