Tonga: Kanatea across Fanga 'Uta Lagoon

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Comments (19)

jeff_msn123 on September 5, 2009

Fantastic shot. I like the three different layers.

Cheers, Jeff

Rafal Ociepka on September 5, 2009

Great shot Ian, I love dark silhouettes of palm trees


M.Kranenborg-Torn on September 5, 2009

What a lovely photo, greetings from Greetje.

gezginruh on September 5, 2009

I think they are facing the sun

Lovely greetings.


Ian Stehbens on September 6, 2009

Thank you Jeff, Greetje, Füsun and Rafal,

Isn't it great to belong to a very affirming and encouraging community? Isn't it great to be able to share the interesting, the simple, the ambiguous and the beautiful with each other.

Warm regards,


ƤōƝƓ on September 8, 2009

Yes, like multi-layers. You have very creative eyes, Ian.

Best wishes, 阿鵬 (w☺rap☺ng)

Ian Stehbens on September 10, 2009

Dear w☺rap☺ng,

The colour of the water (coralline blue mixed with the weeks rain runoff) attracted me first, then as I stood and watched in an attitude that I call "receiving", the cloud shadows were having fun. So, I waited a while until the cloud shadows positioned themselves for me.

Let me tell you the background story. It was an otherwise boring morning for a photographer for I spent a long time waiting for someone who was in a queue at the hospital. But a short walk with the camera to see what was on offer resulted in this, and after a short time I was back content to wait, for I had my little joy in the camera.

Regards from Tonga, again.


ƤōƝƓ on September 11, 2009

Thank you for sharing the story behind the scene, Ian. Just to get a good shot, you waited for the cloud shadows. Your patience does pay off HEFTILY!

Your Tonga pictures are so fascinating that I have included this remote island among my numerous dream destinations to visit in my lifetime.

Best wishes to Tonga from Thailand, w☺rap☺ng

Ian Stehbens on September 11, 2009

Your affirmation, conversations and ideas are valued, w☺rap☺ng. Thankyou. If Tonga has become part of your dreams, then you may find that other South Pacific islands are worth including in the frame. The different groups of islands in Tonga have different landscapes and phenomena on offer, but Tongatapu, 'Eua and Vava'u are the pick of them, in my opinion.

Again, my warm regards,


bdeh on September 26, 2009

Wow, what a beautiful photo (and place). Greetings Berend (Had not much time for Pano the last weeks)

Ian Stehbens on September 29, 2009

It is an interesting world, Berend. Here the water is sometimes green sometimes blue and sometimes whitened by runoff after very heavy rain. And there is always beauty, if one has eyes to see.

Kind regards,


Kaan Uğurlu on October 10, 2009

This place looks so beautiful Ian..

Ian Stehbens on October 10, 2009

It is Kaan. I you look at the GE image to the right you will see that even on that the colour of the water is not the colour you might expect.

I was there again yesterday, and the water was even more lime coloured. It was quite a special light green colour, as the recent white from the rain runoff had begun to settle and the blue-green from the coral-limestone was becoming stronger.

Kind regards,

Ian (currently in Tonga)

jannus on November 25, 2009

Yes, it is really THAT green. My house is just across the road at the flea market and I see it several times every day in different light conditions. When there is sunshine, it is really beautiful green. Nice foto Ian.

Ian Stehbens on November 26, 2009

Malo Jannus. It is great to have someone from Tonga visiting. I hope you get to see some of the other images of Tonga I have uploaded into my gallery.

Ian @ Sia'atoutai

kiaksar on December 27, 2009

Exotic view! Looks fantastic!

Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2009

Dear kiaksar,

The colours of the water are real, and the South Pacific is full of exotic surprises.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Happy New Year.


Kostadinos delta on February 5, 2013

Fantastic shot. I like

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2013

Thanks very much, Kappa Delta. The sunlight and cloud shadows were just right for this.


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