Posts with tag: "wildlife"
Looking into the eyes of an Orangutan
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Looking into the eyes of an Orangutan

It only took one gaze from him, to dispel the unbearable discomfort from my sweat drenched shirt and throbbing mosquito bites. In the eyes of one of the last remanding great ancestors of our species, I saw a reflection of  intelligence, vitality, and existence. It took us 4 hours puttering up the Sekonyer river on our Klotok, a traditional Indonesian river boat to get us to our first orangutan viewing spot . We docked our temporary floating home at Tanjung Harapan, one of three orangutan rehabilitation camps in Tanjung Puting National Park. Feeding time for the furry residents at this camp was at 14:00 . I waited impatiently. Eager to catch our first glimpse of our first Orangutan we ...

PARADISE UNDER SIEGE : Why the world's oldest rainforest is being consumed for profit
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Looking into the eyes of an Orangutan

I was swept in an idyllic jungle adventure fantasy as our houseboat meandered up the majestic Sekonyer. All my senses were assaulted by the raw untouched environment as we witnessed the occasional kingfisher swoop down in front of the boat, the playful macaques frolicking in the branches above and the elusive orangutans nestled high in the old growth trees. The journey into the rainforest was a brief glimpse of what existed before the arrival of man, but the fantasy quickly faded as the direness of the situation unfolded before me.Surrounding the magical paradise of Tanjung Puting National park (TPNP) is a critical threat that besieges the 130 million year old tropical rainforest. The rapid ...

Tutorial #2 - The Wildlife down under
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Looking into the eyes of an Orangutan

Wildlife photography has always brought me great joy whether it was in my own wonderful forests of British Columbia or hiking in Yellowstone National Park. After spending two and a half months in Australia I have definitely seen some of the most interesting animals in the world. Most serious wildlife photographers lug around large and heavy telephoto lenses to very specific planned destinations to shoot wildlife. They usually have a specific animal in mind and will spend a lot of money and time to capture the amazing work they do. However many of us like myself are not dedicated wildlife photographers but we love to travel and usually bump into some exotic animals along the way. Today I am ...