"I am led beside still water"

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Comments (8)

Bulbas on May 26, 2009

why the water is red, there is a lot of copper ..?

Ian Stehbens on May 27, 2009

Dear Bulbas,

In the depressions behind the foredune at the back of the beach system, shallow freshwater lakes form and they are fringed by vegetation that produces tannin in the root system. This colours the water with a tea-coloured stain. The Melaleuca trees are the principal source of the tannin.

As there is no soil, only the pure sand, the water is otherwise very clean and has very low nutrient levels, so there is no algal growth either.

When this water flows out of the lakes the stain appears as different colours depending on the depth of the water, the angle of the light, the colour of the beach sand. And as it is often quite dark, the surface then acts like a mirror, and the water then appears to be blue!

Such an environment is a photographer's paradise.

Warm regards,


Bulbas on May 30, 2009

Greetings Ian!! here as all is arranged in the nature... Interestingly...

With the best regards Bulbas!

Ian Stehbens on May 31, 2009

I am pleased that we can enjoy beauty for beauty's sake, Bulbas. And it is even more enriching when one understands the ecosystem as well. I think that when we appreciate beauty and understand the ecosystem, that then we value and care for our environment best.



M and R on July 15, 2009

Beautiful contrasts of colour and sharpness. R

Ian Stehbens on December 16, 2009

Dear Robyn,

I am very happy that you appreciate this which comes from an environment that is so familiar to you.


Mini Sterb on July 23, 2011

I love this sentiment, Ian. Stillness. Being led spiritually. By Water.

Ian Stehbens on July 27, 2011

Your comment is precious, Mini. Thanks. Ian

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