El Turbón

El Turbon

(1/100, f7.1, iso-800, 55mm)

Last year on a (off the) roadtrip through the Spanish Pyrenees me and a friend found an empty little chapel on top of a small mountain with views all around and we decided to spend the evening and night there.
Seeing the sun come up the next morning from behind the high mountains was spectacular.

The mountain to the left is ´El Turbón´ and is special to me, because it is visible from the garden of friends who live in a nearby valley and such a lone giant.

This was the same sunrise as the Lost Mountain-photo from more than a year ago.

Dawn of the Planet of the Great Apes

 The day before we got lucky and saw Orangutans in the wild (and I do have a photo from that soon!) I wanted to find these pieces of street art by Ernest Zacharevic, a young Lithuania-born artist who transformed many empty spaces in Malaysia.

These were made in the streets of Kuching, a coastal city in the Malysian part of Borneo.

( 1/100 & 1/125, F6.3, ISO200, 17mm)

Acid Forest

Purple Rain

(1/125, F5, ISO400, 17mm)

 In a burned-out house in Kapar (Malaysia) I found this melted paint on the wall.
It reminded me of the artwork for Radiohead´s album The King of Limbs.

The artist who is responsible for Radioheads art and the colorful forest paintings this wall made me think of
is Stanley Donwood.

Deer Cave & the Butterfly

Deer Cave

(1/13, F4, ISO1600, 10mm)

 This is Deer cave. Actually a little overhang with a (hiding) butterfly and in the back (half of) the biggest cave passage in the world, at least until 2009 when Hang Son Doong, or “Mountain River Cave,” was found in a remote part of Vietnam.

After an hour hike through the primary rainforest of Mulu National Park in the middle of Malaysian Borneo we arrived at the biggest cave entrance I´ve ever seen.

The magnitude of the cave passage was unbelievable and because of its height of around 150m and width of 90m it is a safe haven for over 3 million bats of 3o different species whom swarm out at dusk in beautiful circling ribbons (see a video here) to avoid predators like hawks.

I hope to publish a photo of the immensity of this cave passage soon…

Convex and Concave

The Stairs

(1/400, F7.1, ISO200, 10mm)

On my recent trip to Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia) finding the underground mosque in the Taman Sari complex was my favorite experience, which was only possible with the help of a local guide.

During the mid-18th century, the Sultan of Yogyakarta began work on the Taman Sari Water Castle. Comprised of lavish gardens and pools, it also featured a bizarre man-made sea, connected beneath the ground with underwater tunnels and small island buildings. One of these island structures was used as a mosque, and was only accessible by underwater passage.

The tiny mosque, although basic, had all the necessary parts of a mosque including a mihrab, guiding worshippers toward Mecca. It also featured a series of staircases leading from the underwater entrances resembling MC Escher’s complex architecture work. Staircases lead up from five different doorways to a central platform and another staircase connects the five lower staircases to a higher doorway.

Today many of the remains of the great 17th century complex have been lost. The pools were emptied, which allowed for the discovery of many of the underground structures, but have destroyed the pristine castle quality. Human settlements have taken the place of the man-made lake, and much of the other buildings are ruins. In 1995, the entire complex was listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.

Everybody´s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

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(1/250, F6.3, ISO400, 235mm)

 Just back from an incredible trip to Malaysian Borneo with some photos that are out of my comfort zone. One of those subjects being wildlife, but when these proboscis monkeys decided to have a meeting in front of my veranda in Bako National Park it was an opportunity not to be missed!

Normally pretty hard to find 4 long-nosed males came swinging down the trees and sat down just metres away from us.

By coincidence (or not) they are also known as Orang Belanda (`Dutch human`, like me) because of the same big nose and swollen belly as the first Dutch colonisers that arrived here.

(more on Borneo soon…)

Don´t Drink the Yellow Water

Don´t drink the yellow water

(1/125, F6.3, ISO100, 19mm)

 Another photo from the abandoned Chinese shophouses
in Kampung Kepayang where I took the similar Pulling Tea photo.

On another note: been traveling to Thailand last week without a camera, but will be in Borneo with my camera next weeks, so not too much blogging and photos, but will be back with more…


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