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Yamdena Island - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 12 September 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I return to my cruise ship adventures onboard the Orion. After departing West Papua and the Asmat, we crossed the Arafura Sea to the Tanimbar Islands. Still part of Indonesia, this island group is on the edge of the Banda Sea. The expedition plan was to land on Yamdena Island - famous for its ancient stone stairway leading up from the beach.

However, in remote places such as this, sea and tide can be hard to predict. Unfortunately, on the day we arrived, the outer reef was too dangerous for a Zodiac crossing. We were unable to visit the village of Sangliat Dol. Disappointing for the villagers as well - since they had prepared an elaborate welcome.

On the other side of the island in calmer water, the captain spotted a fishing village. We decided to land. Even among friends, surprise visits are not always welcome! Walking up from the beach, we were unsure what type of reception awaited us. To see what happened next, please join me on my tour of the village.

NIKON D5000 1/80 second F/14.0 ISO 200 18 mm

yalda from Iran

lovely horizon & nice sky
beautiful colors

12 Sep 2012 5:12am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great pov, I'm looking forward to what happens next !

12 Sep 2012 7:00am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

12 Sep 2012 7:00am

Sebastien from Geneva, Switzerland

Wow! Splendid! The water is amazing!!!
I like the touch of red/orange colour to balance the whole picture...

12 Sep 2012 7:53am

tataray from france, France

Gros plan .... mais magnifique profondeur d'image.
Le ciel attrayant... Belle capture.)

12 Sep 2012 7:54am

arvin from sari, Iran

Very very nice
Excellent shot

12 Sep 2012 8:43am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very nice, the colors of the sea and sky are beautiful. The framing is superb with Zodiac in the foreground.

12 Sep 2012 8:43am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a gorgeous place-can you feel the envy oozing out of the screen?!

12 Sep 2012 8:44am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful photo all in different and dreaming blues ...!!!

12 Sep 2012 9:02am

romina from tehran, Iran

you are niceee Stephen !!!!!!!!!

12 Sep 2012 9:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Fun !

12 Sep 2012 9:27am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Good lord!
The sea is so pristine!
The sand is so white.
Like a paradise!

12 Sep 2012 9:31am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

WooooooooW!!! Ready for motion ...Lets go

12 Sep 2012 9:44am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Super framing in super angle ! Water color and sky are so pretty !

12 Sep 2012 9:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The suspension is killing :) Lovely viewpoint

12 Sep 2012 9:59am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Les couleurs...AH.... les couleurs...que c'est beau!

12 Sep 2012 10:16am

Moein from Tehran, Iran

Very Very right and beautiful,
very good ..

12 Sep 2012 10:35am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's a shame you weren't able to visit the village. I'm curious - how many people were on the cruise. I'm thinking it must've been fairly for small if they were going to transfer all the passengers on zodiacs.

12 Sep 2012 11:05am

@Jason Politte: Yes, a small group of 60 on this cruise so the Zodiacs could go to and fro from ship to shore. The Orion takes a maximum of about 100 passengers.

Emma G from Canberra, Australia

beautiful photo & great intro to your new photo series - I'm looking forward to hearing about what happened next :)

12 Sep 2012 1:08pm

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

Great shot!

12 Sep 2012 1:13pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting shot and story.

12 Sep 2012 1:55pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaa!!! très beau ton cadrage et quelle superbe vue!! j'adore+++++

12 Sep 2012 2:23pm

Visu...Elle Photography from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I love colors of the sea !

12 Sep 2012 2:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow, this has the aesthetics of a paradise... superb shot, and I sense another fine series coming on !

12 Sep 2012 2:30pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful photo !

12 Sep 2012 3:33pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the pov and the colors

12 Sep 2012 4:19pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible sky and clouds! The water's deep blue color makes this a very inviting place to be and relax.

12 Sep 2012 4:33pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

The sky and water are just amazing! I am anxious to se and hear more on your tour.

12 Sep 2012 5:00pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Fabulous, great clarity and colours and a stunning vista

12 Sep 2012 6:05pm

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Beautiful composition... with beautiful colors and i love the view!

12 Sep 2012 7:09pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic tropical capture and adventure ... the boats really stand out against the turqouise water... I look forward to the series.

12 Sep 2012 8:02pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant compo, very effective dof, great colours ... and an exciting beginning of a story i want to hear and see more about ...

12 Sep 2012 8:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A diesel outboard? Haven't seen that before. A gorgeous image.

12 Sep 2012 10:16pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning sea view ... the sky and water colors are really impressive !!! Fabulous shot ...

12 Sep 2012 11:30pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! The water and the clouds here are amazing! What beautiful scenery! Gorgeous!

13 Sep 2012 12:13am

1/80 second
ISO 200
18 mm