Roper River, Northern Territory

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Comments (20) on May 18, 2013

Glad to see your photography again, Ian!

Greetings, Inessa

Maja Weidemueller on May 18, 2013

Fascinating, isn't it? to see the changing face of mother earth ........

Geerten on May 19, 2013

simply great!!

Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2013

Dear Inessa,

You are back: and I am back. And this was photographed on my flight to Europe. I am so pleased to be reconnected. I throroughly enjoyed the flight along this northern coast of Australia.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2013

Maya, I am having to learn a German keyboard in order to respond to your comment!!! The dynamics and the designs of the earth'S processes are that which generate the beauty we see and the wonderings that are the basis for our awe...but then dynamics and design are the essence of wonderful relationships also.

Thankyou for all that you have contributed to our common joy.


Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2013

Did you ever explore some of the Roper River catchment, Geerten, when you were in OZ? It is not an area that I have travelled on land, but have always enjoyed the area from maps, and now from the air.


Geerten on May 21, 2013

I was at Mataranka and a bit further east, that is it. But I read Kings in Grass Castles, so...

Brian Gymer on May 22, 2013

Ian,it's the only way to see it.Like.

Regards Brian.

GasGasL€X on May 25, 2013

One of those great shots...lovely image...Cheers, ~Lex

bdeh on June 11, 2013

LIKE, greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on June 12, 2013

Dear Geerten,

I am back from my wanders in Netherlands and other places. I always try to book a window seat when flying in daylight for I do enjoy reading the landscapes from above. Thanks for your love of Australia.


Ian Stehbens on June 12, 2013

It certainly is a great way to see it Brian for one gets to read the geomorphology so clearly. Glad to share this with you. Thanks for the appreciation.



Ian Stehbens on June 12, 2013

Thanks for your appreciation of this image, Lex. We had clear skies all the way from Brisbane to Darwin, so I had my nose and lens to the window all the way!


Ian Stehbens on June 12, 2013

Thanks Berend. And this river is a bird paradise provided they don't mind sharing it with a crocodile or three.


Fritz77 on June 25, 2013

Hi Ian, can imagine you've enjoyed a clear day's flight on this beautiful route. I also love the Brisbane-Singapore flight, but also the Melbourne-Singapore flight for their great views of northern Australia. It shows the beauty and size of this truly special part of the world, which so far has been spared of many of civilisations impacts. Looking forward to exploring more of it on the ground.

Ian Stehbens on June 26, 2013

I find myself glued to the window on all my daylight flights, Fritz, and once upon a time I would have an atlas with me if flying an unfamiliar route. Nowadays the flight monitor allows me to record the route and research location of images readily on return to my desk. (I don't have a GPS built in to my camera as yet, and then I am not sure whether we are allowed to use GPS cameras when inflight.)

I was a little frustrated recently on a Helsinki-Singapore daylight flight. The cabin crew routine was to send us all to bed with shutters down for a magnificent flight over Afghanistan and northern Pakistan! I had to put a blanket over my head and jam the blanket into the window shade!

Thanks for sharing in our common interest.

All the best,


Fritz77 on June 26, 2013

I can feel your frustration ... especially on a route like that! Would have done the same Ian, Cheers Fritz

Ian Stehbens on June 27, 2013

Dear Fritz,

I would have expected that Finnair would have done a little better on designing cabin schedules to minimize jetlag for its passengers especially when flying long haul west-east route. We had exactly the same schedule as we did flying west, with the result that on arrival in Singapore at 1630 hrs we were being fed breakfast at 1400 hours! Being put to bed inflight through the day means that you are awake for the night on arrival, and go to sleep when you want to do business.

Perhaps I should email Finnair!


Fritz77 on June 28, 2013

You probably should Ian. I've been flying between Europe and Australia countless times now, and quite a few times I've encountered the same problem. I've developed my own routine now so that I don't get jetlag anymore ... and it certainly doesn't fit with that of some airlines (even though I have to say the more recent flights with Emirates have been pretty goo .. although their route is nowhere near as exciting). The schedule you discribe above certainly seems very silly to be putting anyone to bed. Cheers, Fritz

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2013

I did, Fritz and I got warm and appreciative responses from their PR people, but I wonder whether it will avail anything. You will have to let me know if you ever fly Finnair in your travels to Europe and back.


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