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Sewing Dao (Dao Khau) Tribe

Sewing Dao Tribe

Women of this tribe are recognized by black 3/4 length trousers richly embroidered with the signature flower, tree and star patterns seen on many other Dao costumes. They also wear a front hanging black apron with a wide, plain blue band at the waist (also common to some H’mong), together with a plain black turban. This is what “official description” says. Continue reading Sewing Dao (Dao Khau) Tribe

Our assistent – Diamond Python

Australia is a home for around 15 species of Pythons and Morelia Spilota Spilota is arguably the most beautiful of them all. This snake is perfectly known to Sydney residents and no one is scared of it. It is in fact one of the most common snakes around Sydney. Continue reading Our assistent – Diamond Python

Venomous Australia??

Australia is unique. It’s being isolated for millions of  years and this created number of extraordinary creatures that can’t be found anywhere else. But this uniqueness comes at a price, ecosystems never exposed to outside world are vulnerable, any seemingly unimportant change can result in tragic consequences. For that reason this land down under is perfect place to watch what happens if human start to introduce foreign species to new environments… Continue reading Venomous Australia??

Tam Dao – Trailer

Tam Dao

Tam Dao National Park is located in North Vietnam, just few hours ride of Hanoi. Steep, uninviting mountains are home to many natural wonders. This movie is our invitation for you to meet some of them. Continue reading Tam Dao – Trailer

Chiang Mai – Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

Lantern festival of Chiang Mai is one of the most visually spectacular festivals around the world. In westerners mind this event is focused on floating thousands of big, paper lanterns into the sky at the same time. It seems though there is more tourists actually doing it, while Thais are floating their own “lanterns” on the water. Continue reading Chiang Mai – Lantern Festival

Wolf that pretends not to be wolf to look like real bad ass…

Mimicry is similarity of one organism to another, unrelated organism. Such similarity benefits impostor based for example on good or bad fame of the one that it’s being  mimicked… There are for example orchids that pretend to be… sexy female bees to get pollinated… There are grasshoppers that look like a leaf or a twig and there are mantises looking just like flowers and that often renders them entirely invisible. There are also some smart pants of natural world using mimicry to convince everyone around they should’t be messed with. Continue reading Wolf that pretends not to be wolf to look like real bad ass…

calendar 2017

I don’t know what about snakes gets me so much, but I’d really like everyone to be able to see those beautiful and agile animals the way I do. You’d simply need to spend few moments watching them without prejudice and fear…

Because the 2016 is ending we’ve produced a calendar for you, to get those unappreciated little dragons little publicity.

Calendar is 12x12in, printed out on very high quality paper and all pages are covered with protective layer of UV coating.

For 15$ you can have one of those little faces looking at you from across the room everyday in 2017 😉

At the moment we’re able to accept payments only via Pay Pal, and will only ship to the address sent to us by Pay Pal together with payment confirmation

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calendar cover
calendar 2017 cover

 

 

 

 

South India – Bollywood Theater


Short term memory loss

– What the hell was the name of that village… – I muttered trying to remember but my mind was blank. 

– Can’t recall. – replied calmly Norbert. – But how many theaters in the area can be playing tonight? I’m pretty sure someone will know where it is.

With that optimistic thought we left the hotel. Hotel boy had no clue where the theater was going to be performing. Neither rickshaw driver although he offered to take us “there” for extremely expensive 80 rupees. Having no idea where to go we took on… our right. By asking anyone we’ve met about the play we’ve managed only to get an idea that the way leads through the forest. So there we go to that forest but but but… some friendly villagers try to persuade us not to. Continue reading South India – Bollywood Theater

Burmese market – Sittwe – Gallery

Like country, like hypermarket. In some places without place to shop and sell, there is no life. Hypermarket feeds, dresses you up and connects you with others. Everyone who deals with anything has to show up here for merchandise, every restaurant owner needs to buy here fish and every mother must pick up some rice and some second hand pants for her sons… In Sittwe every single day starts at the market. Continue reading Burmese market – Sittwe – Gallery

Mali – gallery

Desert of Mali. Most of the world has heard about it in 80s, when catastrophic draught has killed there over 100.000 people and forced next few hundred thousand to migrate. Beautiful, terrifying pictures of Sebastiao Salgado have brought this country to attention of Western world and since then Mali is recognizable (pictures available here: http://www.amazonasimages.com/travaux-sahel). Though draughts are not as bad anymore in that area, people still experience poverty and hunger. Continue reading Mali – gallery

South India – Meeting with sisters

Every cloud has a silver lining

Traveling at night time is always a risky idea. You would think: I’ll save some money, jump in one night half of the country and will be able to continue traveling tomorrow after a good nap. Sometimes it works. Usually it doesn’t. This one particular night in the bus from Chennai to Kanyakumari was a definite “doesn’t”. Continue reading South India – Meeting with sisters

The taste of Durian

Apparently, it is estimated that Vietnam has about 20 varieties of durian. Most of them do not have a name and are only available locally. Thailand is to have 234 and Malaysia, people of which are believed to be crazy about the king of fruits – around 130. It turns out that there are as many durians as apples … Continue reading The taste of Durian

Reticulated Python close and personal

Meet Roman. Roman is about 5 years old. He was born in Singapore and never seen any other place.

We’ve met Roman strolling around restricted military area after midnight. To our excuse we’ve got only fact that we entered the area through storm drain and there were no „stop” signs anywhere to be seen. We’ve met actually on our way out, while we were trying to evacuate our selfs out of the unfriendly place. Roman was basking by the river under clouded midnight sky. Continue reading Reticulated Python close and personal

Reptiles – gallery

For reasons I cant understand even until now I’ve been fascinated by the snakes and reptiles in general since I can remember. Hopefully those few random photographs pulled out from my archives will make you see beauty that I see, but most fail to see… Continue reading Reptiles – gallery

Daboia Siamensis – Eastern Russels Viper

This snake is equally beautiful, fascinating and deadly.  It has patchy distribution in Asia and wherever it can be found plays significant role in snake bites statistics. But what is most fascinating about it is the fact, that anti-venom produced for particular population is often useless for the same species bites treatment in another region as the venom of different population affects human differently. Continue reading Daboia Siamensis – Eastern Russels Viper

Trimeresurus albolabris – White lipped pit viper.

Tiny baby, but in fact Trimeresurus Albolabris is responsible for around 45% of venomous bites treated in southern part of Vietnam.  See for your self hod deadly this creature is… Continue reading Trimeresurus albolabris – White lipped pit viper.

Oligodon Deuvei – newly discovered species from south Vietnam

Oligodon Deuvei doesn’t have a common name yet. It was discovered in 2008 by Patric David, Gernot Vogel and John Rooijen. Its name Deuvei was chosen to honor Mr. Jean Deuve who died in 2008 and who had spent 20 years in Laos  and in parallel to his political and military duties documented and researched fauna of this country with special attention to snakes… 

Oligodon Deuvei lives in fact very close to human but is rarely seen because of it’s small size and secretive habits. Continue reading Oligodon Deuvei – newly discovered species from south Vietnam

Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus – Brown Spotted Pitviper

Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus, common name Brown Spotted Pitviper or Taiwanese Habu. This beautiful snake is widely distributed across southern Asia, from India through Viet Nam,  and is also found on Taiwan. This species can be found at altitudes of up to 2,000 m above sea level. Unfortunately one of the most frequent reasons for antivenom aid in Vietnam and therefore, massively killed. Continue reading Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus – Brown Spotted Pitviper

Ptyas Korros

Ptyas Korros, commonly known as a Chinese Rat Snake. It leaves around whole South East Asia and it’s an endemic snake. Very beautiful and… with character as you can see! Continue reading Ptyas Korros

In search of Bayon faces – part II

Banteay Chhmar – Sister of Angkor Wat

Far away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap and Angkor, lies the small village of Muong Cau. Everyone calls it Banteay Chhmar but it is really the name of the temple lying nearby. There are no buses going to this village, the only way to get here is to catch a taxi from Sisaphon town lying 65 km away or… to hitchhike. In Muong Cau there are no hotels, nor restaurants. It’s quiet, peaceful place, time passes slowly and has time to smile. Continue reading In search of Bayon faces – part II