Tonga is not a monochrome!

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Comments (16)

Liviu Chirilă on July 27, 2008

Wonderful colors, Ian. I like the title a lot :)) Liviu

Ian Stehbens on July 28, 2008

Thank you Liviu. I had not seen this combination of colours in an orchid before.


EVA_L on July 29, 2008

This orchid is great, Yan! Wonderful, bright colours and original combination!

Dear Yan, really there is a snow in Sidney?!

Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on July 29, 2008

Dear Eva,

I did not see the snow, or the hail or the sleet whatever it was but it fell in two different parts of the city, I am told. It certainly was cold enough. I have been here 14 years and there has never been snow here before, though in the higher country not far away, snow falls about once every five winters.

Today was sunny and mild, thankfully.

You have a remarkable news service for Australia seems to regularly be on your news, Eva. Here we only ever hear of Kiev when a Chernobyl disaster happens.

And I would prefer the colourful orchids to be blooming in the garden rather than having snowy conditions making things unpleasant.

Warm (as warm as around the fireplace) greetings from Sydney,


Elemér NO VIEWS on July 30, 2008

This orchid is wonderful! Is in nursery only at us


Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2008

Thanks for your response, Elemér. This orchid was growing in an open garden.

I am preparing to fly to Indonesia in a few hours, so I will be away for 3 weeks. I'll be back to see your new pictures and with some from my Indonesian work.



rlzzza on August 1, 2008


Tamás Borbély on August 3, 2008

Very beautiful flower and excellent photo Ian ! Kindest regards, Tamás

"Cuky"/A.S.G."NO VIE… on August 4, 2008

Very beautiful composition and beautiful conjuntode flowers. Congratulations of Antonio, from Spain.

Luud Riphagen on August 7, 2008

A very nice combination this beautiful coloured orchid in contrast with the pastel backround. Very well done Ian!! Greetings Luud

Ian Stehbens on August 16, 2008

Hi Luud, Antonio, Tamás and Raz,

In returning to Panoramio after my absence in Indonesia for a while, it is really very special to receive responses from Netherlands, Spain, Hungary and Malaysia! It is a great network of friends that we have built together. Thanks for your thoughts, assessments and affirmations.



Marilyn Whiteley on August 16, 2008

Welcome back, Ian!

©Würmer on August 16, 2008

...das waren aber sehr kurze "3 Wochen," Ian, und 'kühl' (unter 10 C Grad nachts) ist es inzwischen bei uns auch schon wieder... "Summer's Over!

Ian Stehbens on August 18, 2008

But what a life you live, Ian: summer in Bavaria and winter in Texas.

Ah but summer's coming, here. All our bulbs are blooming profusely, especially the perfumed frisias, so now the wattles fill the air and frisias dress the ground and the pruned roses are sprouting.

And I have had my fill of 3 Wochen at latitude 5S. Makassar is such a hot city!


Flavio Tissot on February 24, 2012

Maravilhoso, parabéns!!! Abraço desde Brasil.

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2012

Thank you, Flavio. Best wishes,


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Photo taken in Sia'atoutai Theological College, Hihifo Road, Sia'atoutai, Tonga

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