Sabah's last natural stronghold
03.02.2012 - 06.04.2012
Straight after the mixed emotions we had in the Kinabatangan river, with its fascinating wildlife trapped in such a thin stretch of forest, we entered an entirely different scenario.
Danum Valley is an enormous area of untouched jungle with trees that reach over eighty meters in height and the strangest-looking creatures lurking around every corner. The feeling of being in such a pristine natural environment is something we cannot wish enough of for you.
We think especially of our younger cousins who, although are exposed more than we were to some degree of environmental education, are growing up in a world ever more detached from nature.
In Danum Valley we sensed the connection with eternity, that feeling of peace and humility you get when you take the time to sit by the sea and contemplate its vastness in silence, just breathing in the breeze, the salt and the sound of the waves against the sand. Here we had it by the cool river under centennial trees, and the difference was we knew the feeling was shared with millions of unseen individual forest inhabitants. They were there under rocks, on tall branches, behind our beds. A perfect temporary product of a never-ending evolutionary sequence, resulting in colors, shapes and habits we're only beginning to discover and will always have more to learn from and admire.
Here are some of the pictures =).