We’re Not Finished With Nob Nob Mountain

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I didn’t have enough space a few days ago to show the remaining images from my last trip up Nob Nob Mountain. I’m usually the one assigned to haul visitors up there so that they can have a village experience and look down at the beautiful Madang coastline. Let me tell you, aside from the somewhat scary ride, it certainly beats slaving away in the office. It also never fails to feed my camera some tasty treats.

Here is a view to the west from Guntabag, where my old friend Tagtap lives with his family:

View from Nob Nob Mountain showing gardensThe brownish patches are gardens. Slash and burn agriculture is practiced heavily here because it’s the only way the people can feed themselves. Unfortunately, the population pressure will soon make this method unsustainable. Increased incidences of land slides and severe flooding are a direct result of the disturbance of the thin tropical topsoil by agricultural methods and timber cutting.

Here is a very nasty image of the Madang wharf taken with my Olympus SP-590UZ in the hazy afternoon at least five kilometres away at full (26x) optical zoom:View of Madang Wharf from Nob Nob Mountain with Olympus SP-590UZ (original)

Unless you’re a spook looking for secrets, it’s useless as a photograph. Still, why waste pixels:View of Madang Wharf from Nob Nob Mountain with Olympus SP-590UZ (post-Photoshop)

A few minutes with Photoshop gave me a pretty image.

Here is a scary spider:

Spider at Nob Nob Mountain

The wavy background is a corrugated iron water tank, in case you’re wondering. I enjoy photographing spiders. There are so many different species here that I’ll never run out of new ones. Most of them are fairly large, so I can get very detailed images of them with my cheap cameras. I don’t have to spend a fortune on a DSLR and an expensive macro lens.

You would not think that this image would be difficult to get. That is, until you realise that these are African Tulip tree blossoms and they are growing about twenty to thirty metres up on top of the tree. So, how did I get the shot:

Blossoms on African Tulip tree at Nob Nob Mountain

Well, it wasn’t by climbing up in the tree. I’m not averse to risk to get a shot, but I’m not suicidal. I was standing on top of the mountain shooting down at the top of the tree.

There are all sorts of crazy looking plants here. I don’t know what it is about the tropics that gives plants the idea that they don’t have to be green. Whatever it is, I like it:

Colourful leaf at Nob Nog Mountain

What’s with those colours, eh? Personally, I take it that Someone  has quite a sense of humour.

Speaking of colours, have a look at this outrageous rooster:

A colourful rooster at Nob Nob Mountain

If I were a rooster, I’d want to look like that!  This dude shows his lineage back to the Wild Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)  which is believed to be the direct ancestor of all domestic chickens.

I feel a long bush-walk coming on. I lost both of my big toenails as a result of bad-fitting shoes on the last one. This time I’m going barefoot!

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3 Responses to “We’re Not Finished With Nob Nob Mountain”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Those African Tulips are amazing…a tulip that’s grows 20 to 30 meters tall? Whoa, dont’ tell the Dutch!

    Your mention of the Wild Red Junglefowl reminded me of research I did on chickens — yes, I actually did an “extreme science” on chickens! It was on some wild-looking hybrids, to explain basic heredity — and was amazed to discover that chickens were domesticated in Vietnam over 10,000 years ago, even earlier than in India, where most people say domesticated chickens began.

    Also, enjoyed “Today’s Invertebrates” post a lot.

  2. pvaldes Says:

    Hi,

    Your false taro is a cultivar of Elephant ear (Caladium bicolor) from South America.

    And the spider is an interesting golden silk spider from genus Nephila. I’m not sure about the species yet, but I”ll do a little research about this. You have other beautiful picture of a Nephila here, (maybe a different species?).

    http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/2009/09/28/spiders-a-hazardous-crab-and-a-pesky-butterfly/

  3. MadDog Says:

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