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Simply put,

I love carrying around a camera, and trying to get people to look into the lens.

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Kinabatangan River, Borneo

Kinabatangan River was truly an amazing place.  Seeing animals in the wild is a completely different experience than seeing them in a zoo.  Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of zoos, or seeing animals.  One minute, and I’m ready to move on to the next thing.  This was different kind of experience.  Animals can be kind of cool!

We ended up getting connected with Osman’s homestay, which was right on the river.  There are other nature lodges one can choose from in the area, but they are much more expensive.  The deal with a homestay is that visitors experience what it’s like to hang out with a family, instead of just having a room somewhere.  I’m glad we got the chance to meet Osman and his family.  He is a passionate conservationist and educator, and knows the local environment as well as anyone.

We were happy that a herd of nearly sixty pygmy elephants was in the area.  What surprised me the most about the elephants was the noises that they would make.  One person commented, “now we know where the dinosaur noises used in Jurassic Park came from.”

Osman with a flower

At night, the herd of elephants moved through Osman’s yard.  At times, the elephants would bump and rub against the house causing it to shake.  Osman’s house is on stilts, which made it even more unstable and vulnerable.  We prayed that an elephant would would not get itself under the house and knock the entire thing over trying to get out.  Trying to sleep with wild elephants walking just a few feet from where we were sleeping proved to be impossible.  We tried starting a chainsaw, started small fires and using a spot light to try to get them to move away.  Nothing was successful.

Scott Miller - Hi, I'm taking my family to Borneo in December and trying to track down an email address or contact for Osmans home stay but can't seem to find. Ate you able to provide any details and any photography tips you may wish to pass on? ScottOctober 29, 2013 - 1:46 pm

P-Lo - Hey Scott, I'm not sure about Osman's contact details. Overall, not sure I'd recommend spending time with him. He was a bit aggressive with some of the girls we traveled with, and made a lot of sexual/gay jokes, that came off as a bit Jr. High-ish. He hard sells extra boat trips and tours. Your final bill will be higher than you expected. Also, he gets pretty aggressive with the wild elephants, chasing them, pulling their tails, etc, acting like it's all for a laugh. I was a little appalled, to be honest. I will say though, that the nature lodges along the river don't look any more impressive.November 1, 2013 - 5:41 am