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Kings of the Sky by RakelClark Kings of the Sky by RakelClark
This was at the halfway point, Laban Rata Resthouse at Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia. After 6 hours (and some) of climbing, I sat/collapsed against a rock. As I watched other climbers trickle up the mountain, I caught this split-second scene of two boys atop a utility house.

The journey was spiritual. The pain, the sweat, the desire to reach the peak. Turning each corner of the mountain, I prayed for a rest-stop. After reaching the halfway point, I gorged myself, ravenously, on the simple buffet.

More stairs up to my bunkbed... Only to wake up at 3am to start hiking in pitch darkness to the peak to catch the sunrise.

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” - Harold Whitman

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Given 2010-05-11
Suggester says, "I have like no words for this, it's amazing and I believe it's worthy of more recognition than the few favs it got now. My jaw dropped when I saw it." Kings of the Sky by ~RakelClark

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( Suggested by petrova and Featured by evanhwong )
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findingfirefliess Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student Photographer
I love the juxtaposition of the shadows with the bright sky. 
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sylviaD Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Still the best pic on DA!
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nikefuretta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In my opinion 6 hours and more of climbing and panting and effort are a good price when you can take picture like this!
gorgeous shot!
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
cheers!
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CyanScape Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Simply amazing...
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WinterpointPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! I've been to Malaysia four times but never Kotakinabalu
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
it's definitely worth a trip. up the mountain for the first two days and book a spot on the beach for some good dives.
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krameriano17 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
great one straight to favs!
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thanks for the fav+
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sylviaD Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Another year has passed and I still haven't found anything to challenge this shot as my fave pic on DA!
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thank you =)
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AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous!! :faint: :heart:
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LynxKitteh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Hehe, cool :D
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
=) thanks
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LynxKitteh Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Yw :meow:
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dzulfriday Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Beautiful!
Hello talented photographer! You are invited to show your photo works here!
Fotografi Malaysia - Malaysia's Photography Enthusiasts Portal
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Thank you. How do I get this started?
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basca666 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010   Photographer
This too beautiful
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Thank you =)
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basca666 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Photographer
You're welcome
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Drago2721 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture, and great perspetive=D
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Thank you =)
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Drago2721 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem=D
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Drago2721 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture, and great perspetive=D
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ozcon97 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
amazing
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Thank you =)
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BrianSouth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot!
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Thank you! =D
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randyrakhmadany Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
woow.. its totally amazing !! :love:
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Thank you! =) This is a personal fav of mine. ^^
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sylviaD Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This is my favorite picture on DA! I come back to it again and again. I'm just happy I was in on it before all the acclaim rolled in! hehe ...Ahead of the curve, that's me! :D
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Thank you =) You're most gracious! hehe.. Hope to hear from you again!
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KitKatCat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This is beautiful, it looks like you can reach out and touch the clouds. ^^
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
=) Thank you. When I was hiking up, there was actually a raincloud that blew past us. It was very misty and cold.
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KitKatCat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Oh wow! you touched a cloud :D
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DarkxNight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I'd be scared and awed to sit in a place like that, if such a place existed :)
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
hehe.. yeh it was pretty overwhelming. and yes, such a place does exist. only we are so lucky to live in this world. =)
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DarkxNight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
:D i need to go there someday and conquer my fear of heights/fear of falling!
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Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
that's beautiful :D
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thank you =)
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Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
nop :)
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spiritusrosae Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
This is... really amazing! Stunning! Beautiful! :wow:
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Hi there =) Thank you! I'm glad you liked it ^^
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Writer
Pure poetry :D
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
=) Thank you
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photoemmex Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
featured [link]
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
thank you! =D
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music-keeps-me-going Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student General Artist
BEAUTIFUL
thats all I can say....Im speachless
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RakelClark Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
thank you so much ^^
I'm glad u like it. =D
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Dec 28, 2009, 7:33:37 PM