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In the last twenty-one years or so, Morro de São Paul (St. Paul's Hill) has gone from isolated, way-off-the-beaten-track third-world village to sun-and-beach international get-down party-hearty town. It is less of the kind of place to meet the locals and take in local culture than it is to soak in natural splendor and party all night long with people from all over the world.

 

These beach parties really heat up during the Brazilian summer (January until after Carnival) and happen every night. During the rest of the year they take place on Saturday nights, though not with the same intensity. Morro's drinks de rigueur are roskas, tropical fruits (your choice!) crushed in with sugar and vodka -- powerful and seditious.

 

The "main street" of the village is a sandy path lined on both sides with restaurants and bars, and the beaches are generally referred to with an un-Brazilian pragmatism as "first", "second", "third", or "fourth". The first beach (small) is lined with pousadas; the second beach (wide) is the party beach; the third beach (somewhat smaller again) is lined with more pousadas; and the fourth beach is extensive, beautiful, Caribbean-like tropical paradise.

 

An afternoon storm approaches the city of Bukit Tinggi as it engulfs the view of Mount Marapi in the distance. The sun makes a last ditch effort to break through the center of the storm directly in front of a magnificent mosque overlooking the valley. A quick afternoon bike ride in the crisp Mount Singgalang air has some nice views and the reward of a drama filled sky.

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Showing off the many beautiful parts of Sumatra and the indian ocean...

Some interesting tree roots I did some ND filter work on in the midday sun.

Some interesting tree roots I did some ND filter work on in the midday sun.

Took my wife out to see the amazing natural sights of Sumatra. These waterfalls are only 100 meters from the road.

The season is here for surf and fishing adventures and while transport to and from Enggano Island has been a bit thin things are on the up. The ferry is back to the regular service and now Susi has committed to flying 5 times per week making the opportunity to fit in with your schedule all the more easier. Now there should be less worry about connecting with returning international flights coming back from Enggano Island.

  

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The traditional ox races of West Sumatra.

I recently took up a little photo assignment for a local publication but it was a location that was already on my hit list and had been for a long time so I was happy to give up a planned trip in another location of Sumatra to tackle this magnificent location in North Bengkulu.

A waterfall named Curug 9 just north of the city of Arga Makmur in north Bengkulu. This location is a 3.5 hour hike from the nearest village and it is finished off in the last hour by a very extreme descent, which is not for the faint hearted and those lacking fitness. Time for me to work on that a bit.

I decided in order to get the shot it required me to stay overnight on location to get the morning shot and the afternoon shot just in case of issues with weather and lighting. My guides and I located a small cottage (pondok) about an hour hike from the main waterfall and this little pondok was owned by husband and wife coffee farmers who had just recently cut down a small portion of forest to plant more trees. It just so happens this location has the most amazing view of the Curug 9 waterfall and even though it is 1km you can still feel and hear the spectacular power from the waterfall.

The spectacular view of curug 9 from afar.

We setup camp in the afternoon and took the opportunity to see a smaller waterfall called Air Itik and planned to capture the main Curug 9 waterfall in the morning. The traverse to Air Itik is actually more dangerous than the main falls of Curug 9. It is nearly vertical and there are no ropes but just tree branches and rocks to hold onto.

Another waterfall of Curug 9 called Air Itik

The second day morning broke and we finished breakfast and spent a good hour descending into the main Curug 9 waterfalls. With the occasional rudimentary steps and stairs made from the surrounding trees the descent is slow and methodical and once at the river level it is another 20 minutes to reach the destination.

It was a truly magical couple of days camping out in the jungles of Sumatra and sleeping in my hammock in full view of the powerful Curug 9. This is not a hike for those that have issues with fitness, getting in and out of these waterfall locations requires a good level of strength and health. But boy is it worth the effort for the reward.

 

 

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Something I have been wanting to photograph for a long time. I am eager to go back after the religious holidays. The Ox Races are a long standing tradition in West Sumatra and a great spectacle to photograph.

The rice fields of Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra.

The rice fields of West Sumatra.

Coffee in the process of being dried. This batch still has 2-3 days left of drying before taking it back to the village.

Showing off the many beautiful parts of Sumatra and the indian ocean...

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The biggest flower in the world

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Raflessia - the largest plant in the world!

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Sometimes I like to let peoples imaginations complete the picture.

Before I took this picture I took a swim under the falls and felt totally refreshed. I hope you can imagine yourself taking a dip in this natural wonder…

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I know what you think this is, but it isn't. It's dead Raflessia

I've been chasing waterfalls in remote villages around Central Bengkulu. It's fun getting out into the beautiful locations and experiencing the culture in the small villages. Then to discover the amazing waterfalls that dot the landscape. Wow an amazing place.

I've been chasing waterfalls in remote villages around Central Bengkulu. It's fun getting out into the beautiful locations and experiencing the culture in the small villages. Then to discover the amazing waterfalls that dot the landscape. Wow an amazing place.

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Chaos as the locals work to extract the grains from the rice harvest...

If you love to get out into the regional parts of Sumatra and explore the nature and see the culture then there is so much to see, explore and discover in the small beautiful villages throughout Sumatra.

This waterfall resides in a village called Panembang in central Bengkulu about 1.5 hours from the city centre of Bengkulu. Central Bengkulu has many waterfalls waiting to be discovered and this particular one is one of the biggest and most spectacular. Visiting this location on any normal day and you will find peace and tranquility in this beautiful part of nature.

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Cameron Highlands

Malaysia 2011

Our guide Francis

Cameron Highlands

Malaysia 2011

Our guide Francis

Cameron Highlands

Malaysia 2011

Our guide Francis

Cameron Highlands

Malaysia 2011

Our guide Francis

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