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As a fisherman waits patiently for the fish to bite, Tarvurvur belches ash and pumice into the twilight.

 

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Sun rising behind erupting Tavuvur volcano, Rabaul, PNG

Tavurvur Volcano, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

 

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Rice, being dried prior to milling in Arabam village.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

Kokopo Beach- picture donated by Conroy during the Snax Tigers game there.

Arabica coffee beans drying in Arabam, East New Britain.

 

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It was my first visit of a market on the islands. I could clearly see and feel that there is no problem about security. There were some cops in front of the market, in their big 4 wheels, they were eating ice cream!

The market sells fruits, vegetable, and mainly betel nuts...

East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea.

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Miss Anna. I asked what meant the tatoo on her head, she replied it is a W, like Western Province.

East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea.

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Coffee beans about to be skinned in East New Britain’s Arabam village.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

Mt Tavurvur, an active volcano in Rabaul, East New Britain.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

16.9.2013

 

Ai confini del mondo! Se la Terra avesse un interruttore on/off, forse questo sarebbe il suo aspetto!

Il #Tavurvur è uno dei tanti #vulcani attivi della #PapuaNuovaGuinea (o meglio è uno stratovulcano) ed è anche uno dei più pericolosi. Sorge sulla costa nord orientale dell’isola di #NewBritain. Il vulcano, alto 688 mt, è sorto all'interno della caldera di #Rabaul, che è anche il nome della vicina cittadina di 4 mila abitanti distrutta nel 1994 da una violenta eruzione, che costrinse le popolazione della regione ad abbandonare completamente la città e a spostare la capitale della regione a Kokopo. Accanto al Tavurvur si erge in netto contrasto l’inattivo “fratello gemello”, il Monte #Turangan.

La Papua Nuova Guinea è una terra selvaggia, incontaminata e variegata da sempre attira folte schiere di esploratori, antropologi e viaggiatori. È un paese dove l'industria del turismo sta ancora muovendo i primi passi. Per raggiungere queste terre è necessario un lungo volo – in genere si passa per l'Australia, ma ci sono collegamenti diretti anche con Singapore, Manila, isole Salomone, Indonesia e Guam. Miglior periodo per visitarla: da dicembre a marzo (stagione secca).

Un po’ di #Storia: La Papua Nuova Guinea è uno stato indipendente dell'Oceania nell'ambito del #Commonwealth dal 16 settembre 1975. Nelle celebrazioni dell’anniversario dell'indipendenza si tengono cerimonie in tutta la nazione ed è ottima occasione per assistere ai #SingSing, danze e cerimonie tradizionali.

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These firedancers belong to a Papua New Guinean tribe known as the Baining. They live on the northeastern tip of the island of New Britain which is found off the west coast of Papua New Guinea.

 

The Baining tribes get their name from the Baining mountains which they inhabit. Their language is also called Baining of which their are a few different dialects. It is thought that the Baining people may have inhabited this area for thousands of years.

 

The Baining are somewhat of an of an oddity amongst Melanesian cultures because they create art forms that have a very ephemeral existence. The mask you see in the picture above is laboriously made from bark cloth, bamboo and leaves and used just once for the firedance ceremony before being thrown away or destroyed.

 

The origin of these firedance ceremonies was to celebrate the birth of new children; the commencement of harvests and also a way of remembering the dead. The Baining firedance is also a right of passage for initiating young men into adulthood. The fire dance is a totally male event and traditionally the Baining women and children do not take part in it or even watch it.

Mt Tavurvur in Rabaul, East New Britain.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

Vue sur la Baie de Rabaul, une ville qui a été totalement détruite par le volcan que vous voyez ici (le Tavurvur). Cette baie est réputée pour être l'une des plus belles du monde, et Rabaul qui n'est aujourd'hui qu'un champs de ruines et de cendre a longtemps été surnommée la plus belle ville du Pacifique. La photo a été prise depuis Kokopo, la ville qui remplace Rabaul, à quelques kilomètres de l'ancienne capitale. Nouvelle Bretagne, archipel Bismarck, Papua New Guinea.

Rabaul's bay, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Before being destroyed by this smoking volcano in 1994, the town was considered "the prettiest town of the Pacific". This picture was taken from Kokopo, the new administrative center of the region, few kilometers away from Rabaul.

New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea.

Volcanic dust creating distinctive orange glow for sunset at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Freshly picked coffee beans in Arabam, East New Britain.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

Moringa is becoming a lucrative crop for farmers in East New Britain.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: :copyright:Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)

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