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Orangutan

Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #3252: Orangutan, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Kuching rainstorm

Kuching rainstorm

Marty’s photo of the day #3246: A rainstorm passes over Kuching, Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.

Orangutan happiness

Orangutan happiness

Marty’s photo of the day #3215: I had some camera problems when I was in Borneo, so this photo has a lot of digital noise. Nevertheless, this shot makes me smile. I call it “Orangutan Happiness.”

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

Digital camera blues

Digital camera blues

Marty’s photo of the day #3187: If I were able to go back in time and re-do my trips to all seven continents, the first thing I would do is buy a different camera for my Borneo adventure. I always travel with two cameras, and for a while I was updating one new camera each […]

Colorful bamboo

Colorful bamboo

Marty’s photo of the day #3171: I hadn’t realized how brightly colored bamboo could be, until I saw it growing wild in the rainforests of Borneo.

Borneo at nightt

Borneo at nightt

Marty’s photo of the day #3135: Whether Deb and I were in the rainforests of Peru, Costa Rica, Borneo, or Australia, night hikes were always among the best parts of our adventures. Each night, after dark, we’d head out looking for snakes, frogs, lizards, arachnids, and insects that looked like they were from another planet. […]

When an elephant charges

When an elephant charges

Marty’s photo of the day #3134: I photographed this elephant on the island of Borneo. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes the event: I crept down the road to where the elephants had entered the forest. Their path cut straight through the thick foliage. I […]

Bedtime for baby orangutans

Bedtime for baby orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #3109: One night, I hiked through the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which is located in the rainforest of Borneo. I heard a noise and discovered these two escapees. The rehabilitation center takes in orangutans that have been displaced or injured due to the ripping down of rainforests in favor of […]

My aren’t you beautiful?

My aren’t you beautiful?

Marty’s photo of the day #3100: We haven’t gone to Borneo for a while, so here’s a female comb-crested agamid lizard. She’s looking at her reflection in my camera lens.

Borneo Walking Stick

Borneo Walking Stick

Marty’s photo of the day #3021: I photographed this walking stick while backpacking with the Iban (a tribe once famous for headhunting), deep in Borneo’s rainforest.

Kuching, Kuching

Kuching, Kuching

Marty’s photo of the day #2986: When Deb and I traveled to the island of Borneo, we spent a night in the city of Kuching before heading out on our rainforest backpacking trip. This is the city at night, photographed from the balcony of our hotel room.

The time-telling insect

The time-telling insect

Marty’s photo of the day #2961: Okay, this is not the prettiest photo I’ve ever posted, but I think you’ll appreciate it more when you read this short excerpt from the Borneo chapter of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. (So you know: Stephen grew up in the rainforest and […]

Orangutan basics

Orangutan basics

Marty’s photo of the day #2938: I photographed this Orangutan on the island of Borneo. Here are a few orangutan facts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering they share 96.4 percent […]

Flying snakes!

Flying snakes!

Marty’s photo of the day #2933: Is this a flying snake? While I was on the island of Borneo, I saw a flying squirrel, a flying frog, a flying lemur, and a gliding lizard. Flying snakes (technically they glide) exist on Borneo, but there are so many animals there that have yet to be properly […]

Apparently, it’s edible

Apparently, it’s edible

Marty’s photo of the day #2932: Yes, I know what you thought the instant you saw this. But it’s called “eyeball fungi.” I photographed it while backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. The Iban I was with at the time said that the fungi was edible, and I could try it […]

The intrepid wife

The intrepid wife

Marty’s photo of the day #2912: When my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, came out, and national reviewers read about Deb’s and my adventures racing a flash flood in Borneo, swimming with piranhas in the Amazon Rainforest, and surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe, they all settled on a common […]

From the deep dark rainforest of Borneo

From the deep dark rainforest of Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #2909: While working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, Deb and I were only the third outsiders to backpack with the Iban (a reformed headhunting tribe) across a special section of Borneo’s rainforest. You can read about our adventure in my book, so I […]

The feet tell the story

The feet tell the story

Marty’s photo of the day #2846: Why am I posting a photo of Deb’s and my feet? If you’ve read my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” you know. We were only the third outsiders to ever hike deep into a section of Borneo’s rainforest. We lost our guide halfway through […]

Flying lizard!

Flying lizard!

Marty’s photo of the day #2845: Look closely! Camouflaged on the tree is a flying lizard that I photographed on the island of Borneo. Flying lizards are difficult to spot and even more difficult to photograph. As soon as I’d get one of these shy creatures into focus, it would fling itself into the air […]

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