There are still large areas of Papua New Guinea untouched by people, but deforestation is still a serious problem. I could see it along the Sepik River and on New Britain. Here are some pictures of various aspects of nature in Papua New Guinea.
Pictures of birds in Papua and other nature pages are separate:
Mountain on New Britain with cap cloud. (490k) View of the beach in New Britain with the mountains across the bay. (519k) Sunset in Port Moresby. (486k) Fires clearing the rainforest. They were everywhere. (601k) Rainforest along the Sepik River. (714k) Waterfall near the Lakwanda Lodge. (680k) Some trees are pretty much free of lianas. (997k) Other trees have lots of vines and lianas growing on them. (1353k) Two such trees side-by-side. (1310k) Tree with large buttress root. (1264k) Tree with large air roots. (1439k) Strangler Fig. (1238k) The oil palms in this plantation all have the lower part lying down and then a vertical trunk growing up. They were planted in a swampy area. A storm blew them all over, but they then continued to grow back up. (1310k) Fern growing on a tree. (1236k) Small palm tree. (1260k) Grass. (715k) Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica, german: Mimose, french: Sensitive) before being touched. (858k) Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica, german: Mimose, french: Sensitive) after I touched it. The leaves folded down. (905k) Jungle Flame (Ixora coccinea, german: Malteserkreuzblume). (870k) Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea). (668k) Flowers. (783k) Water lily. (1057k) Water lily. (804k) Flower. (938k) Orchid. (598k) Orchid. (618k) Orchid. (650k) Orchid. (595k) Spider web. (599k) Spider. (551k) Cicada. (1.5M) Grasshopper. (982k) Butterfly. (612k) Ambrax Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio ambrax). (584k) Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa macleayi). (735k) Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus, german: Asiatischer Hausgecko, french: Gecko asiatique). (706k) Fruit Bats. (1330k) Great Flying Fox (Pteropus neohibernicus). (577k) Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos (Dendrolagus goodfellowi, german: Goodfellow-Baumkänguru, french: Dendrolague de Goodfellow). (850k) Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi, german: Goodfellow-Baumkänguru, french: Dendrolague de Goodfellow). (609k) Doria's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus dorianus, german: Doria-Baumkänguru, french: Dendrolague de Doria). It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. (1075k) Doria's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus dorianus, german: Doria-Baumkänguru, french: Dendrolague de Doria). (999k) Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus, german: Leistenkrokodil, french: Crocodile marin). (1098k)