The words these days, the weather is unpredictable. Pretty soon, weather would be something people in Sabah would talk about, which is uncommon in this part of the world. The only time people here talk about weather is when it is that consistently bad. Or predictably unpredictable.
For the longest time, Sabah had been sunny and dry between February and June. Pick any day of these months and you have the sun walking with you all day long. But since last year, the rain and its wet relatives has been , not just our travel but our sleeping companion as well. And if you find the sun the next day, it would probably last just until the late afternoon.
This photo was taken inside a tin roofed shelter on one such brooding afternoon in a village called Kampong Tambatuon. This village is one of the 5 riverine rural villages along the Kadamaian Valley, at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.
Kampong Tambatuon has a camping ground by the Kadamaian River and it takes about a day trek to reach Kampong Kiau, which is the last village nearest to the foot of the mountain, passing through Kampong Kaung and Kampong Lobong Lobong. The word Kampong by the way, means Village.
In the late 1800s, explorers or outdoorsmen wanting to climb Mount Kinabalu, trekked along the Kadamaian River Valley from Kota Belud to reach the Kadamaian Fall, from which they would scale by its right side to a small plateau called Kimborongoh.
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trekks (14348) 2008-03-16 19:51
At the time you shot this view, I was on the plane out of KK airport.
And yes, the weather had been an influencial element of our trip. Originally planned for March 15-23 which would afford a great climb up Mt K on sunny sky, but it happened on March 7 and a bad day for climbing the summit.
Nonetheless, a good way to see Sabah. Along the drive from Ranau towards Kundasang, rivers would be seen. Kadamaian River, a name to remember.
Sabah is a land of mountains and rivers, much different yet somehow quite similar to Sarawak. I hope to be back again.
Your rivers are so much cleaner.
Ramdan (117) 2008-03-16 21:08
A beautiful panoramic view telling the vivid greeneries alongside the cool and clear stream. And sitting there to appreciate the 'wild' beauty of Sabah's 5 star nature would be a wonderful experience. Loved to see the layers of hills, drawing my eye to the... opps... guessed it was about to rain... dark and heavy cloud.
Great note as always and thank you very much for sharing. Wassalam,
jusninasirun (17160) 2008-04-01 17:52
Assalamualaikum Rabani. So here it goes: our talk about the weather. People in Lagkawi have been saying about erratic weather after the tsunami. What I rarely consider is that maybe our weather talk, the smallest talk there is, does us some good. At least it does me some good. When my mother tells me it's hot, I can picture home. Better still, I can feel home, feel Kedah's dry, still heat, and recall January nights when we would have coffee at our backyard patio and stay up talking until 10. Swarms of kelekatu--we hated the kelekatu--would flap around the pelita that flickered on the table until we'd grow so annoyed we'd blow them out and sit in the dark. The only light then came from my neighbour's cigarette, which flashed red every few seconds. When we'd finally go inside to bed, it would be too hot to sleep. So I'd stay up listening to the symphony of crickets and the occasional call of the owl. Spooky! Dreamy shot in excellent perspective here placing that foliage covering the river's turn generating depth in the composition. Enjoyed reading the note too. Wasallam. Jusni
zmey (7335) 2008-04-23 4:08
wow... i love this sight... it breathes with freshness and rainy mood. i love the framing: it feels almost as if you have opened a window for us to this scenery. would love to see this in larger format.
with warm regards,
- Copyright: Rabani HMA (rabani) (9645)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 17-85mm F\4-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 19:29