It's New Caledonia, and it's important to biologists because it's a small fragment of the same ancient supercontinent, Gondwana, that formed Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. As a tiny heir to this vast fortune, it has an immense number of endemic species -- species found there and nowhere else in the world -- including 74% of its plants. Since it's a Gondwanan flora, most of its species have relatives in Australia, but are intriguingly different from them.
For biologists like my Australian bushwalking partner Phil Gleeson, New Caledonia is a mandatory pilgrimage. He's there now, and has started a blog on his travels. His prose is scientifically precise but fluid and relaxing, and there's enough detail on his adventures as a traveler to hold the general reader's attention. His photos, such as the Blechnum fern above, are magnificent. Fiction writers in the audience will appreciate the gradual emergence of his SLR camera as a character in itself.
I'll be joining him there for a week in late September. At the moment, I'm in Auckland and have two large consulting projects in the front of my brain. Squished in behind them, i'm pretty sure, is another post on Vancouver. Stand by, but continue to breathe.