Photo of the Week … Borneo Downpour

Sydney is wet at the moment. Very wet. It has been pouring on and off all month. It has to be one of the wettest Octobers on record. And the rain has been ruining plans, as it does. Weddings, parties, picnics, open studios, sport… all affected by the rain. But I should not complain, our farmers in NSW need it badly. And Sydney had gone a long few months without a decent downpour.

Rain also affects travel plans. It seems to be even more annoying when you travel as sightseeing and touring around isn’t much fun in the rain. There is not much you can do about the rain in Borneo, which gets an average of 600mm a year rainfall. It wasn’t unusual for us to be caught in a drenching during our time there, like in these photos. We were climbing up a small mountain in central Sabah. Just before we set off to climb it and see the burial caves, we were caught in this downpour. Luckily it only lasted a few minutes and then we were able to climb the mountain, up some very slippery steps in our ponchos. Always in ponchos.

The rewarding view from the top of the climb, after the rain had ceased.


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