Most of my jungle time, I’ve spent with orangutan Jinak and her baby boy Joya. Joya is a real photo model when he is looking between the branches and twigs, with the sad-happy-gorgeous face he is making all the time. It’s kind of pleasant for photography.
Mother Jinak doesn’t exactly have the most female traits. Take a look at that long facial beard! And her body heavily robust. She is like this person in your class or at work who is nice, but you don’t really know anything about. And for photography Jinak is terrible. She enjoys sitting 30 meters up in the impenetrable canopy, preferably with her back turned on you, silently feeding on some beans. I’ve had more rewarding friendships! (please no misinterpreting – there is no direct interaction)
Since it is low fruit season in the jungle, the follow days can be far from eventful days! Although following the orangutans of course is an amazing experience, after 12 hours in the forest during a hot afternoon, tiredness is soothingly creeping up on you. And while Joya is the most adorable little fellow you’ve ever seenI’m not directly jumping out of excitement to see the next been-skid fall to the ground…
However, I am on Borneo – and the forest always delivers one way or another! On one of those Jinak-days we found a beautiful bronze-backed tree snake (Dendrelaphis formosus) which we could thankfully focus on instead for a little while. I couldn’t find anything about how venomous, so I guess not!
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