It’s dark, I’m exhausted, I have a ticket for a bus leaving from a city whose name I have forgotten, and I’ve just lost my travelling companion. Welcome to Columbia!
The 2011 Iditarod has been finished in record time by musher John Baker, who finisihed in 8 days and 18 hours, beating the previous record, which was held by Martin Buser, by two hours. The 48 year-old from Kotzbue Alaska has competed in every Iditerod for the past 15 years, and has finished in the top ten 11 times.
The weather is poor this year, but that’s not stopping Ben Saunders from trying to break the world record for reaching the North Pole by land from Canada this year. All ski teams headed for the geographic North Pole from Resolute Bay, Canada this year cancelled their trips three days ago (March 6th) due to a raplidy dwindling time window for the trip and delays due to poor weather conditions (you can read the story on ExWeb here).
Last month I went to Borneo to photograph the island’s most exotic endangered species: pygmy elephants, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys. All are found only on the island of Borneo (except the orangoutang, which is also found on the island of Sumatra) and all are classified as endangered. Heavy rain prevented me from shooting on all but three days of my trip, but I made the most of the time that I had. Here some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
The Rainforest Discovery Center is located in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve in Malaysia’s province of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The center is just up the road from the Sepilok Orangoutang Sanctuary, and not far from the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. The center features a walkway where you can walk above the canopy, with intermittent towers for bird watchers, as well as trails and numerous educational signs. Both monkeys and orangoutangs can often be seen at the center, although we didn’t see any while we were there. We did, however, see a lot of beautiful rainforest. Here are a few pictures from our walk.
I arrived in Borneo yesterday. Today I’m ready to head out and explore Borneo on a dirt bike. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to get a motorcycle, or figure out where I should ride it to, when I got here, but I went to Ride Borneo and they totally hooked me up. The gave me a good deal on a bike for the week. Showed me all the best places to go on a map. They even gave me a map and drew the location of every gas station along the way on it (apparently running out of gas is easy to do here).