I went for a day trekking around Toraja. However I got a cold for the next two days after that. So that was a shame. This family was happy for me to take pictures of there village as they played Javan pop music under the rice barn. Apparently most of the thousands of colorfully painted rice barns throughout Toraja are empty (of rice), and just for funeral decorations now. Funerals are the major event focus for the area.
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Batok, Bromo, Kursi and Semeru can just be made out fom here. It wasnt the best conditions on that day. There was quite a bit of volcanic smoke and clouds. But three volcanoes from one view point isnt bad!
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As you can see Bromo was quite active on the day I visited. And the wind was blowing North east, obscuring the view. Again, you can just make out the staircase up bromo, and below that, the Hindu Temple on the crater base.
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This wild Orangutan was spotted after 3 days trekking in Kutai National Park.
I was based at Camp Kapak and the rangers was all to pleased to see a westerner visit the park and help me find these illusive creatures. They were doing behavioral research at the time using video cameras.
After long sweaty days and plenty of mosquito bites we found this Orangutan high in the canopy. Conditions were near impossible for photography. The animals were too far away. The canopy layers were impenetrable, the light levels were low, but the gaps that had light had direct sunlight. So everything was under lit AND backlit. Flare problems.
But at the end of this encounter the Orangutan came down to the first layer of canopy and we got a good close look. Unfortunately, just after this was taken we got drenched with urine. Maybe it was trying to tell us something!
Seeing these creatures was amazing. To see such a large animal swinging through the trees, using its body mass to bend the tree and get propulsion to the next. They even cross small rivers from the canopy!
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