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Maliau Basin, Sabah, Borneo, (revisit)

It's been 10 years since my first Photographic Expedition into Maliau Basin Conservation area in Sabah, Borneo. Maliau Basin is still so pristine and unspoilt and barely visited by 3000 people since itís first discovered in 1912. Because of it limited accessibility, I only managed to get in again recently after all these years.

In my 5 days of trekking through about 43 km of rugged terrain, with 3 afternoon trekking through the rain in the tropical heath rainforest where the humidity reaches more than 90% and temperature at 21deg to 23deg, it is no easy feat as a nature photographer's with the equipments to capture the beauty of Maliau Basin. I have ops out of the regular camera bag (Tamrac Expedition) for a regular 42 liter knapsack with raincover which I did without hesitation, this decision I made saved the camera equipments from the element. All my gears are placed inside Sea to Summit waterproof bags to protect from the element.

I carry my camera most of the time hanging over my neck while trekking (Many professional photographers' advised against doing this as you might damaged your camera if you were to fall). There are two reasons I do this; 1) Opportunity might be lost if there are animals that appears within your sight as animals in the rainforest are shy of human. 2) The humidity in the rainforest is very high and keeping your camera and lenses outside balances the temperature thus reduces the condensation problem.

In order to lighten my weight, I carry with me on this trip are my Canon 5DmkII, Canon 17-40mm f:4 L lens, Canon 70-200mm f:4 L lens, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Canon 580EXII flash and ST-E2 transmitter with Manfrotto Carbon 440 tripod. My back up camera is the Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm lens and 20mm f1.7 lens.
Camel Trophy Camp
Camel Trophy Camp
Camel Trophy Helipad
Camel Trophy Helipad
Inside the tree canopy
Inside the tree canopy
Maliau Basin rim
Maliau Basin rim
Malay Civet
Malay Civet
Malay Civet
Malay Civet
Breaded pigs
Breaded pigs
Breaded pigs
Breaded pigs
Bees
Bees
Web
Web
Kalophrynus Heterochirus frog lives inside the Nephentes
Kalophrynus Heterochirus frog lives inside the Nephentes
Kalophrynus Heterochirus
Kalophrynus Heterochirus
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes veitchii
Nephentes reinwardiiana
Nephentes reinwardiiana
Nephentes stenophylla
Nephentes stenophylla
Nephentes stenophylla
Nephentes stenophylla
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
Dendrobium cinnabarinum
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
The steep trails
Agathis tree 32meter high observation platform
Agathis tree 32meter high observation platform
Agathis tree 32meter high observation platform
Agathis tree 32meter high observation platform
Sunrise at Camel Trophy Camp
Sunrise at Camel Trophy Camp
dipterocarp forest
dipterocarp forest
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau River Tributary
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls
Maliau Falls, the 7th tier fall
Maliau Falls, the 7th tier fall
Giluk Falls
Giluk Falls
Giluk Falls
Giluk Falls