Burns Peak pikininis by bobfoto

Burns Peak pikininis

This is one of the photographs that inspired me to do my Year 2 366 Project Retrospective Edition.

Burn's Peak is a small hill that divides Port Moresby from its beautiful harbour and the rest that is Moresby. When I first got to Papua New Guinea I kept dreaming of one day climbing that peak and getting a few snapshots of the view. But at this point in time, it still remained elusive.

A friend of mine came over in his Ute and he said "Surely there is a road up there, there are telcom towers and stuff, surely maintenance guys need to get up there!"

He was right, there was a road, and it went through the notorious "Rifle Range Settlement". It was Saturday afternoon, we had some beers, we thought what could go wrong?

Well to start with, once you enter the Settlement (which I had not been in a settlement up until this point of time) there are no road signs telling you "Burns Peak this way", so we drove slowly on some shitty roads looking lost and hopeless and well, looking like targets.

Ooops.

I said to my friend "when in doubt, kids will save us" so we stopped the car and I asked the young girl (in the back of the shot) "how do we drive up Burns Peak?" and she replied that we were on the wrong road and that she would show us the way. I said "Is that your mum?" pointing to a lady over yonder and she said "yup"

So I spoke to mum and said that her daughter was going to show us the way to Burns Peak and that we really wanted to go up there for some work and stuff on the Towers. Mum said it was ok as long as the other kids climbed into the tray of the Ute and came along. It would seem that none of the kids had been up there either, and we had a Ute! Beats walking any day.

So around 30 kids piled in. In the cabin, at least 8 joined us and easily 22 jumped into the tray. Off we went, all the kids really excited and laughing and screaming and punching each other and just going off their tits!

We slowly motored up and got to the top. All the kids jumped up and ran around and laughed and screamed and punched each other. We chatted to the Security Guards up the top and they were the fathers of some of the kids. They said it was a great idea bringing the children up here because they had never been there before and this was a new experience for them.

Well every kid wanted his or her photo taken on top of the hill.

The beers I drank before we left home gave me a warm fuzzy feeling... seeing the pure joy on these kids made me feel quite drunk indeed. Their laughter and joy was infectious, and as the sun slowly sank, we said we had to go back before it was dark, and we all drove back down the hill. When we got back to "Rifle Range Settlement" we were met by each and every mother of the children. They could see the joy in the faces of the kids and the mothers shook our hands and said thank you. We even scored a bilum from one of the ladies as a gift.

And I always wondered why we were told not to enter the settlements???

Photo taken with the little old point and shoot back on 12 August 2006.
What a lovely story and what a great bunch of kids. Whilst "listening to the locals" is a good maxim if you are new in a place, fear of places like the settlements is often caused by "stories" rather than reality. I can see you were glad you went!
August 22nd, 2012  
I can see why, such a joyous shot
August 22nd, 2012  
Brilliant story! Love that huge smile too! :)
August 22nd, 2012  
I knew when this photo appeared that I would be in for a good story! I think you were very good allowing all these kids on board! Love the thumbs up!
August 22nd, 2012  
I have been to Fiji, Cook Islands and Vanuatu and I have dozens of photos like this, they always make me smile and take me back :)
Awesome!
August 22nd, 2012  
Loving those megawat smiles
August 22nd, 2012  
TC
I can hear the laughter! Wonderful shot and story!!
August 22nd, 2012  
Such a lovely happy picture. Superb.
August 22nd, 2012  
fantastic day, fantastic shot. brilliant.
August 22nd, 2012  
@kandernob - Thanks Karen :)
August 22nd, 2012  
@judithdeacon - yeah but some of the stories are pretty hardcore....

@houdiniem - :D

@alia_801 - Thanks Alia :)

@maggiemae - Oh and they loved the expedition!

@monika64 - I know that feeling!

@pennymilner - Indeed, Megamassive smiles!

@tctime - Thanks TC, thank you.

@dalboy - Cheers Graeme!
August 22nd, 2012  
So much happiness. Cool shot
August 22nd, 2012  
Cheers Abhijit!
August 22nd, 2012  
Always such amazing stories to go along with your photos. I love that big toothy smile with the tongue hanging out!
August 22nd, 2012  
@worldbiking - He was a happy lad! Thanks Amaya :)
August 22nd, 2012  
What a great capture of pure joy. And a fun and exciting adventure for all to go with it. Kids almost always make thing a bit more exciting. :)
August 22nd, 2012  
Perfect capture of joy - and your 600th!
August 22nd, 2012  
What a Wonderful and Happy Shot!
August 22nd, 2012  
Can't help but smile when I see this picture. Contagious smiles!
August 22nd, 2012  
Wonderful joyous smiles
August 22nd, 2012  
Wonderful story (as always) and an amazing capture to bring it totally to life.
August 22nd, 2012  
@geocacheking @tonydebont - Thanks Guys!

@angeliquenordal @tthompsonca @tigerdreamer - Great smiles indeed! :D Thanks Ladies.

@archaeofrog - My 600th - wow, oh cool :D
August 22nd, 2012  
Awwwww Jason this is such alovely story :) made my heart all warm n squishy :) I am really glad that you decided to do your second year this way, its unique for a start and I have loved your story telling.
August 22nd, 2012  
Such a joyous picture. Love their smiles and your story
August 22nd, 2012  
Lovely story and photo. Love all the smiling faces!
August 23rd, 2012  
Great story! This shot made me smile and feel happy. What a happy bunch of children.
August 23rd, 2012  
Gorgeous happy faces
August 23rd, 2012  
Amazing!!
August 23rd, 2012  
@michelleyoung - Thank you Michelle :) And thank you for the wonderful comments you always have for my wee photos!

@beckys @boatpainter @daisy @swilde @sbb1980 - Thank you ladies, thanks!
August 23rd, 2012  
looooove it :) and i mean everything, the story, the picture, the joy and laughter! :)
August 23rd, 2012  
Ha! Just love those smiles - what a gorgeous shot. Great story too, I can just imagine you all laughing at the top of the peak. Fav! :)
August 23rd, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss @filsie65 - It was a fun moment, and a real good introduction into life in PNG.
August 24th, 2012  
Beautiful happy shot.
August 24th, 2012  
@kjarn - Thanks Kathy A :)
August 24th, 2012  
Ah that's a fab photo. Such joy in their faces. I'm sure you brightened up their routine like day with this trip.
August 25th, 2012  
@kareen - Thanks Kareen, I think we all had a ball on our grand adventure!
August 25th, 2012  
look at those pearl white teeth ..lol.. what a great shot the kids look so happy
August 25th, 2012  
LOL cool shot, it sure looks like they all the fun in the world!!
August 26th, 2012  
@steveh @leananiemand - Cheers Steve and Leana. I like how I had as much fun too!
August 26th, 2012  
Really heart warming story and fantastic shot!!!
August 27th, 2012  
@anazad511 - Thanks AnaZad!
August 27th, 2012  
Jim
Capturing and seeing how others capture the sheer joy of both children and adults is one of the things I love most about photography. This image is a perfect example. Thanks for sharing the story as well
August 28th, 2012  
@jcarrollphoto - Cheers Jim, thank you :)
August 28th, 2012  
Complete happiness!
September 20th, 2012  
@hellcat - I call it "Pure" happiness. There is a new emotion here, a new soul, a real'ness' about it. I can't imagine being this happy.
September 20th, 2012  
You can't?
September 20th, 2012  
@hellcat - I try and my cheeks hurt.
September 21st, 2012  
But there is pleasure in that discomfort.
September 21st, 2012  
@hellcat - Its a fine line between pleasure and pain.
September 21st, 2012  
True.
September 22nd, 2012  
@hellcat - I thought you were going to sing along with this one?
September 22nd, 2012  
You mean,
Please don't ask me how I've been getting off
September 22nd, 2012  
@hellcat - Well I was quoting Chrissie Amphlett....
September 22nd, 2012  
Lol, so was I
September 22nd, 2012  
@hellcat - Ooops. *jd looks away at some random object*
September 22nd, 2012  
:) Her lyrics are awkward for online sing-a-longs... Lover, lover, lover....
September 22nd, 2012  
@hellcat - still looking away... whistling now.
September 22nd, 2012  
...Row Row Row your boat...
September 23rd, 2012  
@hellcat - Oh I know this one...
September 23rd, 2012  
good. no more awkward staring off at random objects while whistling.
September 23rd, 2012  
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