Tonga's Coral Coast: Houma, Tongatapu

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Comments (57)

Amelia Royan on November 30, 2010

Congratulations to our now famous Australian friend. I hope you didn't get writer's cramp! I agree - infinitely better than a win on Panoramio :)

Ian Stehbens on November 30, 2010

Thank you Potoka - Tonga does have some spectacular and colourful scenery. Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on November 30, 2010

It is Panoramio and all our friends, Amelia that inspired, taught an encouraged me - especially those who have an artistic flair like you, dear friend. I still remember my earliest engagement with you when you spoke about your pottery class and I tried to imagine what you looked like and what style of pottery you might be producing! Eventually, I was taken into a most beautiful and creative English garden - a famous one and met again its famous gardener!

But btw don't overestimate the fame - Tonga isn't very big and isn't likely to make me rich or famous! But I am having fun.

I shook the writer's cramp off on the flight back.

Warmest regards,


Amelia Royan on November 30, 2010

And now I've just hit that VOTE button :))

Ian Stehbens on November 30, 2010

We are not trying to win, remember, Amelia. Thanks all the same. Warmest regards to warm the Heaths, hearth and heart.


Nick Weall on November 30, 2010

I'm just in time to vote ~ even if you don't want to win Ian :))) ~ your other success sounds infinitely better ~ well done ~ friendly greetings ~ nick

gezginruh on November 30, 2010

Voted of course.

Most friendly. GGR

Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2010

Hi Nick! I am back in Oz at least, though not yet at home and not on my computer. Thanks for the vote for this beautiful and pristine coast deserves to be recognized - there is much drama and great variety along this stretch of coast. the blowholes in the fringing reef being part of its performance.

And as for my 'agent', I trust he has some success with his business. Landscape photographs don't have much appeal to Tongans generally, but the expatriate community, business and diplomatic community and perhaps some tourists may be his customers.

All the best,


Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2010

Dear ,

I have enjoyed your recent uploads and will find time once I settle back at home to chat with you about them. Sorry that this requires patience of you, but I look forward to resuming regular communication with you now that I am back from Tonga. Thanks for the vote, for I regard itr as an affirmation of the Tongan landscapes.

Warmest regards from Sydney,


odeveld on December 3, 2010

Hello Ian Stehbens,

This is a good photo!!!! Nice work!!! LIKE!!

Regards, Odeveld

Ian Stehbens on December 7, 2010

Dear Odeveld,

Thanks for the compliments and encouragement. It is a wonderful coastline for photographers, with plenty of variety, surprises, colour and awe!

Warm regards,


zanot10 - NO VIEWS on December 7, 2010

splendid image! LIKE!

Greetings Z.

* Sayo * on December 7, 2010




Ian Stehbens on December 8, 2010

Thank you Zanot. These blowholes are impressive phenomena, and the colours are very appealing. Glad you enjoyed it.


Ian Stehbens on December 8, 2010

Thank you Sayo. Tonga is a beautiful part of the Pacific. Kind regards,


Bogdan Var on August 13, 2013

Nice photo like

이양훈 on February 19, 2015

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