What comes to mind when I say… Borneo?
What is the first thing you think of? For me it’s diversity.
The montane forests of Borneo are like high altitude islands in a sea of lowland forests. This place hides a unique and rich selection of species from Asian and Australasian families, making Borneo’s montane habitats some of the most diverse on Earth and THAT is what excites me. Diversity.
Each time I travel to Svalbard the sense of adventure is palpable as regardless of where you are from the place is wonderfully foreign. It literally feels like you are in a different world and this not only excites the explorer in me but it also makes my photographic voice sit up an take notice. Everything holds some sort of fascination and you look at every scene and subject in a new light. Add to this a camera and sense of adventure and there really is no way you can be disappointed.
Imagine going to a place and not having anything in your own portfolio with which to compare the images you are creating. To me this is very exciting as anything you create, any image you make, is new and will push you to explore your own photography and the way you look at the world around you. This is what I am personally looking forward to when I host our brand new Borneo expedition in 2018. No photographic rules. No expectations. No comparison. Just good, solid wildlife photography which, regardless of whether it’s documentary in nature or more creative, will feel brand new.
Borneo is home to an incredible 222 mammal species including 44 endemic – meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world – 420 species of birds species (37 endemic), 100 species of amphibians and 394 species of fish. The photographic and wildlife sightings possibilities are literally astounding!
Although Borneo conjures images of dense tropical rainforests, the landscape offers a mosaic of varied habitats including mangroves, peat swamp and swamp forests, ironwood, heath and montane forests. These areas form part of a complex ecosystem that has evolved over thousands of years. On a map of Southeast Asia, the island of Borneo is the third largest in the world and stands out as an imposing mass in the middle of the Indo-Malaysian archipelago which is divided between Indonesia, Brunei-Darussalam and Malaysia.
Borneo’s tropical rainforests and climate provide the ideal conditions for a wide variety of species to thrive and that is the reason why we have added this destination to our 2018 safari calendar. You can read more about the trip I will be leading in 2018 here but for now here are a few new images that I’ve received from Charlie , who I will be working with as our local guide next year, that shows but a small bit of the incredible diversity of Borneo and what you could expect should you join me in 2018.
Landscapes, wildlife, birds and even macro; this destination will not only challenge you photographically – but don’t worry that’s why I’m there to help – but you will also change the way you see nature photography as you explore your own creativity and craft. It will be… an amazing adventure!
1 amazing Wild Eye adventure!
Interested in this Adventure?
Check out all the information on our Rainforests of Borneo safari and secure your seat on this incredible Wild Eye experience which will accommodate only 4 guests!More Info
For more information on the trip, including an itinerary and image gallery, please visit this page. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot on this exciting new departure please get in touch and I’ll gladly assist to assist you in joining me in Borneo in 2018!
Until next time.
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