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Smoking Cave, a vertical sinkhole 170M deep, 'Eua, Tonga

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Comments (10)

Maja Weidemueller on September 21, 2010

The earth is so unbelievably vivid where you are dear Ian, it is almost threatening ~ Gaia resurrecting ~ thank you for sharing ~ love ~ Maja ~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 25, 2010

It is very raw, Maja. The extensive coral reefs and the uplifted coral islands are being sculpted into special landscapes, as here at this sink hole.

Then there are the grand events that keep happening: tectonic uplift, hurricanes, earthquakes, tremors, volcanic eruptions and tsunami - all part of this Kingdom's geography.

This sink hole stunned me.

But in other images is the evidence of the uninterrupted fetch for thousands of Km that creates the free waves that arrive against the coast, passing across the Tonga Trench before reaching the islands. Then, in silence, they encounter the vertical cliffs and EXPLODE!

~~~ Ian ~~~

Maja Weidemueller on September 25, 2010

Suppose the dimensions of events on this spot are far beyond wht we humans can comprehend ~ not intellectually abuat in terms of Creation, aren't they...

~~~ Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2010

Yes indeed. I was stunned by its depth and its vertical walls. (Two days earlier my mother had walked up here 2km, and down to this vantage point - and I thought she had simply gone for a short walk along the road through the forest!!)

It is yet another awesome gem, Maja.


Maja Weidemueller on October 2, 2010

Unbelievable, I admire your mom every day more, she must be incredibly fit! It's the power of love that renders so much strength I think....

~ Maja ~

Ian Stehbens on October 12, 2010

Hi Maja, I think it might be partly the genes she wears! I like to hope that she has passed some of them on to me. How is the new term shaping up?


KelvinRose on February 12, 2011

And I saw that before you did, Ian!

Ian Stehbens on February 12, 2011

You did indeed, and I had no idea how far you had gone or the dangerous place you had been!! It certainly stunned me when I saw this shaft!!

Mirka Schärfnerová on March 18, 2011

Thank you for the excellent description of your photos! L + FP

Ian Stehbens on March 23, 2011

Greetings Mirka. I enjoy providing information to go with many of my photos, for it enriches the viewer's encounter with the place. I am very pleased by your encouragement to continue.

Warm regards,


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