Baie du Prony New Caledonia

Grande Terre is New Caledonia's largest island; a 350km long, thin mountainous fish swimming in the deep blue south Pacific fringed by the world's largest coral reef reserve. On the southeastern tip, Prony Bay cuts into the island like the fish's mouth.

Pepite River is the smallest of 4 rivers that empty into the Baie du Carenage in Prony. It is a "cute" little river that flows all year long, clear and fresh.This sphere image is the third in a series from the start of the river down through the t...
In New Caledonia, the red mangrove, Lumnitzera littorea, bursts into clusters of tiny, brilliant red flowers in December.This tree is in the estuary of the small Rivier des Pepites. You will find a series of sphere images of this lovely little riv...
The Kaori River waterfalls cascade over red , gold and jade rocks all year long. The water is always clear and small boats can come right up to the bottom of the cascades. But it takes a couple of hours by foot and even big 4 wheelers can't get do...
Toboggan Trail branches off from a perfect little swimming pool on the Kaori River trail. Just before the trail begins to go up towards the "toboggan" turn off onto the rocky riverbed and follow it about 100 metres to this series of cascades. Ther...
A village once stood here in 1880, part of a prison for convicts from France. The prisoners cut the trees here to supply timber for building Noumea. This was the only building constructed with walls of cut stone. Everything else has vanished excep...
The fresh water fish in this wonderful swimming hole on the NC-GR1 walking track in New Caledonia are extremely forward. There are two species in the sphere image; Kuhlia rupestris is the larger one, and a really big fish is 15-25 cm long. The sma...
The little waterfall entering the Carenage River on the right, looking downstream, comes straight out of a round hole about 1 meter in diameter in the forest floor. It is one of many springs feeding the birth of the Carenage River and the water is...
This waterfall is right at the source of the Riviere des Kaoris, about an hour's walk along the trail that originates at the Baie du Carenage. The first 35 minutes of the way is an old mining road that runs along the river - then there is an obscu...
The New Caledonia Grand Route 1 (NC-GR1) is a walking trail that goes from Baie de la Somme in the south of the big island of Grande Terre all the way to Dumbea River, just west of Noumea. Much of the track follows old mining and logging roads and...
The Baie du Prony is on the southeastern tip of the Grande Terre Island of New Caledonia. The southeastern lip of the bay is formed by a high, rocky peninsula. There are no villages here, no homes, and rarely any visitors. The whole area is a natu...
Here we are at Twinfalls - our sphere image testing laboratory. This time I am testing my brand new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition action camera attached to the handle of my walking stick, using the WiFi remote to trigger the camera as I rotate the sti...
I have taken quite a few sphere images of Pipete River. You can, from the comfort of your where you are right now, enjoy a water tour along this lovely little mountain creek and admire the waterfalls, cascades and rapids and emerge in a little man...
In the late 1800's the French set up a prison colony in the Baie du Prony, New Caledonia. The prisoners were put to work cutting down trees to provide the building materials for the growing town of Noumea. This stone building, the "Poudriere du Pe...
In the late 1867 Captain Hippolyte Sebert founded the Village of Prony to begin the work of cutting trees to supply building material for Noumea. In 1873 the prison administration took over from the army and installed 150 convicts in this prison. ...
The ruins of a prison colony in Prony, New Caledonia are overgrown with Banyon tree roots. This Heliconia cluster grows next to a spring that was clearly a water source for the prison colonly from 1876 to 1912.Today the "village of Prony" is a sma...