Beauty, Big and Small

POM Downtown

House of Parliament from the Air

Mt Diamond Hike - Waterfall Detritus

Huli Headgear - Closeup

so smw, slt has been back in pom for precisely six weeks now, since the end of the vacation from which those lovely last photos of coastal fnq originated. thanks to all who liked and commented on that post – i seem to be picking up some readers who didn’t know me back when: i’m delighted that my pics and ramblings appeal to you. in this post – mostly photos from a wonderful hike just today, up a mountain to a swimmable many-tiered waterfall, past a mini-copper mine (we’re talking a watery mosquito-breeding hole in the side of a hill: don’t get excited), and back through grassy fields and hillsides. you’ll notice that rainy season has returned to pom, borne on the change of wind direction: which made possible the aerial photos of downtown and suburban-sprawly port moresby, including the majestic and rather dramatic house of parliament (a short walk, actually, from where i sit as i post this…), since the planes now land and take off in the opposite direction, northbound rather than southbound. honestly: i’ve never carried my camera aboard so many flights as i do in png, nor been as glad so often that i have it with me. i will write nothing more – you may have heard some distressing things in the news about png lately; those exist, as they do for the US and any other place where humans gather; but so do very many people, places and things of beauty. i’m choosing to focus on those, at the moment. enjoy.A Tree Grows at the Hospital

Water Tanks - Barbed Wire - Mountains

…i was also in tari this week on a visit; the head decoration you see up above in the fourth photo is one of our colleagues there: many huli men routinely adorn their heads or their hats with leaves and other such accessories, which when you first arrive from the streets of LA or Paris seems unusual, but it really grows on you. the other shots above and below are from tari hospital and surroundings.Flowers & A Fence

Highlands Stream & Hills

Mt Diamond Hike - Upper Falls

Mt Diamond Hike Grass & Hills

Mt Diamond Hike

Mt Diamond Hike - Young Chaperone

Mt Diamond Hike - Waterfall

Mt Diamond Hike - Waterfall Detritus 2

Mt Diamond Hike - Butterfly finally Sat Still Long Enough for a Photo

Mt Diamond Hike - Undergrowth

Mt Diamond Hike - Trees & River

Mt Diamond Hike - Paul Swimming

Mt Diamond Hike - Palm & Tree on a Hill

Mt Diamond Hike - Lower Falls from Upper

Mt Diamond Hike - Paul Swimming 2Mt Diamond Hike - Hills Trees and a Montain

Mt Diamond Hike - Flowers in the Undergrowth

Mt Diamond Hike - Enjoying the Waterfall

Islands & Coral off Coast of Gulf Province

Here you really see how the coral reefs grow up closer to the water and how they differ from the sandy bottom or whatever else there is. At the top is a real island with sand around it; but below that there is only one area which barely was breaching the surface. This is off the coast of Gulf Province, west of POM, on the trip up to Tari earlier this week.Islands & Clouds at Gulf-Coast Delta

Islands & Clouds at Gulf-Coast Delta 2

Tair Airstrip from the Air

Below, depending on your browser and how it reads the layout: the airstrip at Tari; furhter below, you can see the old-town part of downtown at the top, and the sprawl of the suburban areas where I’m living and working, and where the House of Parliament is, all strewn around these lovely green hills. Well, now they’re green — a few weeks ago when I landed from Cairns they were getting mighty brown…POM Sprawl from the Air

POM Downtown from Air

4 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, greetings from Columbus, OH, capital of your birth state, where I gave a talk on Friday. And thanks for these lovely pictures of a warm, beautiful place. Very different from Friday, the day I drove here, when there was icy rain and black ice on the roads. I’m looking forward to having you in these United States soon, even if you’ll be on the left coast, and I’m looking forward to seeing you myself in the not too distant future!

    February 24, 2013 at 23:15

  2. Adam Burck

    Paul, thanks for the updates. I love the cultural observations strewn in to the narrative. I love that the men adorn their heads. Is this a tradition that is disappearing or is it prevalent and robust?

    February 25, 2013 at 02:17

    • Hey Adam, glad you enjoyed the blog & pics. I’d say the head-adornment tradition among Huli men is quite robust to my eye, though perhaps in the past it was even more frequently seen. It’s something which struck me as unusual and distinctive when I first arrived, and which is now quite normal to me but which I still enjoy when i see it. 🙂

      March 1, 2013 at 18:04

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