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Timor Leste Cowboys from the Maubissi Highlands

14 – 16 August 2010

S8 83.872 E125 60.340 – Maubisse

Highland Maubisse was some six hours drive from Dili. It sounds like a long trip uphill but we stopped a lot along the way. One scene that definitely made us pause was the painful sight of a forest gone and the erosion that took its place.

Once […]

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Making Salt – A Day in The East Timorese Life

8 – 19 August 201

Dili & Maubisse

When we were told days before that we were going to a place where salt was made, we imagined large, massive salt fields by the sea. There will be a lot of white ponds with salt crystals which could be quite photogenic – or so we thought. Then our driver signalled […]

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Coastal Life in East Timor

8 – 19 August 201

Dili

We hardly knew anything about Timor-Leste as we plunged in head first to photograph it. Upon arriving at the airport, we immediately noticed UN presence. There were a lot of men in uniform and loads of vehicles with the UN logo. And yet we were told, their presence had shrunk considerably […]

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People of Timor-Leste

8 – 19 August 201

Dili

Sometime April this year, we attended ADEX in Singapore. Yogi & I were invited by John Thet, publisher of Asian Geographic Magazine as well as Asian Diver and ScubaDiver Australasia, to give a series of public slideshows on The Coral Triangle.  In one of the days when we were gallivanting around the halls, […]

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Photography in the Coral Triangle – by Jürgen Freund

April 2009 – September 2010

In 1995, when I was a fresh full-time wildlife photographer – after quitting my Industrial Photography day job of many years,  I went for 12 months on my very own photographic expedition through the Coral Triangle. I first visited Christmas Island, Australia for half a year to document the red land […]

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Faces of Solomon Islanders

15 – 17 July 2010

Chea Village, Marovo Island

Still in Chea Village, Marovo Lagoon, we concentrated in photographing people. The weather had not eased up on us and with the rains and occasional bursts of sunshine, we did mostly indoors stuff. And the Solomon Islander children were absolutely beautiful. Their mocha brown skins were shinny and […]

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Talented carvers of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

15 – 17 July 2010

Chea Village, Marovo Island

After strong winds and rain throughout our stay in Tetepare, we were dreading the island crossing from Tetepare to Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia. We were bracing ourselves for big waves and made sure all our belongings were packed water tight and safely under the tarp. I woke up […]

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Tetepare Turtles, Coconut Crabs and Seaweed Research in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

The Tetepare Descendants’ Association take their conservation work very seriously. They protect and manage the entire island most especially their 13km-long Marine Protected Area. Since 2004, they have had a dedicated roster of rangers and different marine monitoring teams from scientists to volunteers doing research in Tetepare’s different unique ecosystems from […]

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Tetepare Island Rangers and WWF Coral Reef Research, Western Province, Solomon Islands

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific where a tiny portion of its massive land is a dedicated research field station and a cooperative ecolodge run by the Tetepare Descendants’ Association or TDA.  Many stories circulate why Tetepare Island (Tetepare meaning wild boar) has remained uninhabited for more than 150 years. One story […]

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Pristine Rainforest in Kolombangara, Western Province, Solomon Islands

7 – 9 July 2010

Imbu Rano Lodge

The only chance we had during this entire expedition to visit a forest was here in the Pacific. A forest, you might ask? What has that got to do with the Coral Triangle? With marine life?  Nature, from the highest forest to the deepest sea has deep links to […]