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Exploring Indonesia

Words and Photography by Ricky Kresslein

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Stepping foot in Indonesia for the first time, photographer Ricky Kresslein was surprised by the organized chaos. He soon found that sprinkled within the chaos of the cities and daily life were some of the most beautiful scenes on earth. Indonesia is home to dozens of active volcanoes, incredible white-sand beaches, temples, and orangutans.

Borobudur is a temple and UNESCO World Heritage site in central Java, Indonesia. The iconic bells each contain a sitting Buddha. The setting sun lights up the sky as the Buddha looks outward.
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Borobudur is a temple and UNESCO World Heritage site in central Java, Indonesia. The iconic bells each contain a sitting Buddha. The setting sun lights up the sky as the Buddha looks outward.

Mt Bromo is an active volcano on the island of Java. In 2015 its activity level started to rise, stirring fear and curiosity as to when it may erupt again. Here you can see the smoke rising from the crater at sunrise.
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Mt Bromo is an active volcano on the island of Java. In 2015 its activity level started to rise, stirring fear and curiosity as to when it may erupt again. Here you can see the smoke rising from the crater at sunrise.

A sea tunnel at Atuh Beach on the island of Nusa Penida, a hidden gem off the coast of Bali. Visit this beach soon to see the tunnel intact. It looks like it could collapse in our lifetime.
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A sea tunnel at Atuh Beach on the island of Nusa Penida, a hidden gem off the coast of Bali. Visit this beach soon to see the tunnel intact. It looks like it could collapse in our lifetime.

The ancient Prambanan Temple is one of the biggest attractions in Yogyakarta, a city in the center of Java, Indonesia. Its stone architecture, some of which has crumbled and lies stacked around the temple, provides a glimpse into the history of Indonesia.
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The ancient Prambanan Temple is one of the biggest attractions in Yogyakarta, a city in the center of Java, Indonesia. Its stone architecture, some of which has crumbled and lies stacked around the temple, provides a glimpse into the history of Indonesia.

It was surprisingly easy to get within a few feet of an orangutan in Sumatra. This wild, male orangutan was curious to see what all the human tourists were doing in the forest, and he came down from the trees to check on us.
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It was surprisingly easy to get within a few feet of an orangutan in Sumatra. This wild, male orangutan was curious to see what all the human tourists were doing in the forest, and he came down from the trees to check on us.

The Campuhan Ridge walk is one of the most popular activities in Ubud, Bali. The beautiful walk over the mountain's ridge ends at a rice paddy and cafe where the tired hiker can get a coffee and watch the sun set over the ridge.
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The Campuhan Ridge walk is one of the most popular activities in Ubud, Bali. The beautiful walk over the mountain's ridge ends at a rice paddy and cafe where the tired hiker can get a coffee and watch the sun set over the ridge.

At the end of the Campuhan Ridge walk, hikers can take a stroll through this rice terrace and watch the farmers plant or harvest their crops.
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At the end of the Campuhan Ridge walk, hikers can take a stroll through this rice terrace and watch the farmers plant or harvest their crops.

Published on March 9, 2018
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