Went to central java on the 26th-27th of May to locate good and safe locations (GPS) for photographing Mount Merapi, for future reference. Unfortunately I only had clear weather on one of these days, so most of these photos are taken from the north-west/western side of the volcano. Because of this I will need to return, in the near future, to cover the exposed southern slopes.
I also decided to climb to the peak on one of the days. During the visit to the crater I could clearly see the lava dome that is slowly building up, and a very small glowing part of lava. It doesn`t seem that the dome is very active yet, but it is clearly visible, this is consistent with the latest data from the Merapi volcano observatory reports on seismic levels at the time.