A River Scene 2

dinghy on river

“Out of Place” / Fly River, Western Province, Papua New Guinea / November 2014

While motorized dinghies can be seen plying the stretch of the Fly River, dugout canoes are still the most common means of transportation among families in villages along the river and its tributaries.  The region is still abundant with trees and thus dugouts are a lot easier than dinghies to acquire.  Extraordinarily long motorized versions of the dugout canoes (such as the one in the header photo) is still the main means of public transport along river routes.   I snapped this photo of our motorized dinghy after successfully negotiating the  access ladder, on our way to a riverside village. In the background are smaller dugout canoes.  The poles are apparently used to keep the canoes from being swept away by the current.