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"Lovely Bay". Following Alfred Russel Wallace and Anna Weber-van Bosse, Lembar Bay - Labuan Tring, Lombok, Indonesia

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Today it's called Lembar Bay, but Alfred Russel Wallace - yes! he of the Wallace Line - in 1859 and Anna Weber-van Bosse (see my www.flickr.com/photos/87453322@N00/16422261382/in/photolist-) in 1900 knew it as Labuan Tring. Lembar is now a main harbor - though small - for Bali but just across the water is the town of Labuantereng, Alfred and Anna's Labuan Tring.
Wallace came here to hunt birds and insects for collectors in Europe; indeed, that's how he made his money. At the same time he was, of course, an avid naturalist. In his great The Malay Archipelago it is exactly here at this bay that he writes: 'Birds were plentiful and very interesting, and I now saw for the first time many Australian forms that are quite absent from the islands westward (e.g. Bali etc., RP).' And repeating himself a few lines later: 'This is the most westerly point on the globe where any of the family (of a small honeysucker, RP) are to be found.' And he continues with a description of the Megapodidae, 'a small family of birds found only in Australia and the surrounding islands'; then again a listing of others, among which the Australian Bee-eater. Hence obviously his Wallace Line (1859).
Forty years later Anna Weber-van Bosse also waxes eloquent on this pretty bay. The H.M. Siboga of the Dutch naturalist expedition 1899-1900 had tried to stay at Ampenan to the north. But the swell of the sea - remarked on by Wallace, too - was too strong; only with some courage could a shipmate gather up the mail on shore and take letters to be posted. Weber-van Bosse gives a full account in her Een jaar aan boord van H.M. Siboga. They steamed down then to the 'Lovely Bay of Laboean Tring', where the expedition collected natural objects and made measurements which confirmed for them that Wallace's Line was misplaced. Later, of course, the Weber Line was positioned a few hundred km easterly...
Anyway... I had a great time reading about this and visiting the area. This is a view of the bay looking more or less north towards Lembar. The ships are the remaining rust of various ferry services - or so I was told by some villagers. Still, I thought the scene rather tranquil...
Date: 2015-02-19 16:34:23



Alfred Russel Wallace Anna Weber-van Bosse H.M. Siboga Australia Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia Labuantereng, Lombok, Indonesia Labuan Tring, Lombok, Indonesia Megapodidae Bali, Indonesia Sekotong, Lombok, Indonesia Australian Bee-eater BlinkAgain FlickrAward

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Well shot
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Sandsteiner 2015-02-19 21:19:38
marvelous image!
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Outstanding clarity!
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beautifully captured ~
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Nice collection of boats!
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Beautiful shot
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A peaceful scene.
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