Photographer's Note

Sabah is experiencing one of the longest dry spell and has been for the last three months since December 2009. The mountain is getting dry with most of its pools drying up and the rivers running shallow. Just the kind of weather which find oneself spending more times indoor, in the shades or in rivers, streams and pools.

While trekking and documenting a rural section of Tambunan for Sabah Adventure Challenge, we find ourselves by a riverside village where its young villagers make the river, their playground of sort for most parts of the day.

Tambunan lies 2 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu in the interior and a rice planting community. Its low lying bucolic countryside nestled between the Crocker Range and Trus Madi ranges and blessed with streams and white rivers flowing within its valleys and plain.

In the photo, Kelly, a Dusun girl of 9, with the glint of the late afternoon sun on her wet and water streaming look. Dusun is one of the 30 over ethnic tribes belonging to the Kadazandusun ethnic group of Sabah. Generally in the rural areas, they are padi planters, cash crop farmers and small game hunters.

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