Travel Photography :

July 7, 2011 :  In May Serga and I spent eleven days in Papua New Guinea.  It was a most arduous trip, for the country is immense. Besides Port Moresby, we flew up to Mt. Hagen, a hub in the Western Highlands.  From there we hopped down to the Krawari River, a tributary of the great Sepik River.  On the immense floodplain we floated for four days in the Middle Sepik, visiting fascinating villages with their Men’s Houses and Spirit Houses, known as Haus Tambarans.

We were next airlifted to the Western Highlands, near Mt. Ambua.  While the presence of guards with machetes at the ready was not reassuring, we enjoyed seeing the fierce Huli tribesmen with their hair wigs.  We saw many dance performances while traveling up and down the developing Route One, which links heretofore isolated areas and villages.

Finally, we returned by small aircraft to the Mt. Hagen area.    There, the highlight was the Tumbuna SingSing, where scores of tribal groups showed up in their warpaint, feathers and costumes.   It was a visually fantastic show which Serga and I tried to capture.  A few of our portraits are included in the PNG slideshow.

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Previously we posted photographs solely of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.  We have rounded out Namibia by adding animals “digitally captured” at the Etosha Pan, a vast floodplain near the Angola border.  These supplement those in our “South African Wildlife” segment.

The immense dunes at Sossuvlei also appear.  This row of orange sand dunes is thought to have been blown from South Africa in geological time.   Winds must have been helatious for all exposed boulders display sculptural effects of intensive and dramatic sandblasting.

We include yet more photographs from the air, for the Namib desert is amazing in its ferocity.  Reputed to be the oldest desert on our little planet, its formations certainly arouse geological speculations.

Next round, we will post photographs from Botswana.  Already we are working on the Okovango Delta at flood stage– beyond Maun.  A recommendation — In case you get a chance, don’t miss the breathtaking movie : “The Last Lion,” shot by masters in the same region.

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As promised, here are a few pictures from Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.  Any hapless mariner, unfortunate enough to be shipwrecked on this merciless Atlantic shore, soon turned into a set of bleached bones.  Hence it’s name.

It is the fiercest desert I have ever encountered.  I began, at age ten, running around the sands which surround Giza’s Pyramids, and soon graduated to the stony  Eastern Desert around Helwan.  Eventually I meandered through Arizona’s Mojave Desert, California’s Death Valley and the Thor Desert of Rajasthan, etc., etc.  None of these hold a candle to the ferocity of the Namib, touted as the Earth’s oldest “wasteland.”

Hopefully, these pictures of Namibia  will serve as context for the Himba damsels.  Have you looked at those ?