Channel Country: Bulloo River from "Thyangra" to "Bulloo Downs"

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Stig Berge on March 10, 2010

Have you been on MARS? Was there any wather there? Greetings stig!...=)...

Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2010

Hi Stig,

Mars or bust! When I came back with these the scientists got excited for they could see the sinuous tracks that were evidence of water having run across the surface.

Panoramio though didn't like them for only images of Earth are allowed on GE!

But I wish I could take you there right now, for the sinuous tracks are obliterated. The entire yellow and blue area is underwater. The floods from upstream have arrived, on their way to Bulloo Lake.

Thanks for dropping by, Stig.


Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2010

Dear Bedri,

Thanks for your appreciation. I am pleased to share with you, for I am also fascinated by the landscapes and landforms of Turkey.

Best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2010

Greetings Hazel,

Wow, Okavango! When are we going?

And there are lions there!

The Lions of Etosha was one of the most memorable wildlife films I have ever seen.

GE don't like aerials if they feel they are similar to their imagery. They prefer us to keep our feet on the ground. But the colours and the landforms change. The lakes are dry or full of water. But the policy is open to interpretation, and some reviewers accept what others reject. But I am not rejected. I am happy to share them with our circle of friends.

Thanks for the expressed intention of your visiting Okavango! Go! And come back with the evidence to show or to paint!


Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 18, 2010

Another beautiful view, dear Ian! I can't tell you, how much I love those patterns and colours of a river and to imagine that you have seen it in real - Oh Ian, I wish I could beam myself there, though I can imagine, that I would feel very lost in this endless swamps and waters and I would certainly be afraid about those famous Australian snakes. But high above on a plane must be like a dream. Thank you for this great photo! YS and BO!

Warm wishes, May

:-)Fiala(-: on March 18, 2010

Fantastic view!

Greetings Fiala

Ian Stehbens on March 19, 2010

Dear May,

You take me to Tenerife and I am able to reciprocate by taking you to The Channel Country. And it is a joy. Every different part of our world has the capacity to enthral. These are not the colours of Emmental, but they are the colours of the inland where water mostly moves upwards through the soil, or otherwise across the entire country in a flood.

And, how do I reassure you that snakes are only very occasionally seen in a lifetime. The few we see are the harmless varieties, such as the green tree snake or the large passive carpet python. They are not an issue even for me who has done a lot of hiking in the bush. Yes I am aware, and yes I know how to react should I ever encounter one. Yes and they do exist.

Some aboriginal women who live in close association with the semi-arid interior tell their "cheeky snake" stories to children, so that they know not to venture into certain parts of the semi-desert. But those stories are intended more to warn them from wandering in an area where at times there is only salty water, and therefore they could perish if they went there, than it is about the venomous desert taipan that exists there. It is more about "Cheeky Snake Country" than about "Cheeky Snakes".

All that aside, thanks for the awards.

My very best wishes to you, dear friend.


Ian Stehbens on March 19, 2010

Hello Fiala. Great to take you into the heart of Australia. Thanks for your appreciation.


Paul Strasser on March 30, 2010

Hi Ian,

I must commend you on this exceptional Channel Country series of yours. What an incredibly fascinating read it all is and what detail you've put into it, you really had me spellbound with every shot.

I expect to see your illustrated book at Borders and Dymocks soon. Australians love to read about their own country and you should be rewarded handsomely for all this :-)


Ian Stehbens on March 30, 2010

Dear Paul,

First of all thank you for your commendation and also for your recommendation! I am pleased that you have appreciated the text as well as the images.

But secondly, may I commend you for your work. This is the first time I have reviewed your gallery, and am I impressed! You may be an architect, I guess, for your architectural photography is stunning, and you have not uploaded a single second rate image. Marvellous. Your enjoyment of colour and design comes through many other wonderful images as well. Then there is your quite wide ranging travel photography both in Australia and internationally.

I appreciate your work very much.

So thanks for connecting. I'll say more on your site.

And as for the Channel Country, yes I did enjoy photographing from that altitude, and I look forward to some lower altitude flying as well as ground photography some time in the future. But as for the book - wouldn't that be great, but right now I have a few commitments keeping me out of mischief. But I have published and would love to again.




Olga I. Yakovenko on March 31, 2010

Beautiful! Colours are increadible! Olga

Ian Stehbens on March 31, 2010

Dear Olga,

This is the Australian interior, which is often called "The Red Centre" because of all the iron reds. The rivers carry the dark clays to spread on the plains and the golden grasses clothe it in a changing coloured garment.

Thanks for your response.


Bulbas on April 12, 2010

Fantastic landscape

Ian Stehbens on April 14, 2010

Indeed it is, Bulbas.

Australian greetings, my friend.


Bulbas on April 14, 2010

Yes, now so by the way, warm greetings from Australia, at us the spring not as does not wish to come, is still cool)

Thanks Ian!!!)

Ian Stehbens on April 17, 2010

I hope your Spring comes soon, and the floods will flood the marshes on the Don!!

It is beginning to cool here in the evenings, now.

But still warm regards from autumn in Sydney.


girolamo fedele on April 30, 2010

Very nice shot, regards From Sydney, Girolamo...

Ian Stehbens on October 21, 2011

Hi Girolamo,

Thanks for your visit and appreciation. I apologise for the long delay in responding. Greetings from Tonga. I'll be back in Sydney in a month or so.


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