"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Where Mud Flows Endlessly – The Mud of Sidoarjo

I've had just enough time to...  ponder the greed of men 

Taken of the village boys watching the mud flow of Sidoarjo, Java that flooded their village

The mud bubbling out the vent from the ground in the distance indicated by the rising steam

The mud was in the ground
As it always had been
Man’s greed caused it
To be pumped out
To get to the gas within
But man did not reckon
With Nature’s wrath
Now the mud flows endlessly
Inundating the poor man’s house
While the rich ran away
That is the tragedy of Lusi

Houses in higher ground covered up to the roof, all else have gone under


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    In May 2006, the drilling of gas in Sidoarjo caused a mud volcano to erupt killing 15 villagers and displacing 40,000. It has so far disgorged 144 million cubic meters of mud and still continued to spew out mud enough to fill 50 Olympic size swimming pools daily and it will continue to do so for another 30 years. The mud pool now covers an area of 7 square meters and is 20 meter deep. A 10 meter dyke is built around it to contain the mud while it is being continuously pumped into the Porong river causing an ecological disaster. What is even more of a disaster is the lives lost and the tens of thousands who were driven from their home. Some still live under dangerous conditions holding on for a better compensation. Lusi is the short form for “lumpur Sidoarjo” or the Mud of Sidoarjo. These young boys were sitting on top of the 10 meter (33 feet) dyke looking at their homes that were completely covered with mud.

    ♥♥Ever-Green Veronica♥♥
    Hello Thou................You said it..... "Man's greed caused it............"
    ....The photos and blog spot are interesting to look at and to know..... but enough to sad that all this is happening... and keeps happening, maybe in different dimensions....all over....
    Thank you my Dear friend..... My heart is with all the persons envolved....
    Hace a good day... take care..... :-) ♥♥

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ and ho.ge added this photo to their favorites.

    unbelievable destructions all over the earth - greed and establishment folly :(

    Sad tragedy...they who despoil the earth forever now must carry with them the heaviness of the guilt and the scorn of all living creatures whose homes they have destroyed.

    Douglas Brown
    A wonderful photograph but a horrible story! Like you say, we will all pay for this greed and ignorance at some point, and probably not all that far into the Future.
    I went to your webpage and enjoyed it, too... a very informative and interesting blog. Wonderful work.
    Take care, Doug.

    ★Douglas Brown and ineedathis added this photo to their favorites.

    Very sad to hear about natural disasters, I wonder what those youngsters talk about?
    Excellent perspective by you!

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "
    This photo was invited and added to the PHODDÁSTICA!!! ® group.

    Valter49 (off... on)

    Gloria Sanvicente
    Very sad story. Outstanding capture!
    .•*´¨´¨*•Admired in the group flickr ♥♥♥ friends
    Thank you for sharing with us!¸.•*´¨´¨*•

    So tragic...but well documented by you.
    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    henrhyde (gill)
    A beautiful and very sad image.
    progress gone mad --for the rich

    Elliot young
    Great shot

    ★i_still_believe_in_u added this photo to their favorites.
    darlin little moment!!

    Charlie Chapman 75
    A beautiful capture that somehow says to me that these children can still see the hope amongst the despair. It is a sad story, that has been repeated over and over for far too many years.

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites.
    I remember seeing a documentary on this a few years back

    Um trabalho Genial... Bem-Haja por estar desse lado…Tenha um bom dia…Sinceros desejos deste seu Amigo…
    ************************* PENSAMENTO DO DIA, PARA UM DIA MELHOR ************************
    ***"A verdadeira obra de arte é apenas uma sombra da perfeição divina."***

  3. GPMTZ
    Well done my friend.

    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.
    Hard worker...

    Because disorder unattended can become chaos. And chaos precludes rational thought. The fisherman's daily task of cleaning the boat I imagine has as much to do with keeping the sea birds away as anything. Attracted by the smell of the day's haul of fish they would inundate his boat with their toxic waste. You always make me think on things I've never considered before, thou *~* Lovely detailed shot! Nice diagonal comp!
    ★ana_lee_smith added this photo to her favorites.

    Wonderful capture and once again, thought provoking words.
    This photo was invited and added to the Written Pages group.

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    RavenSpirit Images
    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    antonè.. new summer look ;-)
    Il tuo pescatore è molto paziente come è giusto che sia!! chissà quante volte ha gettato la rete senza pescare neanche un pesce? eppure la sua pazienza lo spinge a ributtare la rete tutti i giorni:-)))!!!
    Anche la barca deve essere sempre pulitissima, tutti i giorni:-))!!

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    I think he earned an honest days of work, nice to see fisherman at work
    I used to love watching them in Greece when I was young,
    great shot!

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites. A great photo and a wonderful description


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