I am about to wind up the postings of pictures from my journey to Sabah state, east Malaysia, in 1979, but I can't leave without saying goodbye to the delightful "persons of the forest", orangutans, I met at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.
This is one of the persons I met in the compound of the centre, where they were allowed to roam about freely. I think the area was fenced in, but hardly to stop the orangutans from getting out, but to keep other animals and unwanted humans visitors outside. These orangutans, taken from villages where they had been kept as pets or rescued as orphans who had lost their mothers because of logging or poaching, were trained to return to a normal life in the forest. In due time they would all be set free.
I thought I was also allowed to roam about freely in the compound, but reading again my diary from this journey it seems I was accompanied by a warden. These animals looked very calm and harmless, but in case one of them had got angered at my close presence I might have needed someone to tell it to behave.
You will see two more pictures of this non-pet as workshops. The pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides.
And the title? Well, the monkey's shape reminded me of a card game.
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Fis2 (106322) 2013-01-02 12:52
I like colors and light.
Very impressive picture.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-01-02 12:53
Wonderful closeup, Gert - must have been a little bit disconcerting, especially knowing how violent orangutans can become when they feel threatened. The sharpness here is perfect, crystal clear, with great DOF blurring the trees behind him while keeping the grass in front in good focus. The colors are really bright and vivid, especially for an old scan, and you caught him in a great pose - diamondlike and with good action as he chomps down on the twigs. Great shot to leave Malaysia with!
mesutilgim (97474) 2013-01-02 12:57
Hello dear Gert,
Just amazing this "oldie" !
My favorite here is the feet of this "king" fully concentrated in this treebaranch !
TFS and all the best for 2013
Best regards from sunny İstanbul
pajaran (65714) 2013-01-02 13:16
Dobar tekst o centru za zivotinje ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Good article on the Center for the animals ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop.
Good evening and all the best.
saxo042 (37966) 2013-01-02 14:35
Ytterligare en bra bild av en av våra avlägsna släktingar. Jag noterade att någon hade kommenterat den förra bilden på ett mycket fint sätt. Jag kan bara instämma. Rolig titel förresten.
PS det var tydligen inte den förra bilden, men vilken är det jag tänker på?
bayno (18344) 2013-01-02 23:44
wonderful animals so tender...three super shot...my preferite is the WS n° 2....
i wish you all the best for the 2013...
UlfE (14641) 2013-01-02 23:55
Ytterligare en rätt bra bild med tanke på att den gammal bild som du skannat. Den är väldigt välkomponerad med oranguangens ansikte placerat precis där man fäster blicken. Det vertikala formatet är också mycket bra. Mer av de gröna gräset och träden hade inte precis gjort bilden bättre. Tack för titten och god fortsättning!
Nicou (151000) 2013-01-03 2:38
très belle compo et image de ce singe il est magnifique quelle couleur sur son poil comme il teint sa branche assis sur l'herbe verte superbe compo.
bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (64537) 2013-01-03 4:25
Funny wildlife capture. I like the image, well seen scene.
abmdsudi (57672) 2013-01-03 8:57
Great shot of an intelligent animal and the opportunity to observe this fella in captivity that looks like natural environment and good conservation work there. The light on his coat has made it look really beautiful against green, a happy expression that shows how peaceful this intelligent ape is. I could have stayed all day and watch this wonderful chappie. Its a great mini serie on this subject surely you have such fond memories of this place, and tx for sharing. Well done.
marabu61 (11279) 2013-01-03 10:21
a charming portrait of this man of the forest as the traduction of Orang Utang stands, at least as far as I know.
It is such a pity that the natural habitat of these magnificent creatures becomes even smaller by the day, we should just take more care for them.
God nyt åar, may it bring joy, happiness and many interesting photo opportunities to you.
Vasa (515) 2013-01-03 15:16
I followed your note Gert, heaving a big interest for the life of that lovely animal. It was your privilege to go there and I am thankful for your choice today. Long live to your documentation!
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2013-01-04 0:14
hi dear gert,
soo lovely :) fantastic capture from malaysia. blurred bg with the green dominating the scene takes all the attention to 'the king' masterfully. also my congratulations for the captured moment.
this shot absolutely can be a card back!
have a great weekend,
jhm (159949) 2013-01-04 4:52
I am a great fan and visitor, toward the different zoos in Belgium.
This is always a nice stop by the monkies, already a very nice subject, you took these monkey on a very well moment.
Nevertheless as scanned image.
Composition makes the picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (51079) 2013-01-04 7:59
a marvellous portrait of a most interesting and likeable person with intense and captivating glance and what seems like two pairs of hands. Its shape, hair and colour stands out superbly in the green ambiance and his eyes and posture are very eye catching and intriguing. Lighting, depth and sharpness are superb and the vertical frame is befitting to the person's posture. The dim light and his glance create a quiet and a little melancholic mood. The workshop pictures are wonderful too, I especially like the one with the pensive pose. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Tigerlily (3379) 2013-01-04 11:56
This is the top class image by all means.. the detail and the shining eyes are excellent. I like the colour. Only one thing, Gert. If you want to print this image, get rid of the white spot and the corner at the background before you put the paper in the printer:-).
bukitgolfb301 (45129) 2013-01-04 13:45
Nice portrait for "Forest Man". Ya this posting makes me remaind my JAKARTA working time for 7 yeras, when I often saw them in the forest. Her(I am sure this is female) expression is so meaningful. I hope she is still fine and backed to the wild life. Thank you for your sharing and have a good Sat.
Takero from Tokyo
boa (7663) 2013-01-05 4:28
snacka om närkontakt! Det måste ha varit en häftig upplevelse att komma så nära våra "kusiner" som du gjorde här. Han ser avslappnad och lugn ut men kan förmodligen byta humör ganska så fort!? Skarpt och fint foto med bra färger från din gamla Kodachrome bild. Det får mig att ångra att jag inte tog mer foton förr i tiden..
rychem (42584) 2013-01-05 8:31
What an expressive creature! Beautiful, cheerful scene.
kasianowak (10419) 2013-01-05 9:02
You have captured so well the behaviour of this amazing creature. It must have been a wonderful feeling to be so close to those animals!
Great title too. :)
Best wishes and I wish you a Happy New Year!
chrisvek (7001) 2013-01-05 11:53
Very good portrait of this funny and cute animal.Great colors and contrasts.Also very good lightning usage and POV.Well done.TFS
Have a nice weekend
Disabled_A (0) 2013-01-05 13:33
it's a bit unusual to see such a photo in your gallery :) But it's funny and interesting, as always (as well as your story accompanying the photo). I am impressed by the quality of the scanned picture!
Excellent shot, I love to see photos of animals!
PS. I do hope that despite this crazy weather (especially today's) your cold is going or has gone away already!
adores (46363) 2013-01-05 15:30
Malaysia wouldn't be complete without them:)!
I like this portrait a lot, as well as the others in WS! The poses, the colours, the focus are very good. Surely another good old series! Good to know that these centres existed already in the 70's!
Have a great New Year!
emka (106694) 2013-01-05 20:33
Hi Gert, you really treat them as persons. Fantastic scenes, all three, with superb quality after more than 30 years. The photos are so sharpness, we can almost country the hair on the head. Must have been fantastic to observe them in nature. I saw many different monkeys wild, but unfortunately not yet the great apes.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-01-07 13:49
I know about the title after reading it, quite funny and original
Amazing how good and old is it
Good WS, best # 2
Great close capture that lets view in detail the monkey concentrated actitude
Wish you a great 2013, from Argentina
metalz (444) 2013-01-12 1:16
Nice captured of this orang utan and I enjoyed your photo of old Sabah.
maloutim (9651) 2013-02-08 13:01
What a lovely photo and a comforting note.
It makes a change from THIS POST
A beautiful , happy friend.
Thanks for sharing.
Miguel82 (27752) 2013-02-14 3:44
A very good close up
That primate is a very endengered species
Due to habitat destruction in Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia. Interesting note, hope that efforts will be make to preserve the orang utans.
Sharp shot, fine colors
Happy valentine's day to all primatologists
Urs (14082) 2013-08-16 2:40
Good memories, when I see this Orang Utan. Also we visited Sepilok but some 10 year later. At that time they had a station A for the babies and station B for the grown up which were supposed to be set free in the wild later on. Good scan indeed, I wish I would know how to do this, there are so many slides which I should digitalize to save them from fungus.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-11-14 7:55
Very nice capture of this monkey, it's been know that in the animal kingdom the monkeys are the only ones that uses tools, such as stick, to gather food. Good lighting and nice details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
I have a few pictures of that duck family swimming and I have posted a couple of them already.
ikeharel (78249) 2017-02-02 8:37
Good evening Gert,
WOW, I'd love to take such a photo and not in a zoo !!
An impressive big ape, we have quit a good number of those in our local Safari zoo(6km from home).
Well detected its (almost) human behavior.
*** You were definitely right, the Cell-Phone cameras surprised me a lot - but I only used in Scotland when I could not get a decent focal on places with my 28-135 lens. Thanks.