Welcome to Winter in Sydney: Gold Gold Gold

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Flavio Snidero on June 8, 2008

Hello Ian. It's a first time that I come to find and meet you; it is a very pleasure because you have got a beautiful gallery. I like a lot this pic because it remembers me my unforgettable visit in Australia (and its colours) where my relatives are living. That's why I have put your gallery among my favourits.

Unforgettable Australia

Best regards. Ciao dall'Italia. Flavio

Ian Stehbens on June 8, 2008

It is wonderful to meet you, Flavio, and thank you for responding to this image that I took yesterday. I appreciated the link you gave me to Unforgettable Australia. You certainly are a competent photographer, and you have had a very special time in Australia.

I noticed that you clearly enjoyed Sydney, and the flight over the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell was certainly a great decision. I also like the variety of images from aerials and landscapes to flowers and chillies!

I am preparing to fly out to Tonga in the morning so I cannot spend any more time with Panoramio at the moment, but I promise to explore your gallery more closely and to comment on quite a range of your images...and that will be on your other images as well as your Australian ones.

Please accept my humble thanks for including my album among your favourites. Panoramio challenges me to not only try for good photos but also to create a variety of genres and topics, for the sake of the diversity of friends. Thank you for connecting with me. I have added your collection into my favourites also for I do want to keep contact with you into the future.

Kindest regards from Sydney,


lavieorange on June 8, 2008

Beautil yellow macro !

☼Tanya Buncheva on June 8, 2008

This happens in your Winter? It`s like our Spring! Greetings, Tanya

Ian Stehbens on June 8, 2008

Dear Tanya and lavieorange,

Thank you for your comments. It is true that this is winter activity for many of our plants. While the plants are evergreen, there are some that flower in one season, and others in other seasons. Then there are some that flower several times in the year, usually after there has been rain.

I became aware through Panoramio, that some of our friends in Europe thought our winter was like theirs, with ice and snow and absence of flowers. So I had to photograph these the other day, as June is the official beginning of winter here.

My best wishes to you both,


Luud Riphagen on June 9, 2008

Unbelieveble winter in Sydney at the same time we're looking up for a nice and warm summer. Wonderful shot Ian, I like the yellow green colours of an Acia. Greetings Luud

Rafal Ociepka on June 9, 2008

Winter? You are lucky man! :-)

Nice photo, I like it

Take care

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2008

Dear Luud and Rafal,

Thanks for your responses and greetings. I have been travelling and working in Tonga for the last two weeks and therefore haven't been on the web. But I am creating some more special images of Tonga to share with you when I am back home in Sydney.

Kindest regards,


May Margrit B. (Swis… on June 28, 2008

How very beautiful, soft and special! I fly over to Australia just to see and enjoy them, if my magic carpet will take me there.

Thank you for your inspiring comment, Ian! Greetings of friendship, May

Ian Stehbens on June 30, 2008

Greetings again, dear May. I am just back from Tonga and Brisbane, so I have much catching up to do. While many flowers are blooming here, as the winter is very mild, however, having just returned from a Tongan winter, I am funding it very cold in Sydney tonight. Everything is relative!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you did ride that magic carpet all the way here, the wind in your hair and joy in your heart!

Thankyou for your visit and for sharing your images of Scotland, May.


May Margrit B. (Swis… on June 30, 2008

I have only just returned from the UK and there are only 5 photos from Scotland on Panoramio of my recent stay up to now. I have travelled all around Scotland. But then I have still the photos from Ireland 2007 and El Hierro of this Spring, which I wanted to put up first. I'll never catch up. :))

My best regards, May

Hi Ian! I love acacias very much!!!

This capture is so good!!!

Greetings from Greece, Kostas

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Ian Stehbens on July 1, 2008

Thank you indeed, Kostas. And it is very special to receive a greeting from you. Warm regards from Sydney.


Amelia Royan on December 22, 2008

Good morning Ian. Is this Mimosa? If it is, then I can almost smell my Aunt's house at Christmas time, and of course France. Lovely photo.

Greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on December 22, 2008

Good evening, Amelia! I am not sure which particular Acacia this is. Its blossom is quite like Acacia podalyriifolia, otherwise known here as Queensland Silver Wattle, but Silver Wattle has rounded silver leaves. Its flowers also remind me of A. dealbata, which has more fernlike leaves. But I don't know just which species it is. It is often referred to as a Mimosa by European visitors, but I do not believe it is a true mimosa.

When I was first in the south of France I well remember discovering "our" native wattles cultivated in interesting places. Acacia dealbata which has similar blooms but very different foliage was seen around Nice, for example. We felt that twinge of 'home', and of course we picked some and it remained on our dashboard for the remainder of our time "on the continent".

And where does your Aunt live, Amelia?

Warmest greetings,


Amelia Royan on December 22, 2008

She lived nowhere more exotic than Birminham - so do I hear you laughing there Ian? She loved the smell of Mimosa, and we used to take her flowers if we went to visit at Christmas. The leaves on the Mimosa are touch sensitive, and fold up when they are stroked.

Greetings, Amelia

Ghiocela on December 24, 2008

I like a lot this photo! YS!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ian! Best wishes, Simona

Ian Stehbens on December 24, 2008

Dear Simona and Amelia,

Have a wonderful Christmas and I trust that 2009 is a very fulfilling and fruitful year for you both, and for your families.

Thank you for your Panoramio friendship, and I look forward to many more of your photos and to more chats.

Kindest regards,


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Photo taken in Hilder Road Reserve, Ermington NSW 2115, Australia

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