Proboscis Monkey Portrait
The Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) is one of earth’s strangest creatures. The most dominant males have the largest nose, which I’m glad is not true of the human species (though I would be quite the alpha in that case). I was able to get close to this male as he ate his breakfast of leaves in the morning light.
I photographed this Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang National Park in Malaysia. The way he was sitting peacefully, staring both at and through the camera, with his big eyes and calm smile, reminded me of a monk. That’s why I named this piece Nirvana.
White-Tailed Deer In Snow
I was lucky enough to get this shot in my backyard, right after a big snowstorm. There was a soft area of grass and pine still left under the tree, protected from the sow, and this White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) had bedded down in it. I stuck my camera out my window and captured this.
Bornean Orangutan Infant Clinging to Mother
I was hurrying down the metal walkway above the Bornean rainforest canopy, hoping to at least see a hornbill or other common species in order to get a photo while the light was good. Halfway to my destination I heard a grunt as I was going up a spiral staircase, and then saw a tree shake. I looked closer and saw this baby Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and its mother in a bean tree, eating their dinner before the sun set. I spent nearly an hour with them before they picked the tree clean and took off.
Proboscis Monkey At Dawn
A female Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) enjoys the morning sunshine in a tree in Bako National Park. Although she is sitting on a skinny branch, she is quite confident that she only needs one hand to keep her balance.
Green Crested Lizard Portrait
I was walking down a river in Sumatra hoping to see monkeys or otters when this little Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) scampered away from me into the brush. It was so cool looking that I stopped and got out my monopod and sat with it for over an hour trying to get the best photo I could. This is that photo.
Baby Long-Tailed Macaque
Unlike most of my other photos, this shot was not difficult to get. As you can see from the stone path the monkey is sitting on, I didn’t wait in a blind for hours, stalk through a dense jungle, or even face the cold in order to take this photo. I simply walked down the street to the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest and saw this little Long-Tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) sitting on the ground in the middle of a group of people. By getting on the ground and zooming in tight I was able to capture this moment.
Silvery Lutung Eating
I wanted to see a troop of Silver Leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecus cristatus) for a long time before I finally did. I had trekked all around Sumatra and Borneo for months and only ever seen one. When I went to Bako National Park I thought, this is the time. And for days it was not. I walked up and down mountains, across sandy beaches, and waded through thigh-deep rivers without seeing one. Then, on the last day, when I had completely given up hope, we spotted a troop not 50 feet from our camp. I was so happy. I ended up spending hours with them. This is a young, hungry monkey from that troop.
Young Bornean Bearded Pig On A Beach
Although it looks big, this Bornean Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus) is actually just a baby. It was running across the beach, following its nose with its siblings by its side and the mother a long way back. I was lying on a dock just above the crocodile-infested waters when it came so close that I was able to get this photo.
Asian Water Monitor In A Swamp
Asian Water Monitors (Varanus salvator) are common in Asia. If you go to Malacca you will see dozens in the canal in town. For that reason it was never a priority for me to get a photo of one. But one morning, walking into the Rainforest Discovery Center in Borneo, this guy slid into the water right as the golden morning sun was beginning to cast long shadows across the ground. He poked his head up to see if I was a threat and I noticed a small red ball on his nose. It’s not uncommon for monitor lizards to have growths like this, but I had never seen one so distinct.
Infant Thomas's Langur Swinging On A Vine
I sat on the wet jungle floor for nearly an hour near this troop of Thomas’s Langurs (Presbytis thomasi), swatting hundreds of mosquitoes and wiping ungodly quantities of sweat from my brow. It all paid off when this little infant and his friends started taking turns swinging on hanging vines while their parents slept through the hottest part of the day.