Pikininis at play

In anticipation of our up and coming trip to West Papua I thought I would dig out some Pikinini portraits from last years trip.

I just love seeing how simply these kids amuse themselves and how they want for nothing. Amusement comes from simple games like a joint carry of a mate, or a swim in the shady lagoon.

Never do you hear the children demanding anything…always you see a smile on their faces.

I think in some ways our society has lost its way in many ways and we could definitely take a leaf out of how these societies operate!

I can’t wait to get more portraits like these showing simple pleasures and amusements next week!

PNG playful dolphins

I am sifting through various True North images at the moment for marketing purposes and found this shot of some playful Dolphins in the Duke of York Islands. The Rabaul volcano is off in the distance which gives an air of mystery, together with the beautiful calm waters this region often serves up for us.

Every time I have been to the Duke of Yorks, these performing Dolphins are regular performers, getting their daily kicks by surfing the wake of the tenders as we cruise around on various adventures.

I never tire of watching the speed and grace of Dolphins at play, often wishing I could dive in and join them!

Jacquinot Bay water fall and ‘here’s lookin at ya’!

The top image is for Sean from yesterday’s comment on my blog as he was asking to see more of the waterfall at Jacquinot Bay in PNG. This shot was taken right next to the waterfall that flows out of the mountain side with freezing cold fresh water. As you can see it flows out to a sand bar and then around to the right where it flows out to sea.

It makes for a great water ride and many of the guests did a few runs floating down the river.

The bottom shot is of a Toucan pet at the Nusa surf village in Kevieng. This friendly little takka was all about and was constantly checking us out with those big eyes of his!

Mangrove Pikinini, Kevieng

Rick and I went for a wander around a small surf resort island near Kevieng which is where we do our swap out whilst the crew does the turn around on True North in readiness for the next set of guests, when we came across this little tacker playing in the mangroves.

The little fella was very content with just playing in the shallows in the shade of the mangroves and was oblivious to our arrival for a while whilst I took these initial shots.

The structure of the mangroves and the soft light coming into the area made for a sweet little capture…hope you like it!

Slow boat to the Duke of Yorks!

We passed this boat on the way to Rabaul for the volcano shoot early in the morning. We were there for a good couple of hours and then on the return we passed it again going back to True North and she was still chugging away at a very slow speed and as it turns out enroot to near where we were anchored on a weekly sortie to trade with a local village.

Man that was a slow boat…probably only doing 3 knots or so, but even though it was in one way a dog ugly boat, it also had a strange beauty to it as well!

I think what attracted my eye to it the most is that it was nothing like any other vessel i have ever seen and very unique in the slab sided way it was put together.

It certainly made for a good pic on the return journey home!

Who’s got it right?

After watching the PNG people going about their business over the last week, I am seriously starting to wonder who has it right for sure!

The photos above typify the mornings excursions for a PNG family. Running a net out can fish, spearing fish, gathering food and all by way of paddling themselves around in their dug out canoes.

On the previous post you can see the way they trade on a daily basis. So, if one tribe has an excess in bananas then they paddle up the way a bit to the tribe that has veges and they do the swap.

There is no stress about landing the next deal or GFC issues or anything like that…what is GFC they say when I asked a few if anything had changed for them!

The reality is that life goes on in PNG as it has for hundreds if not thousands of years and those who accept the simple way of life within the PNG culture, they are very happy.

Of course you do meet the more adventurous younger ones who want to see what is over the horizon and to get a job and earn money etc…but I seriously wonder why!

Luscernque Island and Jacquinot Bay waterfalls

Another action day in PNG today on True North. We arrived in Jacquinot Bay and were welcomed into a fantastic sing sing and show by the local school here.

Then over to a great waterfall just down the way for a very refreshing swim and interaction with some of the local elders and kids.

The elders and some of the kids were the best porters I have ever had. They insisted on carrying all of my kit and we went to both sides of the waterfall through some intense jungle. They were really interested in the process of compositions and keen to see the result and I must say that they were onto the various angles that worked!

The hunter in the second image was one of 2 brothers living on the beautiful and very remote Luscernque Islands. We dropped of a few fish for them and left them some rice.

If you look closely on the left hand side of the Luscernque Pano you can see the thatched hut that they were calling home for a few weeks. The fishing out there is very good which is the attraction to paddle over there from their home island which is a few islands further east.

We finished the day with another cracker dive and managed to play with a big turtle and had a 2.5 metre Bronze Whaler come into play as well.

Off to Rabaul tomorrow for some volcano action…whoohoo!