Tea Plantation, Malino, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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©junebug on September 6, 2008

Your photos from Indonesia are really great, Ian! Did you spend your holidays there? How nice to live not so far away from such an exotic country! Must be a paradise for bird and butterfly lovers like me!:) Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on September 6, 2008

Thank you Anne. And there certainly are areas that are renowned for their butterflies and birds. The next high mountain block south of here is particularly renowned for its butterflies. Bantimurung is about an hour from Makassar and is where Alfred Wallace collected butterfly specimens in the mid 1800s. He is the guy that is credited with recognising the boundary and distinction between the fauna and flora of Asia and that of Australia/New Guinea, hence "Wallace's Line" on the map separating two great biomes.

As for holidaying, it certainly looks like it when I look back at my photos, but no, I was working very hard. I had one day here around Malino at the end of the program, and I intentionally went to Toraja on a Saturday afternoon returning to Makassar where we were working by Monday morning. All the images come from those two windows of opportunity. And how precious they were.

Warmest greetings from Sydney.


©junebug on September 7, 2008

Thank you for the interesting background information, Ian! You are lucky working in such a beautiful environment! Did you get a chance to take pictures of any butterflies? If you have some, please, upload them! Best wishes, Anne

Ian Stehbens on September 8, 2008

Sorry, Anne. I only managed a large orange moth, and that didn't work out well enough to post. I wish I had some butterflies for you though.


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Photo taken in Pattapang, Tinggimoncong, Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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