Daily Dose of Beauty: Borneo Big and Small
Daily Dose of Beauty: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photography from my archives, shared with you as we all shelter in place.
April 1st, 2020
When J and I ventured from the beach into the jungle at Bako National Park in Borneo, it only took a few seconds before the trees shook with movement overhead. We looked up and realized a troop of proboscis monkeys was passing over us. Pointing my lens, we followed swiftly after them until we came to a clearing where one of the largest males sat on a tree branch, poised to move again. With incredible grace and power he launched himself to the next tree. I still can’t believe our luck at seeing these amazing creatures in the wild at just the right moment.
Borneo is a marvel of rare and complex life. The island is full of discoveries big and small. From the jungle floor to the tops of the trees, life thrives all around.
We came across lots of carnivorous pitcher plants on the side of the trail. These little hot pockets use nectar and “pitfall traps” to attract insects which fall into the inner cavity where they drown and dissolve in digestive fluid. Such cruel tricks by such beautiful plants!
It wouldn’t be jungle without armies of ants and insects marching every which way, up and down tree trunks, on their way to do whatever it is they’re doing.
Cue the lizard. It’s dinner time! The color and texture (especially) of this small creature still puts me in awe of nature and its divine creativity.
One of Borneo’s most popular endemic species is the orangutan. The Malay meaning of “orang utan” is man of the forest. We saw several at a sanctuary outside Kuching and watched in silence as they enjoyed jackfruit in the treetops while keeping an eye on us down below.
Wherever you are in the world, keep an eye on those you love. Stay home and stay healthy, and enjoy the gift of every day.