Pak Asrial Rajo Batuah stands proudly in front of the beautiful Rumah Gadang (in Minangkabau 'big house') that he built in his West Sumatra hometown. Minangkabau architecture - typical of West Sumatra - is instantly recognisable for the sweeping buffalo horn roof and for its beautifully intricate exterior paintwork.
The highland forests of Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park boasts more tigers than all of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam together. This mountainous wilderness is one of the most densely-populated tiger reserves in the world.
If you take time to stop and explore the jungle can reveal some unexpectedly enthralling hidden gems.
The isolated forests around Danau Gunung Tujuh are home to gibbons, tapirs, deer, bears and even tigers. Take time to explore the undergrowth in more depth and even the little things can seem fascinating.
Rays of light cut through the cathedral like canopy on the forested slope of Gunung Tujuh.
Gunung Tujuh camping
A camping trip on Danau Gunung Tujuh is one of Sumatra's most popular wilderness trips.
Recent studies have shown that there might be less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, with the majority of them living in the forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (www.fauna-flora.org) are fighting to save Indonesia’s noblest creature and the habitat in which he lives. (This image taken in Bukittinggi Zoo, West Sumatra).
Bandung cargo boat
'Semangat Baru' (New Spirit) is one of more than 200 timber 'bandung' trading boats that carry cargo along Indonesia's longest river.
Finalists about to paddle out for the main event in the 2015 Medewi Board Riders surf contest.
Two men enjoy a peaceful game of chess on a Putussibau boardwalk.
Horse-trekking from Menjangan Resort provides one of the most exciting ways to explore West Bali National Park.
West Bali National Park
A jetty creeps out into the waters of West Bali National Park from the Bali starling rehabilitation centre at Brumbun Bay.
Bali National Park Temple
Temple guardian at a remote temple in West Bali National Park.
Sambar deer enjoy the peace of dawn on a beach in West Bali National Park. Java's Ijen volcano smoulders on the horizon.
Sambar deer enjoy the peace of dawn on a beach in West Bali National Park
West Bali Sunset
A fishing boat sets sail at dawn along the shoreline of West Bali National Park.
There is no official accommodation at the Brumbun Bay ranger station but a simple shack and a campfire are paradise here. Java's Ijen Volcano smoulders on the horizon.
Rural traditions die hard in Bali's 'Wild West' - buffalo ploughing a paddy field on the edge of West Bali National Park
Do not Disturb
Many resorts in remote West Bali specialise in a feeling of seclusion and romantic privacy that is hard to replicate in the more crowded centre of the island.
A typically spectacular sunset blossoms over the coast of northwestern Bali.
Medewi Beach Grom Clean
Volunteers teaming up with the local groms to help clean the beaches.
When the first rains hit Bali the rivers flush a years supply of plastics, trash and household residue down to the beaches. It is the onslaught that we fight hardest to overcome here in Medewi.
Let the Sea Set You Free
The Medewi groms will often surf for 3 or 4 hours, sharing trashed old boards with the noses snapped off...none of them have ever had a full block of wax all to themselves. The chance to earn a brand new board is like winning the lottery for them.
These state-of-the-art parabolic surfboards (Trinity pro boards that are also ideal for learners) are the incentive that entices the local groms to the beach cleaning days.
During a 2-day beach-cleaning session the team might collect more than a ton of plastics, bottles, driftwood and nappies (which, for cultural reasons, Balinese will never burn).