On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Have a great weekend y’all, and enjoy the pictures!


Today, pictures from valued commenter VickiD.

Sabah State, Malaysia (on Borneo). March 2018. Into the jungle.

Sabah State, Malaysia (on Borneo). March 2018. An Orangutan in the wild.


Sabah State, Malaysia (on Borneo). March 2018.  Things grow big in Borneo

Thank you so much VickiD, do send us more when you can.


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19 replies
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    J R in WV says:

    I always know when I wake up in the middle of the night there will be something new on Balloon-Juice!

    This morning it was just after 5 am, I was really dry, so I got a drink of water and sat down.

    Thanks VickiD for the photos, I’ve never thought of going to Borneo, but how interesting !!! Looks HOT and DAMP there for sure.

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    satby says:

    I’m intrigued by the hard hat? What was that for? Love orangutans!

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Very cool! Things do grow big in Borneo.

    Good morning, everybody. I’ve missed y’all. I hope/plan to read and interact again soon.

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    Quinerly says:


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    rikyrah says:

    Love the pictures 😄

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    rikyrah says:

    Morning to Poco and the tribe 😄😺

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    debbie says:

    That is some leaf!

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    Lapassionara says:

    @satby: Ditto.

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    Tarragon says:

    Question for photo loving Juicers…

    My 5 year-old, Rosemary, loves borrowing phones to take pictures. She has a surprisingly good sense of composition and takes better photos than I do. I love that she does this.

    So far she’s only ever used a cell phone camera, but we’re SooooOOOoooo not ready to get her a phone of her own. I don’t know that she would enjoy a point and shoot in the same way, plus she’s 5; It’ll get dropped, wet, and probably dropped while wet. The kid targeted cameras I’ve seen are all pretty crappy with a tiny screen and I’m pretty sure the big screen is part of the joy for her.

    Any one have thoughts about a way to go here?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Tarragon: Give her an older smartphone with a camera but no service otherwise? Maybe you could pull the photos down to a laptop via USB?

    I have heard of people using their old iPhones for photos …

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Happy Friday; glad to see you. Personally busy or just taking a break from current events? Anyhow, welcome back.

    @ Vicki: great photos. What a trip!

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    Wag says:


    My son, Now age 12, loves photography. He now has a digital SLR, but he started off just like your daughter. Our first solution was to get him an iTouch which had a fairly decent camera on it.

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    Wag says:

    Excellent photos of Borneo!. Another place to add to the bucket list

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Tarragon: When WarriorGirl was 6, we got her the Nikon Coolpix S30; the current iterations are the W100 and W300. It’s Waterproof, Shockproof, and we attached a wrist-float to it so when she dropped it in the Gulf we could easily retrieve it.

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    Dev Null says:

    Somewhat off-topic, but has anyone noted this?

    “President Trump’s allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source,” the Washington Post reports.

    “The extraordinary push begun by a cadre of Trump boosters on Capitol Hill now has champions across the GOP and throughout conservative media — and, as of Thursday, the first anniversary of Robert S. Mueller III’s appointment as special counsel, bears the imprimatur of the president.”

    “The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is revealed… The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on, and trying to lessen any danger to associates if the informant’s identity becomes known.”

    From the WashPost via PoliticalWire (source)

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    stinger says:

    Juicers are so great.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Dev Null: Your first paragraph, I read about that earlier this week. Paragraphs 2 and 3 are even more frightening than the horrors we are seeing every day. It’s like there is a coup going on in our government.

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    Tarragon says:

    Thanks all, I’ll think about this a bit. I don’t think we’re ready to give her a fully enabled phone or iPod touch but it looks like I can lock it down really if I sign up for some MDM (Mobile Device management) software so it’s still in the running. I’ll definitely look as the cool pix cams too.

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