Not sure how well this one is going to work - haven't downloaded a Panorama before... lets me know what you think, you may have to view large to get the big picture eh? This is 3 photos stitched together and yeah you can see some changes in light but meh, I kinda like how this one panned out!
For those who have read some of my previous posts which talk about geography of PNG, here's another brief (use that term loosely) lesson. New Guinea (the whole Island) is shaped like a Dragon, it has a little head, smallish shoulders, a Big Fat Arse and then a tail, that is looking at it from left to right. The Fat Arse and tail is the Papua New Guinea bit. Running all the way along the middle is huge mountains and they gradually taper off along the tail. The bit along the tail is called the Owen Stanley Range, and Sogeri (behind me in this photo) is as far as you can drive up and into the Owen Stanley Range, from Port Moresby. So right down that valley and off to the left is the capital city of Port Moresby.
Just off to the left you can see the snake road that winds its way up to this point, the Rouna Lookout, the snake road was there before the war so that Plantation and Cattle owners could get their produce to the wharfs, but it was during the war that the road was developed. On that left hand side just around the corner is the Varirata Escarpment where we saw Robert and his big Gun from the B-24 Bomber crashsite.
Over on the right is Hombrum's Bluff, local legend story says that a handful of Japanese Troops made it that far in their push across the Kokoda Track, but who knows? They definitely made it to Ioribaiwa Ridge, we know that much. To my right out of view is the Rouna Falls and Hydroelectric Powerstation, providing Moresbians with power and water... sometimes.
One time, me and a friend walked up that point right at the end of Hombrum's Bluff there, the track was so steep and skinny and perilous that our guides said "one way track only", and that meant only up. To get down we then walked all the way along that ridge on the right to the point where I took this photo (or close behind here). It is 11kms along that ridge. From this point, some nice Policemen offered us a lift back to my friend's vehicle, back down in the valley below. Didn't the locals love it to see two white guys in the back of a Police Car! Especially the girls playing Volleyball at 17-mile. That gets me singing a song...
"Ox and Palm, Ox and Palm, Ox and Palm...." but I digress...
Hopefully this panorama works. Photo taken in February, 2006 at Rouna Falls Lookout, near Sogeri, CP. Title reads: Sogeri and the Snake Road.