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The Waiap Orchid Lodge – A Dreamer’s Legacy

What happens when a dreamer dies in Papua New Guinea? What happens when the shining light of a rural village, the person with the dreams and ideas, the one with the spark, the one who learns from elsewhere and starts a project to teach his people about science and botany, passes away?

Ipi's daughters at the entrance of Waiap Lodge

If you visit the Waiap Orchid Lodge in Enga, about 1 hour of Wabag, between Surunki and Laiagam along the Highlands Highway, you will find the Waiap Orchid Lodge. Behind the house is a hill, fenced all the way to the top.  The fence protects a  beautiful forest garden filled with orchids, trees and shrubs, and alive with the sound of birds. [Read more →]

October 10, 2011   4 Comments

Albert’s Amazing Engan Botanical Garden

Tucked away in a gully in the heart of Surunki lies the passion of an extraordinary villager – an amateur botanical garden filled with unique plants collected from all over Enga.


Albert is a 30′ish’ Engan male who when he was in his early teens asked his brothers to leave some land for him to build a special garden. He called it his Orchid Garden because he did not really know what else to call it. [Read more →]

September 18, 2011   No Comments

Balimo Is Beautiful – Her People, Her Culture, Her Nature

Word Count 2532. Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Photos: Only the Best of Balimo!

Balimo is beautiful. The sun rises and sets on the most beautiful lagoon in PNG created by the floodwaters of the dark, fresh water Aramia River that winds its way down from the highlands of Western Province.


Balimo, more photos at the bottom

Along the Balimo shores white, pink and purple water lilies blossom as canoes cross the dark fresh water and moor along the vivid green grass as the gentle lagoon winds whisper through the water reeds.

Pelicans, pigeons, doves, hornbills, kingfishers, ducks live and die here and above eagles soar high to gracefully dive the waters like brown and white arrows, talons extended at the last minute to catch silver fish. [Read more →]

May 17, 2011   11 Comments

Flowers of Manus

Manus is alive with flowers. Everywhere you look. So much color on this small island it’s unbelievable.
I hope you can help me identify these flowers. Hit the read more button to see the flowers. [Read more →]

May 2, 2011   No Comments

The Kings Fall of Manus (& why I renamed the Sombrun Waterfalls : )

I love waterfalls! Seriously, who doesn’t?!

The bigger they are, the more water cascading down, the higher the falls, the bigger and deeper the pool, the more ‘mysterious’ and jungle clad it is, the more fascinating the fall becomes.

The King Falls, Liap. More pics with this post.

I have been to waterfalls all over the country. Some large, some small, some which fall from such great heights the water turns to mist and droplets, others that power down hard, cold and fast, knock you off your feet, pound your brain senseless. [Read more →]

April 29, 2011   5 Comments

Help Identify these Bougainville Flowers and Plants

Bougainville is a horticulture dream.
There are so many flowers here including many orchid species endemic to Bougainville.

Beautiful Bougainville wild orchid

Beautiful Bougainville wild orchids at the top of the Panguna Mine. More flowers at the end of this post

There is not much documentation regarding floral species especially the orchids but I was told that prior to the Bougainville Crisis, there was a controversy regarding the illegal smuggling of orchids out of Bougainville to Australia and other countries. [Read more →]

January 31, 2011   7 Comments