Mengkabong Bridge, Tuaran


Many people, including myself see this bridge as one of the favorite spot for landscape especially to take the sunrise with Mt Kinabalu in the frame. As early as 4:30am, we drove from KK to the bridge at Tuaran, to park the car before reaching the bridge and walked towards the middle point of it and wait for the sunrise.

This round, it’s different, I’m standing at the opposite side, trying to capture the sunset with the bridge in the frame.  The above shot was a result of merging 3 separate shots together (as the bridge is too long, even with my 17mm lens).

Later, we cross the bridge and reach the opposite side of the river.  While the sun is setting below the horizon,  here is the shot,

When it’s getting darker, the street light is switched on and I tried the reflection shot.  Here and below

Just before leaving, I took another closer shot of the bridge.

Atkinson Clock Tower


Atkinson Clock Tower at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah was built in 1902 and completed in 1905 to commemorate the first District Officer of Jesselton, Mr Francis George Atkinson, who died of malaria at the age of 28.

A two-faced clock was presented by Atkinson’s mother Mary Edith, as a memorial to her son. Gazetted as a historical building by Sabah Museum in 1983, it was one of the three buildings still left standing after the war. The original clock was replaced in 1964.

It has been standing at the hill overlooking KK town for so many years. City people living in KK who come to KK will definitely pass-by this clock tower.  It strikes while I was photographing it…It was 6:00pm…

Special Sunset


This sunset is special as this is the first time seeing the sunset with the ray shooting up from the horizon.  I believed that was due to a clear sky after much rains in the past few days.  This ray appeared at almost half hour after the sun disappear from the horizon.  The upper part of the sky displayed the deep blue color too…
The sun can be seen very clearly while setting….

Passers by are admiring the sunset ….

Testing 5D Mk3


Recently, I got my Canon 5D Mk3 and wanting to try out it’s ability to shoot at low light.  Here, during my trip to Kuala Lumpur, I took a walk to the KLCC from my hotel. The above was a shot taken at handheld.  The details look good and sharpness is maintained.

Later, took a walk at Bukit Bintang area, and photographed the following 2 shots, also at handheld. Setting was fully auto.  Just like to see the color which is very nice.

 

Danum Valley & The Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Part of the accommodation, standard unit

The Danum Valley, a primary rainforest jungle, is 78KM away from the nearest town called Lahad Datu. The valley is far removed from human habitation. Renowned for its rich variety of both plants and wildlife, Borneo’s mammals include such extremely rare and endangered species as the Sumatran Rhino, Benteng Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and Leaf Monkey. The Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey are both found only in Borneo. Bird life is equally extensive and varied with over 275 individual species having been recorded, giving Danum Valley a reputation for being one of the best places for viewing Borneo’s wildlife.

The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a basic and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. Unlike mass-market tourist destinations, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring each guest a unique and individual jungle experience. The fine facilities with basic comforts make it possible to explore the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest and offer a unique opportunity for guests to understand the primeval Borneo Rainforest in today’s conservation realities.

Lodge activities include jungle walks, bird watching with resident nature guides, canopy walkways high above the jungle floor that allow the viewing of the rainforest from the treetops and night safaris with sights and sounds emanating deep from within the rainforest.

3D/2N stay at the Lodge

After much introduction,  here is how we go there from Kota Kinabalu (state capital of Sabah, Malaysia). There were 11 of us in a group. All of us used car as means of transport to Danum Valley, except for 2 friends who flow from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu and catch a ride to the valley.  This is a better way to get to the lodge as for the rest of us,  we spent almost 10 hours on the road in order to get to the lodge.   6 and a half hours to drive from KK to Lahad Datu town. Then another 2-3 hours from Lahad Datu to the lodge.  To tell you the true, it worth the efforts.  It’s totally a different environment once you are at the lodge. It’s like a get away place to be.  You are surrounded by the nature forest, air is so different from that in the city.

We are a group of bird and wildlife photographers, being there made us so excited as we are going to see some rare spices of birds and wildlife. Our main target for this trip is to look for few species of pitta, like the Banded pitta, Giant pitta, blue headed pitta, black headed pitta and there rest….

Being in the forest, and in a valley,  there is always rain, at least once a day. So the area is wet and humid.  Good thing is the lodge provide a good accommodation and good food.  To share some of the pictures taken at the lodge.

The Reception cum Restaurant at the lodge.

Resting area at the restaurant

Interior of the standard unit

At the balcony, a relaxing place to be

Gathering area at the restaurant

Dinning area, overlooking the Danum river

Guest parking area.