Sunday, May 27, 2018

Medusa

An Argostemma reared its surreal head of flowers above the dark Kalimantan peat swamp forest. This is a small ground herb from the large Rubiacea family.

Peat forests like this are seasonally burnt by locals in this part of the world to clear the land for agriculture use - usually oil palm plantations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lookalikes

On a boulder beside a jungle stream, an orchid  (Podochilus) that looks like a fern and a fern (Microsorum musifolium ?) that looks like an Pleurothallis orchid.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mass flowering phenomenon


.... during rainy season, the unusual orchid Thrixspermum (acuminatissimum ?) burst into a ephemeral display

Friday, December 1, 2017

Inside looking out

For once I was glad I was inside looking out. Especially when "in" was an air-con cabin in a 4x4 and "out" was 40 DegC solar bombardment.

For these Thai monks collecting alms, it was a long way to the next village.... monk hood is not for slouches.

The apparatus that looks like a large coney dog on a stick actually opens up as a mosquito net called "klot" - which suggest that these monks will be sleeping in the wild and which also means they are likely Thudong or forest monks.  These are wondering monks that do not stay put within a monastry and instead lead a nomadic lifestyle - meditating in the wild and blessing villages they visit along the way. 

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