Here are 3 swinging images from Borneo. Firstly, everybody’s favourite, I hope, the orang-utan or orang utan. This is a shot taken at Sepilok, a rehab centre for orang-utan.
The second is the only shot I obtained of a truly wild orang. It was shot from a canoe at great distance on a misty morning. Not quite Gorillas in the Mist but close.
And finally on the swingers theme, my favourite….. a wild proboscis monkey, complete in bomber jacket. Eat your heart out Jimmy Durante.
But because I know you like the heffalumps, here is a final one. Do you come here often?
I’ll have another trawl through the Borneo archive later and see what gems remain hidden.
After the success of yesterday’s elephant shot today I am offering two elephants for the price of one in a Black Wednesday Special. This was shot with a 24-105mm lens at 95mm but with the crop factor that gave me a little more reach. Nevertheless it tells you how close I was to shoot this. The original shot was a massive 8mb so don’t tell me I need 35.
It was also quite a hard shot to take emotionally. What we were watching was an elephant trying to climb a slippery bank to keep up with the herd. It kept failing and was becoming increasingly frantic and distressed. The elephant face on to the camera is trying to help its fellow herd member and out of shot another elephant was pushing also – a true “push me pull you” effort. Eventually the three elephants all made it to safety and rejoined the herd.
It reminded me that the family or community spirit of elephants is every bit as strong as our own. Possibly stronger. If only elephants ran Congress.
A previously unprocessed image of a wild Bornean pygmy elephant. I photographed this from a canoe with a 300mm F2.8 lens in May 2006. It was a mesmerising experience being so close to the herd.