An Elusive Mountain

Paula at Lost in Translation has given us a list of five words to chose from for her Thursday Special this week. Her words are,

elusive

viscid

brilliant

profusion

and disorder

Flying over north east Borneo to Sabah, there’s good chance you’ll see Mount Kinabalu, unless you’re very fit, you’ll find it pretty elusive otherwise. Even seven years ago I wouldn’t have been fit enough to climb it, mountain are for looking at!

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Taken from a plane window, this is isn’t the clearest image, if it was it wouldn’t be quite as elusive would it?ūüôā

Paula would love to see you too, pop across and say hello.

 

Partners in mischief

Sabah, Christmas 2009, at the Sepilok orang-utan rehabilitation centre. I was beginning to¬†feel pretty rough, dizzy in fact¬†and¬†I didn’t get¬†better for a few days. It was annoying because we’d found somewhere to have an English Christmas dinner and I could only watch my friends enjoying it. Before that though, I’d seen a troup of orangs arrive for lunch in the centre.¬†There were lots of long tailed macaques, cashing in on the free tuck. Very cheeky monkeys, who would sneek up behind you to see what they could find. Like the baby orangs they were cute when tiny, but here are a couple of pre-teens.

partnersI don’t know what they were up to but they were definitely partners in mischief!

Very Wild Flowers

Jude invites us to share images of wild flowers for the month of May, and this one is about as wild as you can get. Luckily she doesn’t seem to say that they can’t be exotic, because this one was taken on the banks of Kinabatanga river in Borneo.

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I don’t know what it is, it looks quite like a streptocarpus, but I think they originate in South Africa? Visit Jude to join her Garden Challenge, which has a different them each month.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Josh at the Daily Post asks that we show a picture of ‘Inside’ for this weeks challenge. I’m a bit technologically challenged today because my PC is dying and my new laptop isn’t set up yet – wish me luck with that please!

I’ve found something to post though!

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Inside a Cappadochian cave.

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The rope I held to scramble into a cave formed by volcanic eruptions on Mount Etna, Sicily.

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Our guide deep inside the cave.

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Inside Gomantong caves Borneo.

To join in visit http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/

Travel Theme: Sky

Ailsa has the most amazing photo on her site as part of her Sky theme. The one of Bonneville Salt Flats, have a look, I’m sure you’ll like it too. While you’re there, think about joining her challenge this week, everyone has good sky photos!lucidgypsyskyThis is a local one taken on Dartmoor a few years ago.

Borneo sky

The sun going down over Tunku Abdul Raman Park –¬† the islands off of Kota Kinabalu.

Alpine sky

Looking through the sky down to the Alps somewhere over northern Italy.

Sky with a hole

This one is on Borneo, I think the cloud is ascending through a hole in the sky.

To join in visit Ailsa, http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/11/29/travel-theme-sky/

Footnote: My photo of the pink sky on Dartmoor has been taken by Reddit and they have removed my url and replaced it with theirs. It was high ranking on a¬†search for sky.¬†The end result is that it still ranks quite highly but leads to a page that¬†I’m not connected to instead of mine. I can’t find a way to contact them to complain.

More Orang Utans

I just wanted to highlight Isobel’s post that I re-blogged this morning, it’s something that I feel passionate about so if you could just take a look at these beautiful creatures and go over to sign on the link from earlier it would be wonderful. http://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/save-the-orangutans/

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We like it here, but it would be better if there was enough food and nice trees deep in the forest.

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Here is our forest

My cousin is hiding up there, he has darker fur than I do because he chooses all his own food!

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This is a friend
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Will you help to make sure that the baby grows up to have babies too?

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Can you see all those rows of trees? They are taking over our habitat and we need help so that we can survive.

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With credit to Ross and Lori Hall and Lindy Campbell who took some of these photos while I was too ill to hold my camera!

Travel Theme: Animals

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/10/05/travel-theme-animals/

Ailsa has chosen Animals to mark World Animal Day on Thursday, 2 days ago. I was very¬†privileged¬† to be able to visit Sepilok, Borneo to see the orang-utans, really high on my ‘do before I die’ list. I hope you like this beauty!¬†

Travel Theme: Silhouette

I love silhouettes but don’t really have a true one. This is as close as I can get. A picture of my friends taken in Kota Kinabalu looking towards Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands.

There will be more to see over at Ailsa’s place,¬†http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/08/24/silhouette/¬†her own are superb.