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Nature • Conservation • Travel  Tropical environments, wildlife, and adventure tourism. Visual media @stickyricetravel | @fstopgear📍Malaysian Borneo

Due to the wide range of altitude, from ~500-4098m, Kinabalu National Park has four main vegetation zones. From the humid tropical lowland and hill rainforest dominated by towering dipterocarps, through lower and upper montane cloud forests scattered with moss, nepenthes, and epiphytes, and sub-alpine vegetation lined by stunted trees and scrub. The diversity of this UNESCO World Heritage site has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as the pan-tropics. #wildtropics

Outside of the main tourist track to climb the iconic Mount Kinabalu there is an extensive network of lower trails throughout this UNESCO World Heritage site. Mount Kinabalu National Park holds around half of Borneo’s plant species in an wide range of habitats, a biodiversity hotspot teeming with endemism, and the uniquely jagged peaks of #MountKinabalu - the highest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea with many majestic angles to photograph. 🌌 #exploretocreate

A crispy aerial view of Fitzsimmons Creek that separates Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, fringed by a white blanketed temperate rainforest in British Columbia 🍁 | Canada #earthcapture #aerialphotography #exploreBC

During my last day in Vancouver I took advantage of staying in the north of the city and explored the nearby Lost Lagoon that bordered Stanley Park. This area is an important refuge for wildlife and I was pleasantly surprised by the biodiversity I encountered, including this Spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus) hopping around the leaf litter with their shimmering rufous flanks. Vancouver, British Columbia | Canada, 2018 🍁🇨🇦

Catching a moments breath along the steady undulating hills of Whistler Mountain during the surreal experience of snowboarding on fresh powder in dumping snow. British Columbia | Canada, 2018 📷 // @whitroyal

On the Peak2Peak Gondola heading from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain separated by Fitzsimmons Creek with an unreal backdrop of the lush Rocky Mountains spanning for days! An even better experience when the glass of the gondola isn’t frozen and skewing the views! 🍁#wildernessculture #onlyinwhistler #exploreBC

The purity of strolling around Whistler Village after an evening of continuous snowfall is that you’re confronted with a drastically different setting now covered in a blanket of fresh powder. ❄️ #whistler #ohcanada #canadasworld

Skeptical at first of this snow-shoeing business then given the length of the tracks and depth of snow I had to trudge through, I was quietly relieved I had these swanky metal grips attached to my shoes. Lost Lake in Whistler, British Columbia | Canada 🇨🇦 // feat. @fstopgear Florentine / @forsakeco Duck #fstopgear #fstopcommunity #forsake #canadasworld

An aerial view of the almost frozen Fitzsimmons’ Creek from the #Peak2Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in #BritishColumbia | #Canada

Surreal views of towering volcanic peaks, ancient glaciers, and snowy temperate coastal rainforest blanketed by snow, boggled my mind. A seasonal change of this extreme is usually a foreign concept outside of wet and dry seasons within the tropics. So experiencing the Canadian Rocky Mountains in well below zero temperatures, whilst sitting in a freeze box, on the world’s longest unsupported lift 400m+ above the valley, was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon. #exploreBC #explorecanada #canadasworld

A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) perched in a prominent position along Lost Lagoon, near the entrance to Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia | Canada, 2018 ⠀
This species is common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America, and is the largest species of heron throughout this region. This artificial body of water is an important nesting site for many species of birds and attracts migrants from afar. #greatblueheron #canadaparks #canadasworld

As I cruise down the winding roads of the Canadian Rocky Mountains from Whistler to Vancouver, I reflect upon the incredible year that was and the #2017bestnine that engaged you most. ⠀

Last year marked the first full 12 months living abroad working with @stickyricetravel and setting up our freelance lives in Malaysian Borneo. I’m humbled by the opportunities that have allowed me to explore the beautifully rich backyard of Sabah more extensively whilst expanding my craft, and having a wonderful time throughout it all. The new friends I’ve made this year have all been inspiring individuals each in their own right and have made living abroad that much more enjoyable. ⠀

From the white sandy beaches of Nusa Lembongan in Bali, to sun bears in East Kalimantan, three incredible weeks on a road trip throughout the wild lands of Madagascar, and all the way to the crispy white-capped mountains in Canada for a White Christmas. The incredible landscapes, wildlife, and all those who joined me along the ride - it was more than what I could have ever imagined! ⠀

2018 ~ Here’s to a world of new discoveries and exploration with my eyes wide open by staying true to my purpose of showcasing the natural wonder this planet has on offer.

Where thick alpine forests reach for the sky and the snow capped peaks of Rainbow Mountain, towering above Whistler in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This stunning blue bird day offered an incredibly crisp perspective of the beautiful landscapes I’ve been exploring these past few weeks. Such a wonderful part of the world to roll in the new year! 🍁🏞 #Whistler #canadianrockies #canadasworld

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