Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Volcano scenes

This industrious girl was selling beads at the volcano. She saw our car and ran almost a kilometre through the ash to be the first; the other children arrived as we were leaving. Her smile tells it all.


These bamboo poles bleached by the hot winds and ash from the volcano, look like a lonely sculpture.

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My good mate Susie has started a blog Rabaul Historical Society. It is a beauty and will be of special interest to the many ex-Rabaulites who visit me here. Take a look!!!

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Holiday here today - thank goodness!! Was able to have a sleep-in and will spend a quiet day unpacking my suitcase - which is still on the floor untouched!! Although I have to go to Morseby next week so maybe I should just leave it there.

22 comments:

Virginia said...

The portrait of the young girl is exceptional. Well done.

Marcel said...

Did you buy some of her beads? I tired the link but it did not open. I'm glad you got a little extra rest today.

Jules said...

Thanks Virginia - she is very photogenic isn't she?

Marcel - I just tried the link and it opened - maybe it was a temporary glitch??

Yes I always buy beads when I go there - I think it only fair.....and I enjoy the smiles it brings!!!!

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, her smile says it all....
An image to put a smile on the face of all who see it.

CaBaCuRl said...

Welcome home Jules...good to have you back in BlogLand again. Nah, don't unpack your bag...just walk around it for a day or so.

USelaine said...

You made a work of art of those poles, just by photographing them as you did. Volcanoes are just so fascinating.

So glad to see you back.

willywagtail said...

Thankyou for the link to Susie's blog. Cherrie

Julie said...

Selling beads, yet unadorned herself. A lovely portrait ...

dive said...

Cool, Jules.
A beautiful girl and an alien landscape.
Wonderful stuff.

Sally said...

Beautiful portrait, Jules.

Kelly said...

I agree, a beautiful portrait! The poles are haunting.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I was glad to read that you bought some beads. It must mean a lot to her and her family.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

alicesg said...

The photo of the girl is lovely and she has a beautiful smile. Wow, that's a whole lot of ash there. I will visit your friend's blog.

Old Wom Tigley said...

The young girl as natural beauty in her face.. her bone stucture is a delight.. Loved the bamboo poles.. they look like mine and Janes legs...

M.Benaut said...

Can't help seeing the difference in culture, in opportunities, in life, in futures, of kids in different countries and environments.
In my own 'backyard', in Oz, there would be shots to take like this. Today I caught a taxi. The driver was from Ethiopia. We got on like a house-on-fire; yet I'm sure his kids, back home were selling beads.
When a taxi driver makes $8 an hour, you feel humbled. But, it's a fortune compared with selling beads. I'll sleep on this one, - somehow ?

Thanks for the jolt. I guess behind every nice photo, there's a story to tell.

Katie said...

Welcome home Jules! I've missed your wonderful photos and commentary. These photos are amazing; you capture people and places so well. Can't wait to see more!

Lawstude said...

the smile on her face reminds me of the positive attitude of my countrymen who were also affected by volcano eruption some time ago.
just rise above adversities.

you captured the place perfectly jules.

have a pleasant day and thank you for also visiting my blog.

jenan said...

A belated welcome back! And thanks for the link to Susie's blog.

Hilda said...

Running through ash sounds difficult! But her smile is beautiful.

I'm glad you got some rest. But traveling again so soon? I hope it's not too far.

Donna said...

Such a beautiful smile has she!!! Great pictures sweetie!hughugs

Neva said...

I am so glad to see you back! and I am going on vacation on Saturday for a week...it will be while for me to catch up as I will have not internet...I can obviously post before I go but can't respond...hope your vacation was wonderful...and all that ash....must be hard to stay clean isn't it? I think of you when I see this bugs around here and console myself that they are nowhere near as big as the ones you live with!!!!

peter sumagang said...

we saw the beautiful volcano with ashes during that day,(july 30,2008)we were their at Rabaul Golf Range, with Ghass the PNG Nat'l Golf player who was practicing for his Singapore competition this month.it's a very nice place, with friendly people.