Guillaume Montarnal@guiyomont

French guy, amateur photographer, living in Paris and glad to share mostly pictures of landscapes and wildlife from places around the world.
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Candi Borobudur - Java, Indonesia

By their own nature, world's biggest tourist attractions are busy places, crowded with sightseers seeking that perfect memory or epic photo. After all, it is to visit landmarks decorating the covers of guidebooks that many of us travel.
Rarely are these places of silence or contemplation, and finding a peaceful spot to appreciate a view or the moment is often simply impossible.
Unless, of course, you choose to visit at sunrise. That moment between night and day, when the birds are yet to wake and even the markets are still to open, brings with it a palpable stillness, and calms even the loudest mind - or the largest group of tourists.
This is no more true than atop Borobudur; the world's largest and (considered by many) greatest Buddhist temple, and Indonesia's most popular attraction !
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Candi Borobudur
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Komodo Dragon - Rinca Island, Indonesia
Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world and can be found on the indonesian island of Komodo, but also on the neighbouring islands of Rinca and Flores.
Males measure up to 3 m in length !
They are formidable predators and their insatiable appetite has added to their ferocious reputation. The bacteria that is contained in their saliva is so lethal that even a bite can be dangerous. If the victim manages to escape an attack, it is likely to die from the infection within a week.
With a ranger in front of us we set off on one of the tracks to explore the habitat of the Dragon. Our only line of defence? A long stick which is used to keep the creatures at bay in the case of an attack. And this is no joke ! One day, a tourist failed to stay with the group, apparently he fell behind to tie his shoelaces. When the rangers started a search, they never found the poor guy’s body, only his shoes and his camera... So it’s wise to stay in the group and respect the aggressive nature of these wild animals !
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Komodo National Park
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Balinese Dance - Bali, Indonesia
Balinese dance is a very ancient dance tradition that is part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people of Bali island. It is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive. Balinese dancers express the stories of dance-drama through the bodily gestures including gestures of fingers, hands, head and eyes.
Definitely worth it !
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Ubud,Bali
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Trying to describe what Dead Vlei looks like in words is no easy task. As this picture suggests, this is a surreal place, a bizarrely beautiful landscape that makes you feel like you’re strolling on Mars rather than planet Earth !
The camel thorn trees have been dead a long time. They are actually believed to be around 900 years old, scorched nearly black from the intense Namibian sun.
It may look like a dried-up ghost town, but this place is actually alive and well…you just gotta look closely and you’ll see traces of the little critters that call this land home.
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Deadvlei
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Sossuvlei - Namibia
Being completely alone on the top of "Big Mama" dune is something very special. We arrived very early in the morning at the park entrance for its opening and got directly to "Big Mama" while all people were stopping at "Dune 45" or "Big Daddy". We climbed the dune and enjoyed this magnificent view, all alone, lost in the desert...
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Sossusvlei Desert, Namíbia
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Storked-billed Kingfisher - Borneo, Indonesia
Besides the incredible encounters with orangutans, Tanjung Puting National Park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife from very unique monkeys to multiple species of birds.
If you wake up very early (5-5.30 am) before it gets too hot, you will have the chance to observe dozens of kingfishers among other animals, along the river.
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Tanjung Puting National Park
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Tanjung Puting National Park is located on the island of Borneo, in the indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, and is one of the only two places on earth (with Sumatra) where it is still possible to observe wild and semi-wild orangutans in their natural environment.
We booked a 3 days tour on a klotok to experience the wildlife by boat and we highly recommend taking the time to experience this wonderful adventure. It's a little out of the way (locals in Bali were surprised we'd gone there) but really just a short flight from Jakarta and worth every minute!
The scenery was like nothing else we saw during our three weeks in Indonesia, and being a mere 10-20 feet from free-ranging orangutans was a singularly breathtaking experience. The crew were amazing and our guide, Yusuf, nothing less than the best guide ever (don't hesitate to contact him if you're interested, I'll tag him in this post), was extremely knowledgeable about the park, its history, the orangutans themselves and sadly the damages of palm oil industry.
Such a great few days !
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Tanjung Puting National Park
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Mount Bromo - Java, Indonesia
In this country with most volcanos in the world, none is as popular and scenic as the stunning Mt Bromo. For good reason hundreds of visitors, mostly Indonesian, come here every day to witness the beauty of it. The main attraction is watching Mt Bromo during sunrise from one of the viewpoints and going up crater’s edge. Mt Bromo is an active volcano and often you can hear it rumble. Smoke comes out of it almost non stop and sometimes you might not even be able to visit the volcano due to increased activity and thus danger.
Next to the crater of Mt Bromo is Mt Batok, a dormant volcano. Right behind it are a few more dormant volcanoes. At 2239m, Mt Bromo is not the highest peak. Semeru volcano which can be seen in the background is the highest volcano in Java, at 3676m, another highly active volcano that puffs out smoke very often.

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View Point Gunung Bromo
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Prambanan Temple - Java, Indonesia
The Prambanan temple compound site, located in Java, is an architectural wonder and an amazing historical sight !
It is the largest and most complete remains of Java`s period of Hindu culture, built in the middle of the 9th century AD. It has been completely in ruins for hundreds of years until 1937 when the reconstruction started. Unfortunately it was again seriously damaged in a recent earthquake that hit Indonesia in 2006.
As we walked around the outer compound, we saw many piles of rocks surrounding the reconstructed edifices that actually are the remains of 224 (!) minor temples. Can you imagine how long it will take to restore the whole site ??!
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Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta
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Manta Point - Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Swimming with manta rays has got to be one of the most amazing experiences the natural world has to offer ! In the Flores Sea, these majestic creatures glide through the channel connecting the Indian and the South West Pacific oceans, each hosting distinct underwater climates that come together to create an ideal environment for manta rays.
Of course, they are wild so there is no guarantee to see them but if you do, no photograph will prepare you for that first sighting of them in the water beneath you... The mantas don't mind swimmers and we were lucky enough to spend at least 2 hours with them turning and gliding in the waters around us, huge mouths open feeding on plankton !
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Karang Makassar - Manta Point
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“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God” – Jodi Picoult. Thanks to Africa’s geographically diverse realms, each day goes out with a bang. Sipping a sundowner at the end of a fun-filled African Safari is an absolute must, a time of reflection and daydreaming as the horizon catches fire and the land gets painted in red and orange hues.
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Pompom Camp - Botswana
Surely our best experience of game watching during our travel. That camp is extraordinary as you can manage to observe a huge variety of wildlife, along with talented guides. Observing two adorable lion cubs making a cameo appearance was certainly a highlight of the few days we stayed there !
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Spitzkoppe - Namibia
Nicknamed the "Matterhorn of Africa," Spitzkoppe rises out of the surrounding desert as a huge island of granite.
The formations created by thousands of years of erosion make Spitzkoppe enchanting and one of the most stunningly place in Africa. The sunset colours painted over the granite mountain will be forever etched in my memory.
Spitzkoppe has also played a role in human history for thousands of years, with numerous San bushman paintings being found around the rocks.
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Spitzkoppe
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Great Egret - Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Okavango Delta is a huge swamp area formed from Okavango River originating from rains in the Angola highlands.The waters slowly run through Namibian's Kalahari Desert to produce the largest delta in the world, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes, islands and channels.
I had never seen such a large number and variety of birds, large and small, of all possible colors and shapes. The guides told us there were more than 400 known species in the Delta !
This place is definitely a paradise for bird watchers.

Moremi Game Reserve
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"Victoria" is one of the most spectacular attractions of Africa and one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. It is created by the Zambezi River that suddenly plummets into a narrow, 100-meters deep chasm. At the same time, Victoria is the only waterfall in the world that is over one kilometer wide and over one hundred meters deep !
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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We met this sea lion pup all alone in a deserted beach, close to Walvis Bay in Namibia. This little fella had probably been abandoned by his mom, which has been happening since sea lions have been having trouble finding food. Such a heartbreaking moment knowing that he would probably never have a chance to survive. 😢
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Sandwich Harbour
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Sol de Manana, meaning morning sun in spanish, is a geothermal field in Sur Lipez Province (Bolivia).
This area is characterized by intense volcanic activity and the sulphur springs field is full of mud lakes and steam pools with boiling mud.
It was absolutely FREEZING before sunrise, with bitter winds ! But what an outstanding spectacle to observe these small columns of smoak along with the sunrise with its splendid colors...
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Sol De La Mañana, Potosi, Bolivia
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Venice always saves its best acts for last. Imagine the sun reflecting its color on the water, the sky turning red with some shades of pink and orange. The perfect balance in alchemy when fire meets water...
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Venice, Italy
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There once was an arrogant Babboon, a self-appointed "Lord of the Water". He guarded one of the only sources of water that remained during times of drought, a small pool, and forbid any of the other animals from drinking there.

Legend has it that one day a Zebra and his son arrived at the pool. The weather had been very dry and hot, and there was little water to be found anywhere. They went to have a drink when suddenly a voice boomed "Go Away!, I am the Lord of the Water, and this is my pool"!The Zebras looked up, startled, and saw the angry Babboon sitting by his fire. "Water belongs to everyone, not just to you monkeyface", shouted the young Zebra."Then you must fight me for it if you want to drink" challenged the babboon, and attacked the young Zebra. The two fought savagely for what seemed an eternity until with a furious kick, the Zebra sent the Babboon flying through the air until he landed amongst the rocks. Till this day, the Babboon has a patch on his bottom where he landed.

African legends tell us that the tired Zebra staggered, and fell through the Babboons fire, scorching his white coat and leaving him with black stripes across it. The terrified Zebras dashed away back to the plains where they forever remained.

The arrogant Babboon and his family still live among the rocks and spend their days challenging intruders, holding their tails aloft to ease the pain of the pare patch of skin where they landed. So goes the legend of how the Zebra got his stripes.

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Etosha National Park
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Polloquere Hot springs are located next to the Salar de Surire in the north of Chile. The area count with a rich wildlife where ñandúes, flamencos, caitíes, patos juarjual, vicuñas, alpacas and llamas can be spotted in their natural habitat.

Ambient temperature fluctuates between -15ºC during night and 5ºC in day time with a lot of wind. That' why Polloquere thermal waters are really enjoyable with an average temperature above 60°C !
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Termas De Polloquere
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Fish River Canyon - Namibia
The Fish River Canyon is the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking ! The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth's crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.
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Fish River Canyon
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One of Africa’s great reserves is the incredible Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. This vast, arid wilderness of 22,750 square kilometers is centered around the seemingly endless Etosha Pan, a saline depression that irregularly fills with rain water and attracts millions of flamingoes and other waterbirds. Several natural and artificial waterholes scattered through the park quench the thirst of an incredibly varied and large population of grazers and predators.
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Etosha National Park
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