Toffee and Caramel Abstract: Lake Boomanjin, Fraser Island

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Comments (10)

EVA_L on January 21, 2008

Is it realy a water? Fantastic! Bravo, Yan! Eva

Marilyn Whiteley on January 21, 2008

Ian, your semi-abstracts give a beautiful glimpse of a place I wanted to go but couldn't get to. Marilyn

Rafal Ociepka on January 22, 2008

it's just beautiful. Congratulations, Ian

juan jose romero on January 22, 2008

and honey...: toffee and caramel and honey.... beautiful, beautiful series! Juan José

Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2008

Hi Rafal and Juan José,

It is great to hear from you both. Thankyou for the congratulations and the special appreciation that you have both expressed.

This set of semi-abstracts has been among my favourite photos ever since I saw them on the screen after the day in the field. They haven't been uploaded for I was largely offering what I thought GE might select. However it has been the communication with the whole network that has finally enticed me to share my more creative and artistic images.

So thankyou both for your part. Juan José, your portfolio is just so wonderful. You will remember that I said it was different from that of most of us for your use of colour and composition was different. Then you told me about your website for you were a painter - an artist. Then I understood. So you may accept these images of mine as a gift.

Rafal, I trust you received my earlier message appreciating your sensitivity to others and your generosity of spirit. It is a joy to say it again.


Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2008

Dear Marilyn,

Thankyou so much for your regular conversation. That you are often the first to respond to many of us in the network is very much appreciated. I value your affirmation, but it is your shared and common values that I appreciate deeply. I love your joy of place, and your rich experience of this wonderful world. I would willingly be your escort and guide to Fraser Island, if only the opportunity were to arise!

Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2008

Hello, again Eva,

While I marvel at the ice pictures on your balcony window because they are so stunningly new to me, I can understand your surprise at these special glimpses of my world. Yes, this series of pictures was taken on Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. Here there is very little earth material other than silica sand, and therefore the water is very very clear. The surface of the water here is just evident at the top centre of the image, where you may see a tiny ripple ring. This water was about 1 metre deep and I did not need to use a polarizing filter (I don't own one), for the water was so clear that one simply sees beneath it as if it isn't there. The colour is stain from the roots of trees that grow in or near the water. It is quite different water from that which you would see in the Dnepr everyday.

I am delighted that you Wow these!

Sincere greetings, Yan.

juan jose romero on January 22, 2008

Dear Ian, ever since I first saw your photos they all have been beautiful gifts to me. But I'll yellow-star this series and keep it as your personal gift. And you yourself are the best gift, THANKS!

Palmina Moore on January 22, 2008

Lovely shot Ian nice additions to the series. I hope there is still something left of Fraser Island after all the raging storms that's been happening up there. My neighbour goes to Fraser every year. He loves the place.


Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2008

Think Baw Baw to the power of 10. That's Fraser Island! I hope you have your heart set on Kata tjuta for this winter, Palmina, but then you can start dreaming and planning Fraser Island. I'm happy to be your 4WD driver!


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