Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Turtles on Pidgins

This post is for Laura who used to live in Rabaul and loved visiting Pidgin Island.

This is called Little Pidgin and yes there is a Big Pidgin. Last time we visited we found turtle scratchings and a turtle's nest just near the boat.

The mountains in the background are two of the volcanoes on the mainland and are called Tavurvur (active) and Mother (dormant).

20 comments:

CaBaCuRl said...

Is the active volcano the one that erupted a few years ago and caused so much mayhem? It looks such a peaceful place. "Foreign Correspondent", on Ch 2 last night, had a fascinating story on Mts Vesuvious and Stromboli, in Italy, and the liklihood of future eruptions.

Laura said...

Thanks so much Jules. Honestly, your photos bring tears to my eyes. I just love that place so much - I was so lucky to grow up there - my childhood was spent up a tree or in the sea! LOL! I went diving off the Pidgins with Steve when I was up last Sept - I had forgotten just how beautiful the reef was - I didn't know where to look first; turtles, sharks, huge schools of barracuda or, Steve's favourite, the fluorescent, fluffy little nudibranchs.

This will be my last comment for a while - I get packed out tomorrow and fly out next week to Beijing. I'll catch up soon with some news as an expat again.

Kate said...

Jules, This is a lovely scene. Looks pretty peaceful.

Curly said...

Jules, this is a very serene scene, quite nice, and I bet it's pretty warm too.

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Jules said...

cabacurl - yes this one and another across the bay called Vulcan. I missed the program but we live under the constant threat of eruptions. we had a big one last october - see July 4 post - wasn't pleasant!!!!

Laura - all the best with the move. Keep in touch!!!!

kate & curly - yes it is as nice and as warm as it looks. It is also surrounded by fabulous corals and fish too!!!!

dr. filomena said...

Just watched a documentary on New Guinea... this blog really makes me want to go visit :-) Thanks for sharing.

dr. filomena said...

PS jules can't wait for your macro shots... am sure you have plenty of worthy subjects around!

Rich said...

This is a really beautiful image. Thanks Jules. Very peaceful.

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Anonymous said...

love pidgin island so much.. always a great day when we go over.

very nice photo too.

erin xx.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very interesting photos and story behind the photo. These names played a big role in World War II and those areas must be filled with artifacts from that time. I have many times heard these names during the war years.

Maddie said...

I live in rabaul but am away at school and seeing home every day is so wonderful. I swim at that beach all the time when at home and I miss it so much. Great job

Jules said...

Hi Erin & Maddie - so glad these photos make home seem closer!!!

Abraham - yes these islands are full of amazing WWII sites and artifacts - stay tuned as I will have lots to post.

lv2scpbk said...

I can see why someone would want to go here. Looks beautiful.

Marie said...

Despite the threat of eruptions this seems to be paradise on earth!

Jilly said...

How beautiful is this! Looks live heaven to me and your placement of that boat is the work of an artist!

M.Benaut said...

No matter what others say, I think I shall simply take up residence around about here and stay for the long haul. you couldn't get better than this, anywhere.

Ann said...

Now there's a nice uncrowded beach! :) Are the beaches usually that empty?

Steve G said...

That looks like an idea place for a quiet vacation.

Mme Benaut said...

Beautiful Jules and the red boat sets off the scene. The mountains are stunning as a backdrop.

Jules said...

Thanks you all for your comments.
Yes if you get off the mainland it is just usually you and the beach. When you go out on the boat it is as if you are the only people on the planet.
The beach in front of my place has people on it on the wekends but we walk on the beach every sunset - be prepared for lots of sunset posts - and it is usually very quiet.
You are all invited to stay!!!