The Duchess of Cambridge is showing off her talents as a photographer, publishing a selection of pictures from her recent trip to Borneo on her and her husband’s official website, dukeandduchessofcambridge.org.
Kate snapped the grand scale of the jungle, as well as some of its orangutan inhabitants, during a visit to the Danum Valley Research Station last September. The visit took place during the royals’ Diamond Jubilee tour through South East Asia and the South Pacific.
Other images — in color and black and white —include mountainous landscapes, jungle clearings, and palm oil plantations.
This photo was taken by The Duchess during her and The Duke’s private walk through part of the jungle, close to the Danum Valley research station. In rare clearings, when the sunlight does shine though, it creates the most spectacular effect through the architectural structures of the trees and leaves.
.This picture was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge as she and The Duke were travelling by car through the rain forest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia. It does not even begin to give a sense of the size of these jungle giants, which are truly one of Nature’s most awesome sights.
The Borneo rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Thousands of species of flowering plants, trees, terrestrial mammals and birds can be found in these vast canopies, but they are under serious pressure from commerce and changing weather patterns.
.The Duke and Duchess flew over this palm oil plantation on their way to the Royal Society research station in Sabah, Malaysia. These plantations are vital to the production of many products used in daily life, from cooking to biofuels. The challenge is to find a way to increase global palm oil production to meet growing demand without causing further deforestation.
Photographs copyright HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2012.