INSECTS, BORNEO

There are huge bugs in Borneo. Touch this insect and you get the following result.

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It really isn’t the type of place that you go to if you are don’t like insects. There are a LOT of them.

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I am sad to say that there is one place I FAILED as a photographer, and that is the leeches. We went during leech season and it was nasty. There is no other way to describe it than nasty. They are everywhere, they are heat seekers and they are aggressive. I did not get a single clean shot, even with a lens that could go to 300mm because I was too worried about stopping and having 10 other leeches drop down on me. Enjoy this fuzz shot.

Why is it stretching? Because it is seeking a host. It is crazy – you put your hand a few inches away and it will wriggle around in a frenzy. They are everywhere – under every branch, on the path, in the canopy above waiting to drop down on you. Everywhere.

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This fellow eats insects. I almost put my hand where he/she was sitting on the log as I climbed up the trail.

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Did I mentioned the leaches? EVERYWHERE.

BABY, BORNEO

We travelled to Borneo with one primary goal, orangutans. We saw them every day, in different spots. Every time we came upon them I was always left wondering – who is watching who?

This baby was tough to shoot. He was 10m up in the air and I seemed to always be shooting into the sun no matter where I moved. Very difficult. The only advantage was my Canon 28-300mm which allowed me to get close.

He dropped that lime on us.

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I am not sure what an Orangutan laugh sounds like but ….

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A perspective on how far away he was. The mother and son kept their distance/height.

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Shooting into the sun again. A shot of mom.

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At the sanctuary it was much easier to see and shoot the Orangutans.

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Wonderful experience.

PRIMARY JUNGLE, BORNEO

It is difficult to get a feel for just how magnificent a primary jungle is (Primary: meaning that it has never been logged). These are very old trees. These two provide perspective.

This first shot, I am shooting downward from high up in the tree on the walkway. There is still a very long way “down”.

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The second provides a “human” reference point.

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THE GREAT WALL, A FEW MORE SHOTS

An amazing hike.

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Mind the gap.

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An excellent perspective on the elevation changes – as the wall winds up and down the hills/mountains.

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A rather “overly steep” part of the wall that we did not climb.

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And one that we did.

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A truly impressive remnant of days long past.