Jessie na yumi go wokabaut na go antap long Erima

I mentioned earlier in the year that the green hills around Port Moresby will eventually dry up and the locals would set fire to them, to leave the hills charred and stony.

Here we see a friend of mine amongst the charred rocks and grass, it made for a dirty and dusty climb up to the top of Mt Erima, but the view from on top was still rewarding despite the blackened hills.

Jessie was a security guard but fell upon some issues with his second wife, and had to flee Port Moresby. I don't know where he went, perhaps back home to the Sepik, perhaps to another corner of Papua New Guinea?

Photo taken 6 July 2008. Title reads: Jessie and us go for a walk to the top of Erima.
Not much use for his bush knife in that bit of scorched earth. Too bad he had to make for parts unknown because of domestic issues. Seems there's more of a story there to be told, the old he said, she said, truth trilogy.
posted July 15th, 2012  
@robv - the bushknife was for the Southern Highlanders that have settled on the slopes of Erima.
posted July 15th, 2012  
Yikes! Well that certainly heightens ones sense of adventure when on a walk about. And I thought the local Mountain Lions and Bears where enough of an "Oh My"! Just read this story, sobering. http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120713/NEWS02/120719914
posted July 15th, 2012  
@robv - yup, the Cannibals of Bogia have even knocked politics off the front page of the local newspapers.
posted July 15th, 2012  
Nice portrait. . . that's a huge knife
posted July 16th, 2012  
Good portrait. My eyes were drawn to the bushknife. What is the reasoning for burning the hill side. Here, people burn the prairie lands and some crop lands and some pasture lands to kill off the weeds and to encourage plant & native plant growth. It works!
posted July 16th, 2012  
Crocodile Dundee eat your heart out !!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted July 16th, 2012  
Great shot Jason - will look good when it grows back!!
posted July 16th, 2012  
@kimmistephens @daisy @debsulzberger - That is quite some knife, but most PNGeans carry them on a day to day basis. The burning now is out of boredom, but some will use it as an excuse to clear some hillside to plant a crop, perhaps corn or peanuts. But some burn off in the dry season in the hope that the clouds of smoke will bring rain...
posted July 16th, 2012  
@michelle58 - kinda, except it needs rain to do that and the wet seasons first rains cause erosion.... its a kinda daft idea really.
posted July 16th, 2012  
That's a big knife.
posted July 16th, 2012  
This is a knife...it certainly is.
posted July 16th, 2012  
cool!
posted July 16th, 2012  
@kjarn @swilde - par for the course really...

@houdiniem - in a hot, dry and sunny kinda way... yeah.
posted July 16th, 2012  
Lyn
wow. . .wondering if he had bushwhacked his way to where he is!
posted July 18th, 2012  
@lyno - not really, not a lot of grass left at this time of year... the bushknife was for the locals who live there.
posted July 19th, 2012  
That sounds really drastic.... (his fleeing, not the burning)
posted August 26th, 2012  
@hellcat - the whole multiple wives issue in parts of PNG mean that it is easy for men to disappear and start afresh somewhere else, leaving family stranded somewhere. Its pretty rude really.... they rarely accept responsibility.
posted August 26th, 2012  
That's too bad.... Anywhere that it happens. :(
posted August 27th, 2012  
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