Summer Snow, Guyra: winddrift against the fence

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Ian Stehbens on September 6, 2008

Dear Kasia,

My ancestors came from Oborniki near Poznan, and when they settled in Queensland they had to begin clearing the land and making fences. And the fences defined their new realm, where no one was their master. And the women gathered seeds and borrowed cuttings from others to beautify their new land. Hence fences and exotic daisies now define the past and the making of Australia's rural landscapes.


Andreas Jendrichowsk… on December 14, 2008

Hi Ian,

i like this picture! Very nice shot!

Beautiful perspective and a great point of focus!

Best wishes from Germany/NRW,Andreas

Ian Stehbens on December 15, 2008

Thanks Andreas. It is fun to use the telephoto lens for it allows me to ensure only a very limited depth of field, as in this case. Pity that such a nice image is not acceptable landscape for GE. But at least our network of friends can enjoy it.

Warm regards,


eehrindi on January 26, 2010

Very important cultural referencing My ancestors ditto from Germany I have a photo of my grandmother with this daisy in her hat fields now covered in them as invasive weeds - did they bring the seeds with them?

Ian Stehbens on January 27, 2010

Someone did! Probably many. Maybe your great great grandmother in the 1850s.

Seeds were precious for many migrants, for they were light to carry, lasted the months of voyage, represented hope and some of the seeds translocated successfully.

Later seeds were often sent in envelopes from folks at home to those who wrote home saying how they missed the colours or the flowers or the familiar.

Heather sprigs dried well and were sent in almost every communication from Scotland to Australia, and were then added to photo displays behind the glass later.

I am very pleased that this Guyra photo has meant something precious to you.


白云黑土 on April 21, 2013

Nice capture! Beautiful shot!


Greetings, baiyunheitu

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2013

Thank you very much, baiyunheitu. This a classic piece of rural Australia. Receive this bunch of flowers as a gift of friendship.


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