Northern Coast & Central Highlands … from the Air

Madang Volccanic Islet

I increasingly take in, on a personal, intimate and frankly emotional level, that these magnificent and challenging two years of working and living in this vast and varied land which is fabled in the annals of anthropology, botany, zoology, history, linguistics, diving, and so many other areas…well, these two years are truly winding down. In three weeks I should be on an airplane somewhere over Australia, having left PNG for the last time. Today, I’ve just flown back into PNG, for the last time, from a trip to Honiara. Honiara is situated on Guadalcanal, a name which echoes for many students of 20th century world history.

Coastal Bay and Clouds

I feel a mixture of sadness, pride, and weariness along with both anticipatory and actual nostalgia. (After all, having been here two years and having flown into and out of the POM airport dozens of times, it’s easy to get lost in memories of this trip to that place, or that conversation with this person, almost any time I find myself at either the domestic or the international terminal.)  It’s certainly been two years full of purpose and hard work, and I admit to being ready for a bit of a rest.

Coastal Sedimentation

Look in these pages, over the coming months, for scenes of me at rest in my beloved coastal California home(s), and various other spots around North America. Before I get there I’ll visit some friends in Europe, so we might reflect some early spring landscapes from a few parts of that far-away land… But for now, as I realize the load of unsorted photos grows ever larger, I’ve decided to get a few more up for those of you who find shots of coastlines and cities from the air as fascinating as I do. I deeply hope that I’m not alone in staring avidly out the window much of the time I find myself on any airplane flying through blue skies, even after all these years and flights. Hope you enjoy: they all have names which say what they are; and these are all from the recent trip from POM up to, and back down from, Wewak on the northwestern coast of the country.

Madang Coastal Islets Madang Harbor View …below (if this lays out right) is clearly one of the larger cities in the Highlands, and if I’d been around that part of the country other than just Tari and environs, I might know which one, but I suspect it’s either Mt Hagen, or Goroka. My guess is Goroka, given the route the airplane seemed to be taking, but what do I know? 
Prob Goroka or Hagen

Prob Sepik River from Air Sepik Estuary qmark Wewak Coastline
Wewak Coastal Peninsula

Wewak Coastal Islands

6 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, nice shots, as always! It certainly is a pretty country! We’re all looking forward to seeing you here in North America in the not-too-distant future! Safe travels!

    February 22, 2014 at 22:28

  2. Kenya

    Hi Paul,

    I see my birthday buddy is busy with his camera, etc. Thanks so much for the pictures and thoughts. It is so revealing when one realizes that a place can have both pull on one, and also take one to the point of wanting to leave. Just as in some relationships. I, too, look forward to seeing you in NJ, soon. Be safe! Kenya

    February 22, 2014 at 23:55

    • OHMYGOD, Kenya, what kind of relationships have you been in?! 🙂 And here I thought everything in life except watermelon and mango was about push-pull!

      See you in April! hugs – pb

      February 23, 2014 at 06:55

  3. It seems that your cheek-and-nose DNA graces many more plane windows than mine, though just due to unequal opportunity. What a joy to see these coastlines! Thanks! (For locating your shots, it might be that your camera has a GPS option–my little toy one does.) See you soon! mbhb

    February 23, 2014 at 00:24

    • Hey Ria, so glad you enjoyed it. Yeah: I swear, the Pacific is so big, and there’s so much to look at out here. There’s more to come soon. Yup, I usually pull out a handkerchief and wipe off the windows before I start leaning into them. 🙂 Hugs – Paul

      February 23, 2014 at 06:56

  4. Scot


    February 24, 2014 at 00:40

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