Guadalcanal Weather Coast: Makaruka Majesty

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Comments (16)

juan jose romero on September 15, 2008

Very impressive, Ian, and very beautiful. The red spot in the middle creates a hot color focus that brightens the whole picture. Beautiful!

Wish you a good week, Juan José

Ian Stehbens on September 15, 2008

Thank you Juan José. It certainly was grand - even wild - scenery. And that red spot is our 4M fibreglass boat that had a 40Hp outboard to push us up the waves and down into the troughs for the 9 hours of open ocean that it took to get here - and a week later, back to civilisation (Honiara) again.

And there were endless palm trees. You would have an amazing time - and I would just love to observe you with your easel and camera in such a wild environment!

Kindest regards,


juan jose romero on September 15, 2008

I forgot to tell you that I've given a YS to this photo, obviously!!

Ian Stehbens on September 15, 2008

Wow, JJ. You and I have some of the same tastes. I particularly like this image, too. Thanks soooo much.


Tamás Borbély on September 15, 2008

Fantastic lanscape, extraordinary photo Ian ! My best wishes, Tamás

Marilyn Whiteley on September 15, 2008

Very beautiful photo, Ian, that captures the wild nature perfectly. As for the boat ride, I'd rather not think about that! Marilyn

Tom Lussier Photogra… on September 15, 2008

Wow! Such a beautiful place. You've done a terrific job composing and exposing this image Ian. Well done.

Best regards, Tom

P.S. I'm with Marilyn on the subject of the boat ride. :)

Ian Stehbens on September 16, 2008

What can I say, but I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to be in this place and to bring back such images and memories to share with you all. Tamás, Tom and Marilyn and Juan José I assure you that I am most grateful for your special responses. Previous to Panoramio, I would never have taken my camera on such a risky journey where it ran the risk of filling with water!

But let me tell you that the reason I was in this wildly beautiful place was that one of my students in peacebuilding had arranged for 40 from the island of Malaita to reconcile with the people on this remote coast of Guadalcanal. What a day it was to witness their arrival and their disembarking from the ship through the surf in small boats. What a day it was to see the traditional reconciliation ceremony and to lead their summit to forge ways forward together. And what a privilege it was to be part of one of 38 Peace & Reconciliation Committees that this young peacebuilder has now established along this coast which was terrorised by a militia of violent men who were opposed by another group of Guadalcanal militia, all the while that the civil war between Malaitan Eagle Force and the Guadalcanal militias was being fought out around Guadalcanal. They call the war "The Troubles" but I have seen with my own eyes the healing of the troubles.

This was particularly poignant when the 40 Malaitans began a walk along the coast village to village to befriend those who, because of remoteness, would have otherwise lived in fear of Malaitans for generations.

I must finish by honouring Ishmael Idu for his courage and his capacity. He was the first to cross the line of bunkers around Honuiara to meet and take a message of reconciliation to open goors of forgiveness allowing people to escape from the cycle of revenge.

You are all witnesses of this through these few images I have uploaded.

Thank you for appreciating them.


P.S. The boat rides were worth it!

Richard Ryer on September 16, 2008

Greetings Ian, Beautiful mystical pacific island mountains. Such a sad history in the 40's. And there is still strife today? I would hope for peace in such a beautiful paradise.



Ian Stehbens on September 16, 2008

Thanks Rich. Yes I do too, and I am doing all I can to contribute to genuine peace here. It's coming. (he War in the 40's is part of the legacy that has made some contribution to the recent events of 1998-2003.)

Ahmet Bekir on September 18, 2008

Really very impressive view Ian, very beautiful and wild place, the palm trees, mountains, ....just perfect view

Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2008

And thanks for your appreciation, Ahmet. It is a pleasure to come back with some quality pictures that I can share with the world of Panomario.

Urban Thaler (urbiet… on September 24, 2008

great mood Ian! very well done. urbi

Ian Stehbens on September 24, 2008

O so good to hear from you Urbi. Thanks for the compliment and I must try to stay in touch with you more. This coast was not only wildly beautiful but remote and I am privileged to have been there among the people, especially for a major reconciliation event following a civil war.

Kindest regards from Sydney.


©polytropos on September 25, 2008

Extraordinary shot, Ian. Some kind of mystical and "Robert Louis Stevenson-touch" ("Treasure Island"). This part of the world is still in my dreams.

Ian Stehbens on September 25, 2008

You certainly know your South Pacific, at least from afar. After all, Guadalcanal is the island of gold that Mendana recorded which later led to this large archaepeligo being named "Solomon Islands" for here surely was the source of King Solomon's gold. Treasure Island it is indeed.

Keep the dream alive, polytropos. These mountains are accessible from your world of mountains.


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