Makaruka Sunset: Guadalcanal Weather Coast

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Ian Stehbens on October 22, 2008

Agreed! And your poetic thought certainly matches the experience that was mine, gezginruh.

Kind regards,


gezginruh on October 24, 2008

Hello Ian, actually life it self is a poem.Our instantaneour is just a little port of this poetic life.Sometimes calm and breathless and sometimes lively and colourful.Greetings...

Ian Stehbens on October 25, 2008

Do you write poetry, gezginruh?

If you are interested I have a few small poems on Panoramio to accompany some photos: Night Music Comes Floating across the Dnepr and Kitchen Window and Zephyr on the Dnepr.

Greetings from Sydney,


x7y7 on October 25, 2008

Te felicito por esta fotografia.. Me gusta mucho..


Visita mis fotografias

Saludos desde España

►►►►►► x7y7 ◄◄◄◄◄◄

gezginruh on October 25, 2008

Hello Ian,I also poem in Turkish because my English is not enough for poetic literature.ButI nearly understand your poems.They are very good.Congratulations...with love from İstanbul.

Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2008

Hi x7y7. Thanks for the greetings and visit, and I thank you also for the invitation to visit your folio. I will do that.

Kind regards,


Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2008

Dear gezginruh,

Poetry does use words in rather special ways, so I understand that this would make comprehension difficult for people for whom English is not their first language.

And thank you for the loving greeting from Istanbul!

With love from Sydney, my friend.


Jewels on November 13, 2008

Absolutely gorgeous, Ian. Stunning colors and the sillouette of palm trees and plants make a wonderful contrast. You were in the right place at the right time. Beautiful photo, beautiful story! Well done!

Warm regards from Virginia


Ian Stehbens on November 15, 2008

Thank you Julie. I was indeed in the right place at the right time. And let me tell you more.

One of my former students was organizing a major reconciliation between communities from each side of the civil war that devastated the economy of Solomon Islands. He had invited Malaitans to come to this remote coast of Guadalcanal so that the "enemies" could meet and the perception could be tranformed into "friends". I was able to witness this process at his invitation. It was also interesting that some of the people in national leadership who preferred to come by helicopter as they could only spare a few hours to witness the event, missed the lot. The small ship bringing the Malaitans, delayed by storm, arrived at the same time as their helicopter was taking off according to a "militray schedule".

I was brought through the open sea in a small boat and stayed in the community for 5 days, throughout which the transformation was taking place. I was in the right place at the right time!

I returned home from this week, a little debilitated but exhilirated.

And may I add that I received my formal training in peacebuilding in Virginia (at Harrisonburg) some years ago, and of course I fell in love with the beauty of Virginia then. So thanks for sharing images of your beautiful world, Julie.



"Cuky"/A.S.G."NO VIE… on November 15, 2008

My letter of congratulation for a spectacular capture. Antonio's embraces.

Ian Stehbens on November 16, 2008

Thank you Antonio, and a strong embrace in return, my friend. I am very pleased with this image and the memory that goes with it.


Ghislain Bonneau on April 28, 2010

Hi Ian, Very Lovely colours and Good composition. Y☼ My Best Regards.............GHISLAIN.☻

Ian Stehbens on April 28, 2010

Dear Ghislain,

I am pleased that you have been able to 'visit' this remote area of Solomon Islands with me and enjoy this sunset. Thanks very much.


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