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Monday, May 10, 2010

Up Close with a Rafflesia!

Well, two, actually...

The whole trip was really quite impromptu. I had contacted an agent a couple of days ago and they called me the following day to inform me about an upcoming trip. I immediately packed and drove down to Gopeng and spent a night there.

It was gloomy as we started trekking up the forest hill. By the time we saw the Rafflesia, it was practically pouring! My lens got foggy and there was no suitable place to set up a tripod.

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But wait, there's another Rafflesia.

Fortunately the rain subsided and I was able to set up my tripod and start shooting away!

Up close with a Rafflesia (Rafflesia cantleyi?)

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A group photo

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An orang asli lady (aborigine) helping a boy to cross the river
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We came across a couple of salt licks where mainly Rajah Brooke's birdwing butterflies congregated. Quite a magnificent sight!
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Up close with a Rajah Brooke
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All images here were shot with a Canon 40D, and Tamron 17-50mm. Tripod used for certain shots.

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