Tupela Tari Meris by bobfoto

Tupela Tari Meris

Ooops I missed a day... so you will get two shots from me today.

When staying at Ambua Lodge, on a misty drizzly humid afternoon, I decided to head off on a bit of a bushwalk. The thin air of being at 2,800mASL had an effect as I had never been to that altitude before, but I pushed on. The Lodge has its own tracks which show off small waterfalls and a spectacular swing bridge made entirely of vines spliced from the jungle. As I walking a small narrow bush track it crossed the Highlands Highway, here I met two young women from Tari and I asked these girls where does the track continue, and they told me to a waterfall and that they would lead the way.

Well these two young ladies lived in the mountains and mountain air was all they breathed, so they scooted along the track, talking incessantly and stopping to look back at me and they waited, giggling for me to catch up.

The waterfall was massive, a torrent of water spilled from high above and continued far below. Our walking track finished on this big round rock that was greasy from moss and the constant spray of the 'fall. I asked the ladies if they could take my photograph of me standing in front of the falls and stupidly assumed they knew nothing about how my point and shoot camera worked and went on to show them how to half press the shutter for focus and what to look at etc etc...

Well the young lady looked me in the eye and she said "we take all sorts of tourists from the Lodge to these waterfalls and those Americans and Germans come here with big flash cameras and we take their photos all the time" and then with a wink she says "not like this little baby camera"

I lowered my head walked to the waterfall, turned around and smiled. The young lady took my photograph and then she said "Now you take one of us!"

Photo taken 19 November 2006.
Haha, great back story as always! Your little baby camera does all right!
November 11th, 2012  
@grizzlysghost - the little point and shoot was a cracker! Pity it took a swimming lesson near the volcano one day :(
November 11th, 2012  
LOL! Love the story and the induced humility as well as the shot!
November 11th, 2012  
:D :D they┬┤re pros! would love to see the shot one of them was taking of you!
November 11th, 2012  
tut tut for missing a day!
I love the look of the water
November 11th, 2012  
Just look at that curtain of water! The ladies certainly look cheerful and confident... it's their bare feet that catches me
November 11th, 2012  
@grammyn - they were a funny pair!

@agentzuckerguss - nearly posted it... but thought these girls cuter than I.

@houdiniem - oh it wasn't the first time ;)

@filsie65 - It was an impressive curtain of water, made quite a roar too! And yes, the bare feet was the norm in rural PNG.
November 11th, 2012  
@bobfoto such a shame! :D any options to show it to us, maybe post it for the real date back in 2006? :D
November 11th, 2012  
Beautiful!
November 11th, 2012  
I am smiling. A delightful story.
November 11th, 2012  
The natural setting makes a great backdrop.
November 12th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - nah... I like to keep a little intrigue...

@chrismarfil - Thanks Chris :)

@michelleyoung - they were great company!

@rvwalker - It was a cracking waterfall! So powerful!
November 12th, 2012  
I like her. :D
November 12th, 2012  
@hellcat - Hell yeah, who doesn't? Her attitude just rocked!
November 12th, 2012  
Fabulous waterfall.
November 13th, 2012  
@kjarn - oh yeah, it was amazeballs!
November 13th, 2012  
so funny......love that big helping of humility.....how did it taste..?...oh wait....i already know how it tastes from eating it myself on occasion....lol. Did you get a picture of the swing...?!......THAT sounds really really cool! - - and of course....nice photo and nice back story!
November 14th, 2012  
@sticksandstones - yeah I took a few shots of the swing bridge, but my little baby camera didn't like the low light conditions... might have to post one up on flickr though.
November 14th, 2012  
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