Moss & Mushrooms – A Rainforest Walk

Ambua - Bright Leaves & UndergrowthAmbua - Berries & Mossy Trees

smw, slt has now been back in PNG for three weeks, after our lovely lazy long holiday in Los Angeles. Much is happening on the work front which has kept me busy and often feeling rather overwhelmed. Thus the usual Sunday outing during my extended visit to Tari this past week was very welcome: we went to Ambua Lodge and walked around their ravine and rainforest during a rain that ranged from quite strong to dripping mist, over the course of our couple-hour ramble. I got into the mood of it – so long as I’d be ending muddy and wet regardless, I decided to disengage my brain from daily mundane worries and look at all the layers and varieties of life packed into each square centimeter of ground, tree and even air that I could find. Hope you enjoy these views of  a wet walk through the rainforest near Tari.
Ambua - Moss & Fallen Leaf

Ambua Rocks & River

Ambua - Ferns & Undergrowth

Ambua - Moss & Tree Root Underhang

This mossy hollow by the path felt like the kind of place where, in a fantasy story, you’d find the hidden entrance to another world.Ambua - Mushrooms on Tree

Ambua - Mushrooms onTree 2

…And often, as in the case of this mushroom and moss-bedecked tree, or the long red hanging berries (anyone know what those are??), I couldn’t decide which angle or close-up I found most fascinating for viewing it. So you get both…hope it doesn’t bore you.Ambua - Berries & Chopped Tree

Ambua - Mossy Branch

Ambua - Mosses & Waterflow

Ambua - Mossy Ledge Detail

Ambua Ravine

Ambua - New Guinea Impatiens

In 9th grade biology class I was required to design a controlled experiment of my own – this was a first for me. I recall that my experiment involved, among a few other kinds of plants, New Guinea impatiens – which you see, above, in their native habitat. Who knew that … thirty-five years later?! … I’d end up on the other side of the world seeing them in their native land? Below you see what I think of as the departure lounge at Tari Airstrip, where I waited for 2.5 hours for a delayed flight on Thursday only to get cut off as darling AirNuigini decided, for reasons unknown, not to let everyone with boarding cards board. You wonder why I don’t encourage my friends to come here for tourist reasons, much as I’m obviously enjoying it as a work location for myself? Among other reasons, its air travel situation requires more patience & flexibility than most people want to need on vacation — even Americans who’ve adapted to the farce that is air travel in the US these days.
Airport - Tari - Waiting Area

Ambua - Fungi on Tree

8 responses

  1. Christian Hopfer

    Great pics. It’s snowing in denver.

    May 5, 2013 at 09:19

  2. Pat Eickman

    Paul, have you considered becoming a professional photographer? These are incredible pictures! The “ambua-ferns-undergrowth” shot is now my desktop photo. Good luck with your project. May all go smoothly! Pat Eickman

    May 5, 2013 at 14:45

  3. Bill McCuskey

    Stunning!!! Thanks, Paul. Good luck with successful extension.

    May 5, 2013 at 22:24

  4. Maryasha

    Beautiful! I’m just back from Wisconsin where I…Ice canoeing! (among other things….)

    May 6, 2013 at 06:33

  5. Chuck

    Good work young man!

    May 7, 2013 at 13:19

  6. Mike Simon

    I agree with Pat. I think I know what your next career is. Great pics!

    May 12, 2013 at 12:27

  7. amelia

    Love the images. It reminds me of the (oft-unseen) magic of PNG. Thanks for sharing!!!

    May 13, 2013 at 23:23

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