Sogeri Caves by bobfoto

Sogeri Caves

Chapter 30 continues...

The walk.

Sunday morning escape from Port Moresby often involves trekking through some grasslands nearby or wandering under the jungle canopy close to or even trudging along a local beach. This sunday's walk include two fast flowing river crossings, one Bear Grylls inspired mud swamp waist deep in parts, and one very cool rock shelter which had some ancient paintings on it.

The locals had some idea, but one could sense they were seeing the same picture I was. Although with close examination, one can see some huts, some hills, some rivers, some stars and suns and some fish.

I tried to sow the seed that the big heart shaped falling star depicted the Star of Bethlehem and that perhaps little baby Jebus was born at Sogeri.

We'll see if they run with that the next time I visit.
Ancient cave paintings seem to be the same round the world! I hope you held your camera high on these river crossings!
May 26th, 2013  
Good shot of these cave drawings. I always think the drawings tell a story, but in reality they may have been just artwork.
May 26th, 2013  
Mac
Naughty. Very cool to see, though. Were you in the swamp and mud? Makes me think of The African Queen.
May 26th, 2013  
what a great find - do you know how old these cave drawings are???
May 27th, 2013  
No matter what epic or era, the drive to communicate and leave your mark is always there. Here is our story...
May 27th, 2013  
@maggiemae - waterproof camera, but the DSLR was in a waterproof camera bag.

@daisy - graffiti? - @olivetreeann

@riverlandphotos - I did wade through some very thick mud. It filled my boots with gloop.

@ruthhowell - I figure with little baby Jebus being born around 32BC, then these paintings would have to be around 2,000 years old...
May 27th, 2013  
Cool capture, have fun starting more rumors
May 27th, 2013  
Ancient rock paintings are always a cool find! Makes you wonder what story they are trying to tell! Your idea of the baby Jesus being born there is a fun one.
May 27th, 2013  
Magnificent. Very fortunate that these were painted in a sheltered place, and that there is no vandalism. Good photo in a place that probably had poor lighting. I have spent a lot of time searching for rock art, and this is pretty special.
May 27th, 2013  
@tigerdreamer - who knows.... we might be right on this location?

@lynnb - I'm running with it.
May 27th, 2013  
@rvwalker - you'd need sunscreen in this "cave"....
May 27th, 2013  
@bobfoto It would just wash off in the swamp. I'm glad there was still enough overhang to keep the art work out of the weather.
May 27th, 2013  
@rvwalker - Indeed. They say that a lot of cave paintings in Australia are 10,000 years old... why don't the paint companies scrape a bit off and make an exterior paint of the same stuff? Its hard to get 10 years out of house paint!
May 27th, 2013  
Great capture of the paintings. There always seems to be so much going on in cave art...
May 27th, 2013  
Great capture of these interesting paintings. 10,000 years old - wow never heard of anything that old.
May 27th, 2013  
BTW I looked for your picture all covered with mud. You don't seem to have posted it. I would have loved to see it - you are quite the adventurer.
May 27th, 2013  
@sangwann - there are many things in Australia that are older.... I shoul post some dinosaur footprints one day....

@alia_801 - yeah, primitive graffiti...
May 27th, 2013  
ahhh I see..great to have these survive
May 27th, 2013  
@houdiniem - oh it is so cool to see, wonder how old they are?
May 27th, 2013  
Love your idea about the housepaint - wonder what the tinting would do to it! - The sense of history here is awe-inspiring.
May 28th, 2013  
@kittikat - I think they are holding out on us so we have to keep re-painting!
May 28th, 2013  
@bobfoto I reckon at least a week old
May 28th, 2013  
@houdiniem - sheah!
May 28th, 2013  
Interesting little find.
June 1st, 2013  
@kjarn - I also found an archaeologist at the bar last night.... we may have to re-visit this site???
June 1st, 2013  
Oooh how fascinating.... I know some things are ancient, but ancient artwork is something really special, like a message passing across the centuries to land right in your brain and carry on again.
Wonder if anyone will be looking through our 365 shots in 2000 years time...
June 2nd, 2013  
@filsie65 - we should ask Ross to prepare for such eventualities?
June 2nd, 2013  
Ha! Let us know if there's some revisions that need to be made
July 12th, 2013  
@talea - will do.
July 12th, 2013  
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