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Forbes viewed from a Sydney-Denpasar flight

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Ian Stehbens on July 10, 2007

To live in Forbes is to live under the international flight path from Sydney to Singapore and Denpasar. If, in looking up at the contrails or the aircraft 11000m above, one ever wonders whether anybody up there notices the activity and landscape below, or if one wonders what it looks like from up there, here is the answer. Yes, some few individuals crave a window seat to observe the world below, while others watch yet another crass american movie. I take my photos mostly as a record of the route I travelled, but every flight there are many patterns and landforms below that captivate. On this flight I was impressed by the transformation that recent rain had brought to a drought stricken landscape. May the Lachlan run, and the Murrumbidgee flow beneath southern skies.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 1, 2007

Ian, I also crave a window seat and observe with fascination. Rarely do I take a successful shot--as this one certainly is!--but I am enriched by the observation. Greetings, Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2007

Marilyn, there was a wonderful time when we chose to fly in the eternal summer daylight from LHR to SFO. The route takes one over the Hebrides, south coast of Iceland, southern Greenland north of Nuuk, Baffin Island, diagonally across Hudson Bay to Churchill, over Lethbridge to 'Frisco. In awe, I photographed and tried to excite others especially those who were walking around for exercise avoiding a movie (which requires the window shutters to be closed!!!) to view the remarkable processes and landscapes. Some really did enjoy seeing and having interpreted briefly what was out there. But once over Hudson Bay and clear water, I decided to return to the seat and review the images on the camera. Margaret was still watching below, and now it was I who had to be provoked to see what was there. The incredible mosaic of broken sea ice, that had many times broken and collided again and again with frozen welds, was spectacular and like nothing I had ever imagined. What a remarkable world of variety, majesty, serendipity, artistic quality and design we live in. The World from Above determines what routes we choose to fly, whenever there are options. There is one of these images on my site tagged Hudson Bay. Ian

Geerten on May 31, 2010

fantastic. here are the colours of one of my Alice-Cairns pics... Yes please, give me a windowseat!!!!!!


Ian Stehbens on June 1, 2010

And when you have a window seat, Geerten, make sure you use the camera, and then send me the ones that you can't locate and we'll have fun together.

This is the Land with a Red Heart, and the redness is spread around a bit.

Best regards,


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