Rubber Production, Seed Pods, Vast Vistas

Hills & Grass Stalks Panorama

smw, slt has been back from the 1.5-week Australia holiday for three weeks, and tomorrow we’re off again for meetings in Amsterdam, the annual gathering of us all from the various parts of the world to talk about strategy, planning, management, what have you. It’s been nearly a year since I last had much in-person interaction with my peers and HQ colleagues, so I’m quite looking forward to the meetings, even if I’m not so excited about the 30-hour transit time it wil take to get me from a Port moresby mid-day to an Amsterdam early morning. With such long flights pending, and deep vein thrombosis always a known risk, I’ve been out diving and hiking, swimming and playing tennis to keep this old circulatory system and these weary bones working as well as possible. Herewith a few shots from the most recent bushwalk, up to that lovely hike along the ridge and mountains through the rubber plantation to where the world falls away in one of the most dramatic cliff drops I know of. (Ok, it’s not grand canyon, but it’s pretty remarkable, no?) This time I remembered to record a bit of the rubber-tapping and collection process for your enjoyment or edification. Enjoy…or be edified :-).Rubber Tree

Rubber BucketPaul Rests by the Drop

…yes, just by my left foot is a long, very steep, very sheer drop. Quite the resting place, no?DSC02965

When you see wide, skinny shots like this it means I’m trying out my camera’s panning panorama function. The one above should have been tatken at higher resolution b/c now it appears a bit pixellated…but let me know: aside from the image-size and pixellation issue, do you find these panoramas an interesting addition to the mix, or do you prefer standard-format shots? Also, you will have noticed that we’re fairly well into the dry season at this point. Quite a different level of vegetation, lushness and greenery from, say, a highlands rainforest walk, suh as these shots from earlier in the year up at Ambua: https://somuchworldsolittletime.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/moss-mushrooms-a-rainforest-walk/DSC02970

I admit that I love that shot below: it’s a hardened blob of tapped rubber, after being tipped out of a drip bucket like the ones you see in both of the prior shots (immediately above, and higher up)…but doesn’t it look almost like a luscious dollop of whipped cream atop a mug of mocha with a sprinkle of nutmeg? 🙂

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Paul by the Drop Mtns Panorama on PlantaionHikeSeed Pods and Hills

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Mtn High Valley LowPlantation Hike - Dry SeasonDry Season Trees & HillsMtns & Clouds on Plantation Hike

4 responses

  1. Ms. E.

    What is that lovely tubular bell-shaped flower? Hope your meetings in Amsterdam go well.

    September 8, 2013 at 14:57

  2. Steve Dickman

    Panorama shots remind me of our hike in Topanga. They look a bit like SoCal at its greenest. Lovely.

    September 8, 2013 at 21:45

  3. Bill McCuskey

    Panoramas, yes! Safe journeys, Paul.

    September 9, 2013 at 08:53

  4. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, I hope everything in Amsterdam went well. It’s such an interesting city. And it was so fun being with you there last summer. I, too, vote for more panorama shots!

    September 15, 2013 at 03:10

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