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©Toodleberry on July 9, 2008

I zoomed in and indeed the moth is slurpin' up some delish mum nectar. MMMMmmmmm. Is this moth edible? (Just kidding ;D)


Ian Stehbens on July 10, 2008

Are yes, the birds think he is a sweet thing! Particularly after a slurping on nectar all day. I think that is why they leave him until night to feed on him.


Liviu Chirilă on July 10, 2008

Wonderful macro series, Ian! Best wishes, Liviu

Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2008

It always delights me to hear from you Liviu. Thanks for the affirmation.

You have been quiet lately, for there have not been any new uploads. That's is ok, but I look forward to seeing more of your creativity.

Warmest regards,


yves floret on July 12, 2008

Beautiful capture Ian. Well done.

Greetings. Yves

Ian Stehbens on July 12, 2008

Thank you , Yves. It is special to be able to enjoy each others moments in our beautiful world.


Stéphane . on July 13, 2008

Une bien jolie photo Ian !!

. Stef .

Ian Stehbens on July 13, 2008

Dear Stef,

I had a wonderful time in Tonga. There are some great moments in the great outdoors coming yet, and some more wonderful macro images from the gardens to share.

I am really glad you like this one, and that you let me know.

Kind regards,


Zabb Csaba on July 13, 2008

Excellent macro with stunning colours. Great work!

Greetings from Hungary, Csaba

lavieorange on July 16, 2008

It's really a very beutiful macro ! The colours are effectly stunning... Kind regards.lavieorange.

Ian Stehbens on July 16, 2008

Dear Csaba and lavieorange,

You both are good photographers, and I like lavieorange's macro photos too, so I am honoured by you both. Thanks so very much. And greetings from the other end of the world.


Andreas Wiesner on July 19, 2008

Great Macro Ian Well done!!

Cheers, Andreas!

M and R on July 19, 2008

Love this photo. R

Ian Stehbens on July 19, 2008

Hi Andreas - this was in Tonga - so I guess you have seen some Tongan images. When I went to 'Eua, you were with me, brother, I assure you. And there will be more uploads including one of the Basilica for you, before I'm done with Tonga.

Kind regards,


And I am always delighted when you enjoy something, Robyn, and I am so thrilled for your whole life seems to be mostly joys.


Art Anderson on December 7, 2009

Ian, I can see this blown up to eight feet along the long axis and hanging in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. The look is so sophisticated and the asymetric but balanced composition would make this a good addition to MOMA, I think. Best regards. -Art

Ian Stehbens on December 10, 2009

Dear Art,

This morning my wife and I are going to visit the Gallery of Modern Art GOMA on the Southbank, Brisbane. Perhaps I shuold take this file on USB and put your suggestion to them!! Otherwise I should employ you as a consultant when I set up my own small gallery!! Thanks sincerely for the affirmation.

Warmest greetings from a southern summer.


janacereid on January 14, 2010

Hi Ian I thought I would check out the calendar photos so I knew what was in store for me when I got back to Caloundra. Bring on Tonga!!!!. I loved this photo (no news to you !!) Isn't nature incredible! Have you thought of photographing the Glasshouse Mountains? They hold some special memories for me. Each time I went overseas and returned to Maleny, I looked out over the glasshouse Mnts and said 'wow' that is beautiful. On my pastoral visits I often called on people who lived on Mountain View Rd facing the G. M. nedless to say - more memories! I'll keep looking and enjoying. Jan

Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2010

Dear Jan,

Of course I am delighted that you are both excited by the possibility of a holiday in Tonga, and by the calendar. I often have silent conversations with specific friends when I am creating photos and as you imply above, you can be confident that with this image you have always been in mind. Yellow, I think is one of our key words! Yellow coryopsis, yellow wattle, yellow pansies, yellow chrysanthemums, yellow dress!

The GHMs: I thought as much, without quite putting the words in your mouth... well, the location at least. They were a bit far from Sydney before, and they require a special lighting to give an effective image, but now it is more likely. Just need some fogs, thunderstorms clearing just before sunset, a stunning sunrise or a dressing of snow!


janacereid on January 15, 2010

Dear Ian I see you are good at reading my mind!! I wonder why? Would be really interested when you have time in seeing your photographic results of the GHMs.
Thanks for considering it. Jan

janacereid on January 15, 2010

Dear Ian

Forgot to mention that I have been saving some photos to favourites, but can't the 'favourite' file. Don't worry - will keep looking. Jan

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