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End of the River, Borneo

End of the River, Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3851: This is the end of the navigable AI River in Borneo. It was here that Deb and I stepped out of our canoes and embarked on an epic backpacking trip with the Iban tribe. We were only the third outsiders ever to hike the Red Ape Trail, and our […]

Hangin’ with an orangutan

Hangin’ with an orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #3813: Hangin’ out with an orangutan on the island of Borneo.

From a Borneo Night Hike

From a Borneo Night Hike

Marty’s photo of the day #3811: Night hikes in rainforests always bring out creatures that make you say, “What the fuck is that!” This is a long-legged centipede, photographed on a Borneo night hike.

Kuching at night

Kuching at night

Marty’s photo of the day #3804: The city of Kuching, in the state of Sarawak, in the country of Malaysia, on the island of Borneo—at night.

Borneo elephants

Borneo elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3786: Elephants in the rainforest of Borneo.

Orangutans

Orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #3785: A gathering of seemingly happy orangutans on the island of Borneo.

Borneo assassin bug

Borneo assassin bug

Marty’s photo of the day #3690: I photographed this assassin bug in the rainforest of Borneo.

Tiger leeches attack!

Tiger leeches attack!

Marty’s photo of the day #3677: When Deb and I backpacked through the rainforest of Borneo, tiger leeches, posed like this one, were an uncommon sight. That’s because we usually didn’t see them until they grabbed onto us, worked their way through our socks, and started draining us of our blood. Fortunately, tiger leeches don’t […]

Borneo stick insect

Borneo stick insect

Marty’s photo of the day #3644: Here’s one of the many stick insects I photographed while backpacking in the rainforest of Borneo.

Orangutans vs Republicans

Orangutans vs Republicans

Marty’s photo of the day #3610: While on the island of Borneo, I watched two baby orangutans comfort each other, when they wandered too far from the orangutan rehabilitation facility and became lost in the dark. Meanwhile, in Montana, our Republican governor and legislature have passed bills taking away women’s rights, taking away trans rights, […]

Orangutan close-up

Orangutan close-up

Marty’s photo of the day #3606: Here’s a big male orangutan, I photographed on the island of Borneo.

Borneo Mushrooms

Borneo Mushrooms

Marty’s photo of the day #3595: Mushrooms in the rainforest of Borneo.

Land leeches and crabs

Land leeches and crabs

Marty’s photo of the day #3578: Growing up in northern Minnesota, I learned that leeches and crabs lived in lakes and rivers. In Borneo’s rainforests, that’s not always the case. Leeches would get into my socks as I backpacked, and if I looked carefully, I’d occasionally find crabs staring at me from large leaves.

How’s the war?

How’s the war?

Marty’s photo of the day #3564: This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, tells the story: Our adventure began on Friday, April 11, 2003, when we landed at Kuching Airport. Our guide, Bayang, picked us up with the Borneo Adventure van. He was a muscular, round-faced man in […]

Maroon langur

Maroon langur

Marty’s photo of the day #3561: This is a maroon langur, photographed on the island of Borneo. I’ll never forget hiking through the rainforest during the heat of the day, and finding them draped over branches, like clothes drying on a line.

Nanga Sumpa

Nanga Sumpa

Marty’s photo of the day #3551: For anyone who has read my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, this is Nanga Sumpa, the Iban longhouse that Deb and I raced the flooding deep-canyon river to get to. In Borneo, entire tribes live in a single longhouse, and when […]

Our feet tell the story

Our feet tell the story

Marty’s photo of the day #3539: For those who have read my just released sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, this photo says a lot. I took it the day after Deb’s and my backpacking trip on the mountainous island of Borneo with the Iban tribe. When torrential […]

Defying death in Borneo

Defying death in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3525: One of the chapters in my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, follows Deb and me on a death-defying backpacking trip in Borneo with the Iban, a tribe once famous for headhunting. Here’s an excerpt from that chapter. Johnathan was […]

A whole other level of stupid

A whole other level of stupid

Marty’s photo of the day #3458: “Trump did what? And his cult bought it? Oh, man, that’s a whole other level of stupid. Even baboons wouldn’t fall for that.” (Orangutan, photographed on the island of Borneo)

The end of navigable water

The end of navigable water

Marty’s photo of the day #3437: For those who have read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, or have seen my college show, Around the World in 90 Minutes, this is the navigable end of the Batang AI River in Borneo. Here, Deb and I would get out of our […]

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