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Tanami Desert Gold: Water is Gold in the Desert

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Abstract art. Algal growth in a waste water pond is the basis for this false-colour image.

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Hazel Coetzee on March 3, 2009

Ian - this is beautiful - could you enlarge a little on this for us, please? An explanation would really be welcome! I am assuming that these are water patterns on dust?



Evgenia Lepikhova on March 3, 2009

Another beautiful and mysterious image, Yan! At this time - a golden!


Bruce MacIver on March 5, 2009

Awesome reflections Ian -- your Tanami gold mine photos have created quite a stir.


Ian Stehbens on March 6, 2009

Dear Bruce, Eva and Hazel,

In uploading the Coyote gold mine photo for GE, it seemed the right time to add some of my artistic images, this being one of them. You are right in recognizing that I have created an image by looking at water. I was using a 300mm lens so I am quite some distance away and above the surface, which creates some of the mystery because of the changed scale from what one would normally expect. The images is a mixture of brightly lit surface reflected colour, suspended matter and bottom reflection, all coloured by yellow filter.

I have seen this in the same 'light' as Hazel, expressing what I expect to encounter in a gold mill.

Thanks for the curiosity and appreciation.


Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 6, 2009

Great photo, Ian and very symbolic! I like the title also! Best regards, May

Ian Stehbens on March 6, 2009

Thanks May.

I enjoy swapping images and creativity with you.

Best wishes,


Liviu Chirilă on March 7, 2009

Very interesting image, Ian. And the title is great! Best wishes, Liviu

Ian Stehbens on March 7, 2009

It is clear we both like being creative, Liviu, with the details that we see in our surrounds. Warmest regads,


►Berat Qevî Endam on June 23, 2010

i see golden lands in right map

Greetings from Iran


Ian Stehbens on June 25, 2010

The map reveals the surface operations of a gold mine on the edge of the Tanami Desert, Barat.

Warm greetings,


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  • Uploaded on March 2, 2009
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    by Ian Stehbens