This lovely lady is forever indebted to the family I stayed with in Toraja. Many years ago, she found herself in serious trouble. Without a home and without a job, she begged to have a place to stay and food. In return, she promised she would help the family in home duties for the rest of her life. This lady was doing the cooking, cleaning and shoving away of children for the family funeral house.
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This extreme macro was taken in the Togean Islands. This beach crab had eyes that could move out of a recess in the side of its shell, and rotate 90 degrees. If you look closely at full size you can see the individual epidermal cells on the surface of the eye.
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I spent quite a bit of time here relaxing and diving. They have a really great B24 bomber wreck here. Its quite shallow and in really good condition. It has got some of the most diverse reef and marine life I have seen, just off the beach from my hut. I finally got to speak with some westerners again for the first time in a month.
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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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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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