Sunday, June 2, 2019

Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes

Indonesia is a land built by volcanoes. There are currently 130 active volcanoes, including many of the world's most active and most famous. The Indonesian islands are a part of the Sunda Arc, an important feature of the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. There have been over 1,100 documented volcanic eruptions across Indonesia within historic times.

From Kalimantan and our visit with the Orangutans, we traveled back to the island of Java. We stayed in the city of Malang. One of our outings was to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano that sets in the ancient Tengger caldera. Ash and steam were erupting from Bromo's crater while we were there. The large peak in the background is Mount Semeru. The ribbed volcanic cone in the foreground is Mount Batok. Semeru is another active volcano and the tallest in Java


- Bali
- the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Komodo Dragons
- Village Life
- Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest

Monday, April 29, 2019

Indonesia - Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest

From Labuan Bajo our group flew 850 miles to the northwest to Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan (Borneo). From there we journeyed up the Sekonyer River by riverboat into the Tanjung Puting National Park.

Our transport and lodging for three days were the riverboats Sekonyer and Kumai. We cruised as a pair and tied up alongside at mealtimes. These were closer quarters than on the Felicia, but comfortable none the less.

The Kumai

Orang-utan is derived from Indonesian and Malaysian names that mean 'Man of the Forest'.

Orangutans are under great environmental pressure. We made three stops in the forest at rehabilitation camps where Orangutans that have been orphaned or rescued from illegal captivity are trained and re-introduced into the wild. Most of the adults you see in this post are re-introduced. The young in these photos are all born in the wild. Feeding stations are provided and this is where we saw the Orangutans






These are but a few of the images of Orangutans and other wildlife of Borneo we saw. There are more at HillsandSkies.com

- Bali
- the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Komodo Dragons
- Village Life
- Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Indonesia - Village Life

As we returned from Komodo we stopped at a fishing village on one of the small islands in the Lesser Sundas. While it didn't appear to be very large from the water it turned out to be home to 1,600 people.

They spoke no English, so all we could do was use a few phrases that our guides had taught us, and gestures and smiles. Just like any community people were proud of their homes and proud of their children. Here are some images from this stop


Main Street


Preparing Coffee

Proud Grandpa

Negotiation


You can see more images from the village at HillsandSkies.com

- Bali
- the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Komodo Dragons
- Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest
- Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes