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Tales from Indonesia – always dangerously beautiful.


The Bornean Orangutan and the Clouded Leopard: Threatened Twins on Borneo

Two Bornean icons destined for the history of ecology.


The Critically Endangered Bornean Orangutan in Indonesia ➨

LOOK DEEP INTO THE EYES OF AN ORANGUTAN, and you might find a very old soul gazing back at you.

Endangered Orangutan skulls carved by Dayak tribe in Borneo, Indonesia

Endangered orangutan skulls carved by Dayak tribes in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.


Indonesia: The Vulnerable Clouded Leopard of Borneo ➨

SOME SAY A LEOPARD CAN'T CHANGE ITS SPOTS – but the Clouded Leopard did. Its uniquely long sabre teeth and gaping jaws just gave the game away...

The skull and sabre-teeth of an endangered Sunda Clouded Leopard from Dayak Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

The skull and saber teeth of a vulnerable Sunda Clouded Leopard in a tribal Dayak longhouse in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.


The pronounced occipital crest, typical of a large feline predator, on the skull of a Clouded Leopard from Dayak Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

The pronounced sagittal crest, typical of a large feline predator, on the skull of a Clouded Leopard from Dayak Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.


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Anyone for Honey? The Sun Bear of Borneo ➨

ALSO KNOWN AS 'THE HONEY BEAR' FOR ITS LOVE OF HONEY, the vulnerable Malayan Sun Bear is the smallest of the bear species.

Indonesia's Sun Bear is also one of the rarest bears on the planet.



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The Big Picture

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BALI – The Soul of Indonesia.


Bali Portraits ➨

Balinese housewife with rice-paste facial, Ubud, Bali

PORTRAITS from Bali's female side.


Balinese-Hindu Melasti Water-Purification Ceremony Before Nyepi, the Day of Silence ➨

Balinese-Hindu faithful de-camp from trucks at Masceti Beach for the annual Melasti ceremony, Bali, Indonesia

BEACH-SIDE water purification ceremonies in the lead-up to Nyepi, Bali's Hindu Saka New Year and Day of Silence.


Ogoh-Ogoh Parades and Festivals on the Eve of Nyepi in Bali ➨

A toothy, topless ogoh-ogoh monster sports a necklace of poisonous snakes in Singakerta, Ubud, the day before Nyepi

OGOH-OGOH PARADES of papier-mâché monsters in Ubud, Sanur, Renon and Kuta on the eve of Nyepi – Bali's Hindu Day of Silence.


'Kerauhan' – Trance and Mass Possession at a Hindu Village Temple Ceremony in Bali, Indonesia ➨

Possessed Balinese-Hindu women dance and pray during a mass-possession ceremony at an annual village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

TRANCE AND MASS POSSESSION at an annual Hindu village temple festival in Buleleng, North Bali.


Yoga, Dance, Music and Therapy at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia ➨

A Watsu water-therapy session is conducted in a swimming pool during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL of yoga, therapy, music and dance at Ubud's annual Bali Spirit Festival.


Coastal Beach Erosion and Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia ➨

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

CLIMATE CHANGE and coastal erosion washes up on the shores of Bali.