Tanami Desert at the eastern end of Tjilapulpa (Mira Lakes), Northern Territory

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Tjilapulpa in Mangkururrpa Country, Northern Territory, Australia

Centre of photo geolocated. (Camera position 40 kms NE at 12000M altitude.)

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Comments (8)

*goran on January 2, 2013

Dear friend, I wish you health and love! Happy and successful New 2013th year! Greetings! like

bdeh on January 3, 2013

Beautiful picture, shapes and colours Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 3, 2013

Thank you Goran, and my desire for you is that you are fruitful and fulfilled throughout 2013. It is good to continue enjoying our photography and sharing an e-friendship through our common interest.

I also hope that one day that I meet you somewhere in Australia - perhaps not this far into the heart of the continent, but our hearts will be warmed if and when we do.


Geerten on January 3, 2013

very nice to see! I think you took it from the other side..?

Ian Stehbens on January 3, 2013

Thanks Geerten. Yes, It wss taken from the east. With aerials, I have found that most viewers prefer a centre-point location, whether the image is a vertical or an oblique view. Even Panoramio is beginning to acknowledge that with their spot locations (provided through the little red square) so I have begun to give in on aerials.

Perhaps I should remain a purist and go back to calculating the vertical position of the aircraft. After all the cameras with automatic GPS locators are going to use the intended system of geo-locating.

The other 2 images (preceding) of Macdonnell Ranges have benefitted from centre-point geolocation, for I have tested them with various family members, and all of them concur on this as being far more user friendly and readable.

I would be very interested in your considered response to this. Interested in discussion. Perhaps I should take it to a forum.

But back to your correction. With the lake as the obvious identifiable feature it might be best for me to revert to correct camera position... a long way (50kms, in fact) ENE! But then to most viewers there seems to be no correlation between GE image and photo image. I don't know.

Our altitude at the time was 12kms!


Erik van den Ham on January 4, 2013

Your picture of this area is so much better than the Google map! The richness and beautiful reddish colors, lines and lake make this great ..... as the group name says.....Australia is Awesome! even form high above!

Regards, Erik

Geerten on January 5, 2013

well Ian, I ám a purist in that respect. But... I have located my aerials often closer to the subject to get more chance of being detected. And often I mention the direction of the view. My recent photos of the coast south of Exmouth are indeed too close to the coast. If you know your way around in GE and in Panoramio, a we 2 do, the location is often difficult enough. For the ones that don't it is probably not of interest. Things to think about...

Ian Stehbens on January 5, 2013

Thank you Erik. I am delighted that you have felt a little of the awe I feel when travelling or flying across the Centre. The different tones and shades in this image all have meaning, and mostly that is to do with the incidence of fire.

There are extensive longitudinal dunes (the diagonal axis of this image is 30kms), saltpans, old channels as well as the main ephemeral lake that feature here. But the different areas of colour tell the story of past fires. The most recently burnt area is the area coloured orange in the background. In this case the fire was lit along a bore track and burnt away from the track into the far distance. The fire was lit by some local indigenous men whose vehicle had broken down. The fire raised the alarm, entertained them while they waited, and guaranteed some food supply by killing some animals and reptiles.

Indigenous occupation of the area has never been very often here, because there is an absence of freshwater lakes. Lakes that become salty are death traps for people who might stray or wander through the area. The local indigenous women refer to this tract as "cheeky snake country" in order to ensure that their people keep out of this area because of its lack of water.

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