Golden Fields

The image reminds me of the Florida Everglades but, in fact, was obtained during a longtail boat ride in SE Asia. The man is fishing, poling his slender, low-slung boat along channels through the long grasses. Currently showing at The Parrott Gallery as part of the Belleville Art Association Annual Juried Show until October 26,…

The orang utans of Kalimantan

Orang utans, the People of the Forest, are found only in the rainforest islands of Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra, Malaysia.   We visited the orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, Borneo. Wild orangutans are endangered.  Approximately 50,000 orangutans inhabit the forests of Asia.  Threats to wild orangutan populations include: habitat destruction by major agribusinesses that…

The journey is the destination

DATELINE: Kalimantan province, Indonesia, Island of Borneo, August 2016. After a peaceful night in Jakarta, we flew Trigana Air to Pangkalan Buun (Mr. Buun’s Jetty), our first destination in Kalimantan. As a former airline pilot, I’d researched Trigana Air. I was a bit nervous about Trigana but they provided the only air service there from Jakarta!  At…

Camp Leakey

For years I have wanted to visit Camp Leakey, a wilderness refuge for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued Orang Utans started by Dr. Birute Galdikas in the 1970s. Camp Leakey (after the primatologist Louis Leakey and should not be confused with “leaky boat”) is one of three refuges within Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on…