Photographer's Note

I took this photo during a visit to the Kinabalu Park, Sabah state, east Malaysia, in 1979.

The Kinabalu Park surrounds the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain on Borneo (appr. 4095 metres but steadily growing at an average of 5 mm a year). It was declared a national park in 1964 and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 for its "outstanding universal values". According to Wikipedia it is "one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species".

I didn't climb the Kinabalu but I spent two days in the park walking for hours along various muddy trails between the heavy showers. I didn't see any wild animals (okay with me) but looked carefully for cobras or pythons whenever I had to climb over, or crawl under, fallen trees.

I think this picture is actually looking out of the regular park. The road is probably the main road between Sabah state capital Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan on the east coast of Borneo. In my travel diary from 1979 I described the road as "utterly bad". Considering the development of Malaysia since then it is probably today in a perfect shape.

Two pictures guaranteed from inside the national park can be seen as workshops. They are all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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