Coastal Drama, Tonga

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Barbara-LAKE- on December 12, 2010


Ian Stehbens on December 12, 2010

Thank you Barbara. I, like you, enjoy photographing the moods and drama displayed by nature. Warm regards,


beegood on December 12, 2010

Dramatic indeed Ian! Are the waves always like this on this spot? How many yeares will they take to eat up the cliff??? Beautiful capture, thank you dear friend!

Love, Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on December 13, 2010

Thanks for appreciating the drama here, Maja. The waves while having destructive force, are actually contributing to the building of this reef platform! The surging surf is oxygenated in all this turmoil, and that is what the coral polyps and algae thrive on. Thus the rims and faces that you see here are actually growing in these conditions! Interesting, isn't it?

When I visit this area, I both watch particular sites for long periods, or go exploring for new spots that give me another impression of this fascinating coast.

Warmest greetings,


Ian Stehbens on December 13, 2010

Big waves, bold reef, wonderful coast. Great to share it with you, Margaritha. Ian

dywin on December 22, 2010


Ian Stehbens on December 23, 2010

Thanks dywin. I appreciate you letting me know too.


♫ Swissmay on December 24, 2010

Dear Ian, I love to see, hear and feel the dramatic roaring sea, trying to eat up the coast, eventually bringing the rocks and sand to some other places in the eternal game of nature!

Sorry to have neglected you and my other friends so badly, I will come back to enjoy your pages as thea deserve it! All my best wishes to you and your family for the coming days and the future! Warmest wishes, May

ԁk‒cam on December 24, 2010

Amazing shot. L

Greetings from Denmark, Finn

Ian Stehbens on December 27, 2010

Thanks Finn. It has been a while, But forgive me for I spend quite a piece of each year serving in other places, including Tonga. Glad you like this.

All the best for 2011.


Ian Stehbens on December 27, 2010

Dear May,

Your interaction is special from my perspective and it is always appreciated. The many demands on your time in maintaining your photographic hobby in the midst of travel and home responsibilities is fully respected too.

Thank you for your continuous display of artistry, photography, and love of that wonderful homeland and for your sensitivity to both people and nature.

The desire to keep in touch is mutual. Thank you for your faithfulness. May you have a wonderful, fruitful and fulfilling 2011.


Olga I. Yakovenko on January 2, 2011

An increadible capture of the wave! Bravo! Olga

Hubs56 on January 22, 2011

a powerful moment Ian

kind regards, Hubs

Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2011

Greetings Olga. When you are impressed than I am very pleased, for you are a most adventurous woman, and you have had the privilege of seeing the remarkable images from your son in his sea-kayak in Kamchatka. So when you say this is incredible I am happy. Thanks indeed.


Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2011

I appreciate your appreciation, Hubs. It is a dramatic coast.

Warm regards from Brisbane.


Dragisa Petrovic on April 5, 2011


klaus040 on April 5, 2011

Thanks for the explanations to this fascinating natural wonder, Ian. Amazing photo!

Greetings, Klaus

Ian Stehbens on April 6, 2011

Thanks Deep21.

Ian Stehbens on April 6, 2011

Hello Klaus. The coasts of Tonga are fascinating - so much unexpected and so much that is unique. Glad that my explanations help one to understand.

Warm regards,


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