Divine light

...sunrise at Borobodur.

It was a most incredible moment. We climbed the stairs to the top with torches, prior to the pre-dawn twilight, after staying overnight in the sanctuary. As the dawn light touched the Borobodur, it was as though I felt through my feet, the giant mandala tremble as it greeted the sun rising behind the volcano, Mt Merapi. With the dawn, small birds started chirping and flying around the stupas. It was a quite unbelievable feeling and there is a sensation of wonderment for my contemplations.

Afterwards, we toured the galleries of the giant mandala, where our guide told us parables and the story of Siddartha based on the carvings illustrating the walls.

Many thanks to everyone who has commented, faved and followed my photos. It was wonderful to see that two of my photos were in Top 20 this week. Please accept my apologies for not commenting while traveling until the end of next week.
very beautiful Peter! love the silhouettes
posted May 13th, 2012  
great depth in this shot.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Wow !! Incredible location and capture.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Is this part of Lord of the Rings thing or is it real? Great silhouette to remember!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Got to +fav this is just beautiful with your picture you've really managed to transmit serenity and there is almost a spiritual quality to this picture
posted May 13th, 2012  
awesome shot Peter
posted May 13th, 2012  
incredibly beautiful shot!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Wow! It looks mysterious!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Outstanding!
posted May 13th, 2012  
that light is truly awesome
posted May 13th, 2012  
Simply stunning Peter. I particularly love the silhouetted trees and the depth leading out from them. Amazing light.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous.
posted May 13th, 2012  
fave, I love Borobudur, wonderful to see a sunrise shot of those lovely stupas silhouetted against the colourful morning sky
posted May 13th, 2012  
Ooh I thought it looked a magical place even before I read your description... how wonderful, All those early morning rises have been great practice. Superb
posted May 13th, 2012  
Loveliness
posted May 13th, 2012  
This is simply stunning, and your experience sounds wonderful.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Epic Peter - the photo and the story! Great work
posted May 13th, 2012  
A beautiful shot!
posted May 13th, 2012  
bep
Stunning!
posted May 13th, 2012  
So gorgeous!!
posted May 13th, 2012  
oh wow, i'm so jealous!! this is stunning Peter....huge fave for me:)
posted May 13th, 2012  
It sounds incredible. This is a gorgeous shot. Beauitiful silhouettes.
posted May 13th, 2012  
This is stunning! Great shot!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Beautiful sunrise, those look to be giant bells?
posted May 13th, 2012  
Beautiful
posted May 13th, 2012  
ok was scrubbing at my screen trying to get rid of the black dot on the right side of the photo.. LOL this is a stunning photo..
posted May 13th, 2012  
Stunning - it feels very surreal and peaceful.
posted May 13th, 2012  
wonderful shot!
posted May 13th, 2012  
FAV!!! Such beautiful light and silhouettes! Pinning, too!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Great shot and congrats on your shots in the Top 20.
posted May 13th, 2012  
very beautiful!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Awesome.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Wow! This is just spectacular! :D hope you're having an amazing vacation!
posted May 13th, 2012  
This a wonderful! Can't believe it. Wow. Amazing. Unbelievable. Incredible. Fav.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Almost surreal,Peter. It has a 3-D quality that seems to belong to a video game or movie! Well done!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Unbelievable picture, Peter. I can only imagine how it felt to be there. Fav!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Stunning Peter!
posted May 13th, 2012  
wow!!!!
posted May 13th, 2012  
stunning photo and story
posted May 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous shot and lovely silhouettes!!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Stunningly beautiful.
posted May 13th, 2012  
Such a magical place - beautiful silhouette! Another fav!
posted May 13th, 2012  
Another Fav for me, this is just beautiful =)
posted May 13th, 2012  
wonderful shot peter
posted May 13th, 2012  
the image you have captured in this photo seems to live up to the spirituality of the moment - very special! fav
posted May 13th, 2012  
Magical image
posted May 14th, 2012  
really spectacular, Peter... what an amazing adventure you are on!!
posted May 14th, 2012  
How awe inspiring - very spiritual !!!
posted May 14th, 2012  
@nikkers small birds started flying at dawn around Borobodur
posted May 14th, 2012  
Beautiful Peter! The "sun burst" is gorgeous!
posted May 14th, 2012  
Stunning - what a spiritual moment in a spiritual place. Wow!
posted May 14th, 2012  
wow, wow! fav!
posted May 14th, 2012  
Truly fabulous! Fav
posted May 14th, 2012  
Fav Peter. This is just too stunning for words.
posted May 14th, 2012  
Wow fabulous shot
posted May 14th, 2012  
I'm an Indonesian,and this photo looks very amazing,not like other borobudur pictures! Thanks for visiting Indonesia
posted May 14th, 2012  
this is awesome - lovely colours nad those mists are great
posted May 14th, 2012  
Love the shapes and shadows.
posted May 14th, 2012  
Congrats on having 2 in the top 20 Peter. Richly deserved. This shot is another beauty!
posted May 14th, 2012  
This is a great picture. Congratulations on the poplar page. Fav
posted May 14th, 2012  
Awesome - another fav
posted May 14th, 2012  
This is the most incredible shot. Fav xx
posted May 14th, 2012  
Great lights and silhouette
posted May 14th, 2012  
stunning shot. fav.
posted May 14th, 2012  
Truly amazing!
posted May 14th, 2012  
Fav. Other than that, I'm speechless.
posted May 15th, 2012  
FAV
posted May 15th, 2012  
Not one bit surprised that this is on the PP!
posted May 15th, 2012  
Wow, and what everyone else said. And wow
posted May 15th, 2012  
My Goodness, this is outstanding!
posted May 15th, 2012  
Wonderful tones and light. Fav!
posted May 15th, 2012  
Love the Lighting and the beautiful tones Fav!
posted May 15th, 2012  
yay you are back!!!!!!!!!!! - your words are tremendous - your shot just incredible peter and yes very much a fav!
posted May 15th, 2012  
eva
Stunning composition with beautiful morning light.
posted May 15th, 2012  
Excellent story, shot and silhouettes. Amazing, Peter! That is some vacation you are on. I really need to get out more:)!
posted May 16th, 2012  
Beautiiful, the soft light gives it an almost mystical feeling. Great info.
posted May 16th, 2012  
oh that is divine alright!
posted May 16th, 2012  
Great shot!!
posted May 16th, 2012  
Superb shot!

Except that our day was 14th May, we may have passed close by you at Borobudur! Small world, but a beautiful and exciting one.
posted May 17th, 2012  
just great Peter... missed this one but just seen in the top 20 - good work mate..
posted May 18th, 2012  
Stunning shot!
posted May 18th, 2012  
One more fabulous picture on the top 20 Peter, congrats.
posted May 18th, 2012  
Excellent Peter, congrats on T20!
posted May 18th, 2012  
Stunning - have you seen Graham Harcombe;s pics (@ellida) Looks like you're in the same place!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Awesome!
posted May 19th, 2012  
Stunning!
posted May 19th, 2012  
No.7 for the week Peter. Well done and congrats!!
posted May 20th, 2012  
...awesome!!! congrats on Top 20:)))
posted May 21st, 2012  
Congrats on the top 20 Peter!
posted May 23rd, 2012  
Congrats on the top 20! That's an amazing shot!
posted May 23rd, 2012  
Wow!
posted May 23rd, 2012  
Leave a Comment
Sign up for a free account or Sign in to post a comment.