Advancing dune on the Hammerstone Sandblow, Lake Wabby, Fraser Island

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Comments (125)

Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2008

I love this place Jeff. It has many moods and is a unique and pristine environment.

Greetings from Sydney (or Fraser Island).


Juan Jo. Andújar on March 12, 2008

I saw your gallery, you have some very good pictures, so unless you put a star your gallery. Greetings, Juan.

Szymon K. on March 12, 2008

Beautiful contrast. Compliments.

Ian Stehbens on March 12, 2008

Thank you Juan for Yellow Star; and so now I look forward to regular contact with you.

Kind regards,


Ian Stehbens on March 12, 2008

Dear Szymon K.

I appreciate your compliment and visit. I look forward to more sharing between us.


Andrew Eden on April 10, 2008

Stunning, exraordinary colours and textures, pure art.


Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2008

Thankyou Andrew. I have enjoyed your folio, and added your collection to my favourites. I see you like to express your self artistically through the lens too. I look forward to more interaction with you.

Regards from Sydney.


filiz kulan on May 5, 2008

Yellow and blue are very beautiful together! Congratulations :) Greetings from Turkey,Filiz...

Terrablau on May 5, 2008


Ian Stehbens on May 5, 2008

Thanks Filiz and Terrablau.

I noticed in your folio, Filiz that you love colour and enjoy photographing people. This image of mine has the colour, but it is devoid of people! It is part of one of our protected coastal wilderness areas that is stunningly beautiful, but even though there are limited numbers of people, a few of them still know how to spoil something like this. But this day it had rained earlier, hence the moist crust on the top, and fewer people were about. Then when it cleared and the sun shone strongly, the colours were brilliant.

And thanks Terrablau. I look forward to seeing more of your photos, as your folio grows. I appreciated your images of Manhattan, too.

Kind regards,


Elemér on June 5, 2008

Fantastic colours, fantastic phenomenon.


Ian Stehbens on June 7, 2008

Dear Elemér,

I am very pleased that you found this in the earlier pages of my album. Thank you for your response.

Fraser Island is a marvellous place, and the environment quite pristine in many places, and yet in others, it is so open that one can watch the processes directly, like here.

It seems to me that as I watch the dunes, I am seeing a functioning organ in a body, that has been opened so that I can see inside. It is special to be watching the dunes changing in several directions all in the one place at the one time: the deflation, the collapsing, the sliding, the forward progression, the skipping sand, the wetting and drying, the erosion and depositing.

There's sand beneath my feet, and sand on my trousers, there is sand in my hair, and .. a grain of sand in my eye!


Peig Bunion on August 18, 2008

Nice one. Great colours.

Ian Stehbens on August 18, 2008

Thanks very much, Ken. The light of the Wicklows is so vastly different from the glare on a Queensland beach in summer.



Luca Rigato on September 17, 2008

Wow, a very bright yellow!

Ian Stehbens on September 17, 2008

I am delighted, Luka, that you are enjoying your gallery visit to Australia. Fraser Island is a remarkable place, in the order of Dolomites, but entirely different.

Warm regards,


farangas on October 15, 2008

Compliments for this beuatiful picture and for all your gallery; the colors are splendid and I like the explanation of this phenomenon. Greeting from Italy, Farangas

Ian Stehbens on October 17, 2008

Thank you Farangas, your appreciation is special. May I also admit how much I loved touring Italy, for I enjoyed the clours of the landscapes and was fascinated by the architecture...but thta was in my pre-digital camera days.




FlinstoneRO on January 10, 2009

Very beautfiul colours, a very interesting place

Ian Stehbens on January 10, 2009

This is a remarkable environment, and much of it is almost pristine. It is fragile, unique, special and beautiful.

Thanks FlinstoneRO for your appreciation.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 14, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2006/06/16 15:30:51
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash