These photos were taken about 28 years apart. The one on the left is from Tanjung Isui, Lake Jempang, on the lower Mahakan River, Kalimantan Timur. The other was taken last year in Sungai Tohor, Pulau Tebingtinggi, Riau Province, Sumatra. The image on the left was taken at the time I was inspired to write "Balikpapan looking backward and forwards" and 'The river guide'. Both are in my book, 'Seen and unseen: a century of stories from Asia and the Pacific'. The photo on the right was taken at a time when I was inspired to write "Memories of fires past', a story that will appear in my next book, 'Tales beyond borders'.
If you would like to hear the audio version of 'Memories of fires past' it's here https://russelldarnley.blog/between-continents-stories-from-asia-and-australia/memories-of-fires-past/ #Kalimantan #Sumatra #rainforest #deforestation #extinction #Indigenous #fire #wildfire #environment #ecosystem