Mun i dai pinis lo antap long Mt Wilhelm by bobfoto

Mun i dai pinis lo antap long Mt Wilhelm

Inside the manhaus, all of us were looking at retiring for the evening, people were yawning, bedding was being prepared and then I remembered.

I had smuggled a large family block of chocolate in my pack, even my GF was unaware that I was carrying such a treat. Now at 10pm, it was time to introduce chocolate to the people of Pomyea.

I slowly unwrapped the foil, a group of kids had spotted this and wanted to know what it was. They had never seen chocolate before. The eyes of the parents lit up. I broke off a piece and put it in my mouth, I made an overexcited "yummy" sound. The kids looked at me quizzically as I broke off a few pieces each for the tiny hands. They all looked down at the small brown squares in their palms and they talked to each other in their village language.

I gave some to my porters and guides and Boss Ishmael said "the kids do not know what this is" so I showed the kids how to eat chocolate. Soon all the kids were licking and sucking and chewing eagerly on the small brown treat, and each taste made their eyes wider and wider still! Their local language conversation got louder and more excited and Boss Ishmael said to me "they are saying that they have no idea what this is but it is really tasty"!

Interesting enough, PNG makes a great deal of cocoa down on the coast, guess the Highlanders don't get to see it that often...

So we slept the sleep of wary travellers and in the morning, I awoke went outside and watched a massive sun rise from the east. Boss Ishmael told me that we could walk to Goroka that way one day and I said I'd pass, I just want to get to Madang.

I took some lovely sunrise shots and then turned around, behind me to the west is the only view capable in PNG of Mt Wilhelm, the highest peak, and I also note that the moon was setting on this amazing sunrise. So here's a shot of the moonset.

Early in the morning, just as the birds were stirring, a young boy rustled from his bed. I peeked one eye open and saw that the school boy from yesterday was getting ready for his 2 hour run to school. He stood in the doorway, rubbed his eyes, stretched out his arms and then he was gone... off into the dark. The crackle of the fire on the floor spluttered and spat once again. Almost time for everyone else to stir, boil some water, drink some tea... all puns intended.

Photo taken 14 November 2008. Title says Moonset over Mt Wilhelm.
How truly beautiful. I love the tones of this shot. I really enjoyed reading your narrative, wonderful , I can nearly see the smiles of those sweet children.Kids here would not even run 2 minutes to school!ha.
November 26th, 2012  
@redsherpa - Thanks Toni, only one kid from the village ran the 2 hours to get to school.... the rest just hung around at home.
November 26th, 2012  
Spectacular moon shot, Jason.
November 26th, 2012  
Wowa!! thats amazing photo!! seriously landscape canvas, i have the perfect spot for it! ;)
November 26th, 2012  
hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowl!
November 26th, 2012  
@sangwann - Thank you Dione.

@sam_cr - Oh thanks Samantha, that is lovely of you to say. :)
November 26th, 2012  
@houdiniem - always start singing QOTSA when you do that....
November 26th, 2012  
instant fav because it just beautiful and peaceful :)
November 26th, 2012  
Simply Stunning Jason! FAV : )
November 26th, 2012  
love the layers of dark blue...
November 26th, 2012  
@bobfoto hahahaha
November 26th, 2012  
FAV jd! :) love the tones in this shot! :) and a wonderful story once again! :) but now i want chocolate... mhmm.. :D
November 26th, 2012  
Nice. Moonset at Sunrise. The western sky and vista illuminated by the rising sun? I originally wondered how the exif exposure information could be right, until I read that the sun was up or well on the rise,
November 26th, 2012  
Wonderful shot. fave.
November 26th, 2012  
Stunning, Jason! I love the composition and layers in the silhouettes
November 26th, 2012  
Awesome! I so love moon shots.
November 26th, 2012  
I enjoyed reading your story. It always amazes me, too, how local people often don't get to savour the fruit of the land. I was in Peru many years back, and although coffee is produced there, the only sort you could drink was the flavourless instant stuff!
November 26th, 2012  
Beautiful moon capture!!
November 26th, 2012  
One of the better moon shots I have seen for a while
November 26th, 2012  
@cocobella @annbo - Thank you Corinne and Ann and thanks for the faves :)

@agentzuckerguss - chocolate is always good! And thanks for the fave :)

@frankhymus - It was a great sunrise directly behind me.

@kandernob - Thanks Karen and thank you for the fave.

@grammyn @camisze @carolmw - Thanks Katy, Cathy and Carol. :D

@will_wooderson - same in PNG, they make some of the finest coffee in the world, yet the locals drink the dehydrated crushed dirt version.

@georgews - Thanks GPix, thank you.
November 26th, 2012  
love it!!
November 26th, 2012  
So many of your shots make me want to paint again, this one makes me want to paint while eating a chocolate bar. :)
November 26th, 2012  
Totally captured and lingering on every word :)
November 26th, 2012  
Gorgeous moonset shot. A fav. Great story too. I will remember this when I eat my next piece of chocolate candy.
November 26th, 2012  
Lil
Love the rich color and layers on the mountain. The moon really stands out!
November 26th, 2012  
This is beautiful.
November 27th, 2012  
That jagged mountain range is a perfect offset for the moon. Linda is allergic to chocolate, so I guess I won't bring up this story to her.
November 27th, 2012  
I just love the mood of this shot
November 27th, 2012  
Fabulous shot, just beautiful!
November 27th, 2012  
@helenw2 - Thanks Helen :)

@withagoldenglow - Painting while eating chocolate sounds good to me!

@michelleyoung - thank you Michelle, thanks :)

@daisy - I still do each time I eat chocolate!

@cows - Thanks Lil :)

@scooter - Cheers Scooter!

@rvwalker - oh but Linda would understand, I am sure ;)

@rach_who - thanks Rach :)

@kjarn - Cheers Kathy A :)
November 27th, 2012  
wow....so glad you turned around what an awesome shot
November 27th, 2012  
@palusami - same Tanya, thanks!
November 27th, 2012  
wow as usual Jason a terriffic story and a fantastic photo instant Fav
November 27th, 2012  
@gerry - Thanks Gerry.
November 28th, 2012  
So beautiful Jason. Fav for me. I really love landscape pictures, but suck at them myself.
November 28th, 2012  
@stuckinoz - I get lucky occasionally.
November 28th, 2012  
This is a really high nine. Gorgeous, and that little boy puts us to shame being so dedicated to school. And chocolate.......mmm Spoilt today!
November 30th, 2012  
@filsie65 - High Nine is Okay.
November 30th, 2012  
You definitely know how to make friends. This is a great photo btw.
December 29th, 2012  
@hellcat - thanks.
December 29th, 2012  
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