|A coastal village on Normanby Island, with traditional thatch|
houses on stilts, seems barely above sea level
|A young lady from the island of Panaete leans|
against her palm-thatched house.
As usual, I will let the pictures themselves speak or of the botanical wonders to be found in this fascinating part of the world.
|A traditional out-rigger canoe on Panaete Island|
|Some islands in the D'Entrecasteaux|
Archipelago are tiny atolls.
|The mainland coast near Tufi in the Milne Bay Province|
includes many fjords.
|Villagers on Misima come out to meet the weekly boat.|
|The large orchid genus Dendrobium includes many species native to New Guinea.|
This one, D. bracteosum is my favorite. I photographed it on Misima Island.
|A wild Begonia from the forests of Misima|
|Dendrobium atroviolaceum, also on |
Misima, is another common orchid in
|A bird's-nest fern, genus Asplenium,|
grows on a tree
stump in the rain forest around Alotau,
on the mainland.
|Members of the ginger family genus Riedelia have narrow,|
tubular flowers probably pollinated by birds.
|Several large individuals of Caryota rumphiana in a clearing on Misima.|
|A club moss, Lycopodium, spreads its|
scaly branches in imitation of a fern
frond on Misima Island.
|A small understory palm of genus Hydriastele|
|Our local guide is dwarfed by the massive stilt roots of a giant screwpine|
(Pandanus) in the mainland rain forest near Alotau.