Boy and his puppy in the family hut, Bodauna Is, Laughlan Islands, PNG
The Laughlan Islands are a small group of islands (hard to find, even on Google Earth. Hint, search for Bodelun Island to the ESE of Woodlark Island). They are the outermost part of the Kula Ring.
I'm off tomorrow to explore my 'back yard', the Great Bear Rainforest http://www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/towns/?townid=4120) and the Fiordland Conservancy http://www.britishcolumbia.com/parks/?id=24. This is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest in the world. The area is home to grizzly bears, humpback whales, cougars, wolves, salmon, and the Kermode ("spirit") bear, a unique subspecies of the black bear, in which one in ten cubs display a recessive white coloured coat. This area also contains the traditional territories of three First Nations Peoples, the Heltsiuk,the Kitasoo/Xai'xais, and the Gitga'at People.
There is no internet of cell phone service throughout most of this area, so I won't be posting or commenting until my return, when my Melanesian series will continue, interspersed with (hopefully) interesting photos from the coastal fjords of BC.
I have made the whole Kitava Island gallery public for those who might want to browse them during my absence: http://goo.gl/7nbxI, and if you have time to leave a comment, even better!