Fondest memory: Apart from trekking in the jungle and relaxing by he river, just taking an afternoon walk was a highlight of my time in Ketambe. Heading north towards Blangkerejen, the road is lined on both sides with jungle. Often you will see a troup of monkeys, although the Thomas-leaf monkeys seem to be quite shy and will scoot into the jungle when they see you approach. It is great to just listen to the noises of the jungle and see the sunlight streaming through the trees.
I was sitting by the river at the Friendship Guesthouse reading a book when something landed on my shoulder, jumped to the ground and scampered across the grass. I quickly followed and realised it was a lizard-like creature. I went to grab my camera as it scuttled up a tree. When I looked up I noticed there were two chameleons on branches quite close to each other. The one I had follwed was a bright, vivid green color. The other was more grey-green and it was then I noticed huge red genitals bulging from its underside.
It became clear that the bright green female was not at all interested in the male - it was more concerned with escaping my sights. Not long after it ran off, the male's genitals 'magically' disappeared from view, and it too changed back into the more vivid green color useful for camouflage amongst te foliage.
Wow! Another magnificent encounter with nature.
After considerable travel - Banda Aceh to Takengon and Takengon to Ketambe - and then a trek in the jungle, Ketambe was the perfect place for a couple of days of relaxing by the river. One of my fondest memories is the amazingly vivid coloring of the dragonflies - greens, reds, blues - busily enjoying the warmth and mositure of the gardens around the guesthouses and river. As I sat by the river enjoying the sun and losing myself in a book, I was often pleasantly distracted by flights of dragonflies seemingly constantly searching for something - I don't know what. They didn't seem at all fussed as I approached to take a photo.
A very enjoyable experience with nature.