Toffee Pool: Lake Boomanjin, Fraser Island

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pic.point on January 22, 2008

What a colours! Beautiful place and great shots, Ian.


Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2008

Thank you, Inessa. We don't paint with these colours very often, but we do love to cook with them!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 22, 2008

Red sands! What an amazing continent!

There is obviously great love in you for all of it. Thank you so much for showing it to us, Ian! If you allow, I'll have it on my desk of the laptop. Those colours and blue are my favourites and this photo shows the beauty of our planet! It's perfect in the colours and movements of the waves and sands and in your composition!


Ian Stehbens on January 23, 2008

Dear May,

I am quite overwhelmed by your gratitude and appreciation, for this photo in particular and its set in general.

I hold you in the highest regard as a landscape photographer and am honoured to have even one of my photographs regarded as a favourite by you.

Thankyou for being so gracious and for having the ability to see the beauty in our world, in images that we each receive and in other people.

You may indeed make this image your wallpaper on your laptop. I trust that the quality that I have uploaded is sufficient for your need. Each time you view it, dare to dream a little that it may be possible for you to see this part of the world that is so so different from the stunning and majestic landscapes and biomes in which you are fortunate to live.

A little more comment on the image may be of interest. Because Fraser Island is at the northern end of the "river of sand" that migrates northward along the east Australian coast, it is comprised of the cleanest and finest sand. As the silica sand is clear or white it moves quite freely in wave action and when dry, is moved by the wind. Only the finest of clay colloids are present, but these will accumulate at the surface of the water table, and eventually may begin to provide a film layer that can seal the sand and create a layer that traps new rainfall. In these resulting lakes, the water is remarkably clear, but where the swamp forests overflow water into the clear lakes, the stain of the tannin in the roots system of the swamp forest may add this golden stain to the water.

There is very little algae in the lakes for there is almost no nutrient in the water. Algae is usually an indicator that someone has been here adding their waste or shampoo to the water. So pristine is the whole sand/water system of Fraser Island that it takes little mindless behaviour to damage it.

This image is then an image of a very special ecosystem, but one that is highly vulnerable. It is an image that invites us to care about our world. It is an invitation to see beauty. Thankyou for accepting, May. You are a beautiful person.

Yours most sincerely, Ian

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 23, 2008

Thank you Ian, for your wonderful words, your encouragement and your information. Your photo as wallpaper is cheering up and reminding me of all which is necessary to be done for our environment. Your comment about Fraser Island and btw, the other ones before, which you so generously take the time to write, are wonderful. It's a bit like being there, at least to get an image of the region. Your caring for the environment is wonderful and encouraging. It provides us with new hopes, so that the next generations may find life worthwhile on our planet.

Thank you again, Ian!

My best wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on April 16, 2008

Dear Martin,

I appreciate your generous assessment and I am very very satisfied when some of my images work for others. Significance is important to me, so I guess my better images are ones that carry significant meaning, which I understand to correspond with your use of the term 'powerful photos'.

This particular picture and the ecosystem from which it comes are very significant to me. Not only is it beautiful and pristine but fragile.

Thankyou very much Martin.


Erik van den Ham on February 24, 2009

Great colours, toffee indeed it is. Thank you for your detailed descriptions on this wonderful Island. I really enjoy those stories which belong to a picture.They make a good picture, perfect.


Ian Stehbens on February 25, 2009

It is very special when the stories are shared and appreciated, Erik, for it is like a virtual being together, to witness and talk about these remarkable environments, or to see through another's eyes. Fraser Island is an easy place to love.



Erik van den Ham on February 25, 2009

I rest my case, you couldn't have been more accurate.


Hazel Coetzee on February 25, 2009

Beautiful resonant colours, Ian - also the way in which you have captured a fleeting moment in the sand patterns and ripples. Toffee has never looked this good!!

Another addition to MY FAVOURITES!

Congrats, once again, from Hazel

Margrit M. Berger (S… on April 22, 2013

My dear friend Ian, I do hope, this place, which you have been describing with so much love to nature and your great knowledge of geology and the sensitive correlations of our environment hasn't been affected by the foam which seems to be only a few miles away.

My warm regards to you and your family,


Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2013

I share your concern, dear May. Such pristine environments must not be despoiled! This image is of the water in a freshwater lake on Fraser Island in the midst of a protected wilderness. The incidence of the foam and algal blooms was in the open ocean, and I believe is largely a set of natural phenomena. But be assured the Lake Boomanjin is still as beautiful as ever - and as fragile as ever.

Thank you for your personal greetings, too.

In fellowship,


Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 28, 2013

Dear Ian, thank you for the good news about Lake Boomanjin!

I am sorry to hear about the fire desaster and hope it'll get under control soon.

My best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on October 28, 2013

Dear May,

How wonderful to be sending another short note to you. The fires in the Sydney region have been true disasters. Becuase we went to Sydney to work for years, we managed to leave a daughter behind and so she lives there still. Her husband has been one of the volunteer firefighters this last fortnight and seen the tragedy up close. Perhaps the worst affected area is Winmalee - Springwood - Yellow Rock and that is where my wife worked for 10 years, and she has a number of close contacts in the area still. A startling thing about this fire period is that this is October, and fire risk time is usually December at the earliest through to March. What lies ahead this summer?

I really appreciate your friendship, May.


Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 24, 2013

Dear Ian, it's very, very sad to hear about the fire disaster. I've had a look on GE and google to see the whereabouts and to get the latest informations.

I do hope from the bottom of my heart for a quiet and peaceful season, future and new hope for all the distressed people in misery in all the world!

My thanks and gratitude to you, dearest friend, for your great work,


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