The Painted Lakes
We climbed through clouds and rain to reach the crater lakes at Kelimutu, Flores. Sacred to the local people, who believe that souls return to them on death, the three lakes are different colours — which can change, apparently at random, year on year.
Why? No one knows, exactly. But it’s something to do with the density of minerals in these volcanic lakes, a density so high that they look like pools of enamel paint.
Some years they are scarlet, turquoise and rust. But when we went, one was turquoise and yellow, a second a rich deep jade, and the third a green so dark it was almost black.