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From its startling and violent eruption to serene and calm state, the placid turquoise lake of Mt. Pinatubo boasts as soon as you enter the caldera seemingly entices trekkers to plunge into its tranquil mineral-rich lake.
Rain throughout the years, being the primary diluter helped a lot to lower the sulfur content of the caldera making it safe for swimming.

BACKGROUND:
Mt. Pinatubo, a stratoactive volcano, known for it's fierce and ferocious eruption in the year 1991; a cataclysmic phenomena which evoked global cooling and the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century (after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta-thanks wiki) and the largest eruption in living memory. Its eruption was felt worldwide, ash fell over most of the South China Sea and ashfall was recorded as far away as Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. Most of all, the eruption caused a large increase in the destruction rate of ozone.

STORY:
This was the second time I visited this enchanting Volcano. From a 2-hour extremely rough ride 4x4 through the lahar deposists (mudflow or landslide composed of pyroclastic material) and a 2-hour trek to the crater, all the tiredness and fatigue was easily wiped out seeing this pristine caldera. It all paid off and everything was all the worth.

Shot with a cokin GND .9 filter. The weather was fine during the hike, there was no sun, but when we arrived at the crater, storm clouds gathered making it not the most suitable condition for shooting. On the lighter side, I guess it created an interesting effect and as soon as a hint of sunlight showed, I grabbed that opportunity.

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