Lea Lea Sol Wara

I think my favourite of all Papua New Guinean Tok Pisin phrases is "Sol Wara" or Salt Water. I like to think of it as Soul Water and the ocean plays such a major part in the lives of coastal Melanesians, and their oceans and seas are gorgeous.

I asked a friend at Lea Lea Village if he could take me out to one of the islands nearby and he said yes, so on the day I show up, one of his sons comes to greet me to tell me that his brother died of Malaria only the day before and the Father and the family were at the hauscrai and that the boat trip was off.

I understood.

After the hauscrai finished, my friend, the Father got in touch with me. Time to go to the Island. In the Banana Boat we climbed and off we went. We cruised along the coast and then took a shortcut through the mangroves, winding weaving in and out of tight corners in shallow water we moved from dark mangrove canopy to bright sunlight and back to the darkness. Just sitting in the Banana Boat cruising along.

Every now and then, the fuel line would suck in some air and the engine would stall. So we would silently sit amongst the Mangroves and the Mosquitos and would suck a bit of fuel back into the fuel line and get the engine going again. Off we would go.

After 2 hours of so we arrived here at this sandy beach. We sat around out of the hot sun in a shady spot and talked about life, death, and the future of Papua New Guinea.

Photo taken 4 May on an island near Lea Lea, CP. Title reads: Lea Lea Salt Water.
Folks you have GOT to see this big!! Just beautiful, Jason... another big Fave! :)
posted May 4th, 2012  
Great image and excellent story.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Loooovely!
posted May 4th, 2012  
@filsie65 - Hey that does look good big Phil! Thank you :D

@tonydebont @lluniau - Ooooooh thank you Tony and thank you Elin :)
posted May 4th, 2012  
So beautiful- would love to be there right now.
posted May 4th, 2012  
What a wonderfully calming commentary and this is such a beautiful place. You have certainly had some amazing experiences Jason. I hope this little piece of heaven can survive. fave for me.
posted May 4th, 2012  
ahhh....I can feel the sun on my face...very nice
posted May 4th, 2012  
This is such a very quiet shot Jason. The commentary backs this up
posted May 4th, 2012  
I want to go to there..... beautiful
posted May 4th, 2012  
@karo - it was a lovely isolated spot... very peaceful.

@Cherrill - Thank you Cherrill, it is a little spot of paradise. I think it was good for the Father to head out and relax for a few hours.

@helenw2 - Oh it is such a warm sun in Melanesia.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Awesome shot your composition is perfect and the story is great. You have such a way with words.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Love your PNG series, Jason. Facinating people and magic part of the earth! Like the Tok Pisin translations at the end of every photo also. Lookim Yu!
posted May 4th, 2012  
such a beautiful panorama shot
posted May 4th, 2012  
@filsie65
I agree, deserves to be looked at big.
Beautiful shot Jason, really like the blues in the sky and the ocean.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Beautiful unspoilt scenery. Lovely photo.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Looks like a travel poster. wish I was there.
posted May 4th, 2012  
@swilde - Thank you Sue, thank you. It was a sombre journey.

@wrighty - It was beautiful. Sobering but beautiful!

@hollandcrew - Thank you Al, I appreciate it.

@asutherland1964 - Hey Lukim yu sampela taim Andrew!! Tenkyu tru wantok bilong mi.

@nattybabe - just a single shot cropped... but thank you Nattybabe!

@onie - dem's Olympus blues....

@mejbronant @tigerdreamer - Thank you gorgeous Ladies :)
posted May 4th, 2012  
Wonderful water!
posted May 4th, 2012  
@httpgeffed - Sol Wara!
posted May 4th, 2012  
Beautiful blues
posted May 4th, 2012  
Stunningly beautiful view
posted May 4th, 2012  
@bobfoto
Well you have shown me yours....I shall show you mine in a few days time.......
posted May 4th, 2012  
This is just amazing! I want to go there now! I love the grassy-moss stuff on the rocks.=)
posted May 4th, 2012  
A great looking spot to put the world to rights.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Great shot and lovely story, PNG will definitely be my next destination!!
posted May 4th, 2012  
Would love to be there right now, looks like a fantastic place. Beautiful colors and composition, well done Jason =)
posted May 4th, 2012  
I absolutely love the serenity of this. Oh, how I would love to be on that beach right now! fav.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Definitely worth the trek. That's beautiful. Wow.
posted May 4th, 2012  
I'll go get my cossie....
posted May 4th, 2012  
Oh wow... thats seriously beautiful.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Wonderful view. A great place to sit and talk about serious subjects while being reminded of how ephemeral and small our concerns are when compared to the bigger picture right there in front of you.
posted May 4th, 2012  
Beautiful ...
posted May 4th, 2012  
@nikond40x @alia_801 - Thank you Rhonda and Alia :)

@onie - oky doky.

@ashleycampbell9 - some of those green things are Mangrove Trees.

@scottkaway - I think it was a good day for all.

@leananiemand - You will spend a few days in one of these boats. Roads are few and far between in PNG, although I have heard of 2 cyclists who attempted to cycle through PNG to get from Indonesia to Australia. In theory it would work, but in regards to personal safety? There are some cool cycling stories to be had though, Kavieng to Namatanai on New Ireland comes recommended, I hear Buka to Kieta on the island of Bougainville is rewarding. I know of a group of guys who rode from Buna (north coast) to Kokoda, put their bikes on a plane, they then walked the Kokoda Track and met their bikes again at Sogeri and then rode into Port Moresby (south coast).

In theory, on the main island of New Guinea, you could land in Jayapura, Indonesia, cycle across to Vanimo in PNG, then get a boat along the coast to Madang, then cycle to Lae, and then brave the Raskols on the Highlands Highway to Tari, then head south with permission from the Mining Company Oil Search Ltd through Kutubu and down to Kerema, here you could boat down to Bereina and then brave the Raskols into Port Moresby on the Hiritano Highway. Or to avoid Lae and the worst part of the Highlands Highway, you could ride up the old Bundi Highway from Madang, but we are talking about a road that climbs from sea level to 3,600m and is no longer road worthy for vehicles, it is only a road in name, but a Mountain Biker with guns of steel could climb it. I have always wanted to ride down it!

@tanja_1211 - Thank you Tanja :)

@cristina3611 - It was a lovely beach, nice and clean, which is a change for PNG.

@kareen - Thank you Kareen :)

@houdiniem - whoo whooo!

@michelleyoung - Thanks Michelle, Redscar Bay is the name of the water here, I believe...
posted May 4th, 2012  
@robv - A perfect country for such conundrums. Life has an interesting balance in PNG. I can see why Jared Diamond spent some time in country and why Tim Flannery kept on returning.
posted May 5th, 2012  
@michelle58 - Thank you Michelle :)
posted May 5th, 2012  
Beautiful!
posted May 5th, 2012  
Stunning
posted May 5th, 2012  
Love the blue, terrific composition. Beautiful image
posted May 5th, 2012  
you amaze me and inspire me with your photos and stories. this is so very very very beautiful. and thank you for all of your comments on my photos, they mean a lot to me sir
posted May 5th, 2012  
@beckys @pennymilner @wenbow @luvthyclassics - Thank you Becky, thank you Penny, thank you Wendy and thank you Jesse (I hope your finals are going okay... every day is another tick and another day closer to summer.)
posted May 5th, 2012  
PS I've looked back on this often, and think it's about as close to a ten as you're ever going to get. I could say it's my favourite yet.
Guess from now on I'll have to mark out of 20. (!) :)
posted May 5th, 2012  
@filsie65 - well then 10/20 would barely be a passmark. I would be interested to see what you think about this coming Tuesday's photo.
posted May 5th, 2012  
@bobfoto I think you're being modest and already knew this was ten out of ten. :) Now that you've attained that I can't let you rest so had better start scoring out of 20. Bring on Tuesday!!
posted May 5th, 2012  
@filsie65 - I've just had another look at the full sized Tuesday shot... very nice indeed ;)
posted May 6th, 2012  
It looks like paradise!
posted May 6th, 2012  
@hellcat - I really should talk to the PNG Tourism board...
posted May 6th, 2012  
You should! ;)
posted May 6th, 2012  
Mel
Beautiful!
posted May 6th, 2012  
@emjay8 - Thanks Mel. :)
posted May 6th, 2012  
Wow, so beautiful!
posted May 8th, 2012  
@zferrie - Thank you Zoe.
posted May 8th, 2012  
So blue....i luv the clarity. What a journey you were on jason....completly amazing.
posted May 8th, 2012  
I was just reading this article on BBC news.. thought you may find it interesting.. or mybe you wont lol.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17992053
posted May 9th, 2012  
@kdimagery - Thank you Kd, I reckon seeing how much you liked Mexico, you would probably enjoy PNG to an extent.
posted May 9th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - Thank you Michelle, that was an interesting read. I did get to Manus once, saw plenty of stuff the US left behind but no snakes...
posted May 9th, 2012  
:) welcome
posted May 9th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL, to an extent.
posted May 9th, 2012  
i want so much to be there just right NOW! :)
posted May 10th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - I can draw you a map if you want?
posted May 10th, 2012  
This is beautiful. The colours are amazing and it looks great enlarged.
posted May 17th, 2012  
@kjarn - Oh thanks Kathy, cheers.
posted May 17th, 2012  
The Island is called Varivara Island, about 100 metres of the shores of a small rocky Island called Kido - which you passed on your way out of the mangroves passage :) beautiful indeed
posted January 31st, 2014  
@tiiziie - Tenkyu tru Tiiziie :)
posted January 31st, 2014  
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