Sydney Lights: North across the Harbour Bridge

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Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2008

This view from Sydney Tower looks north to the North Sydney financial district, its illuminations being reflected in Lavender Bay of the Parramatta River. The heavy traffic, inbound on the southern approaches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge leads the eye into the well lit CBD.

Antonietta * on September 27, 2008

Nice and interesting view Ian Can nearly see what is going on in the offices :) Cheers

Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2008

That was quick, Antonietta! I am pleased to take you up the tower for a look around. One can dine here in your choice of revolving restaurants or be more adventurous and go out in harness and gear onto the exterior of the tower for an unrestricted view and an experience for the rich and daring. There are many tourists who do this sort of thing, Antonietta. (But you have to be willing to ride in a small lift with a group of others and hope like hell that the lift doesn't break down. Very occasionally it does, and it isn't a good part of the experience. I know.)

Kindest regards, and I do hope that you can come for a visit, one day.


Antonietta * on September 27, 2008

Ian Thank for the invitation, although the views are magnificent, think that I will only reach a 4 or 5 storey :) Do not want to have a heart attack.... If I win the lottery, be sure that I will be going round the world for at least 5 years and sure will pay you a visit:) A cousin of mine did half of the world during 3 years and stayed at New Zealand until was admitted into Australia where stayed there during a year or so. To subsist, she worked occasionally in hospitals as surgery assistant. Now she is back to the routine in Cornwall. Best regards from the other side of the world.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 29, 2008

Great series of night photos, Ian! A very impressive site! You know so many places all around the world and what is even more important, you know the people as well. A dream!

Warm wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on September 30, 2008

Thank you so much again, dear May. I am delighted to share some of the artificial granduer of Sydney, though it can never compare with the granduer you look to from the Emmental. Your affirmations and encouragement are treasured. But believe me there are many people in this city I do not know, and quite a few I do not understand. But it is one place that pulses with life, and a place where I have been able to live life in many layers.

I realize we both love the rural scene, and apart from our respective home territories, Ireland and Scotland would have to be high on our mutual rankings. But which cities have you loved, May?


My warmest regards,


May M. B. (Swissmay) on October 1, 2008

Dear Ian, you have a remarkable talent in making people talk! ;) This must be a great advantage in your job! :) I love to answer to your postings, though I often neglect it, because I just don't find the time to do, as I wish.

To your question: I can adapt very easily in cities as well and feel familiar with the place, be it in a city or in the countryside. I stayed in Paris, London and Brussels and many smaller towns. But indeed, I love the countryside as much as you do, I believe. Yet I am open to any place and curious to discover and explore and learn about its geography, geology and developments of settlings and connected with it the human history.

I prefer cities, where I can follow their daily routine, much more than the seemingly historic places, which are carefully kept to attract tourists and which imho give a rather wrong view of reality. Oh, yes, they look beautiful with tidied up roads and squares and rich flowers and signs to guide the tourists to the places. They are museums in themselves and haven't much to do with life, like it used to be.

I love to watch craftsmen doing their everyday job, young women managing their two or three little children, people in a bistro, chatting and watching others pass by, who hurry to catch the bus - just the normal daylife... I love to get to know people, which I have never seen before and which I will probably never see again. I get easily into talks and I feel familiar with them.

I feel free and comfortable, because to a single stranger, who doesn't look to be a threat they give credit and forgive behaviour, which might seem unusual to them, because they don't expect me to know their habits.

When I was in Paris many, many years ago, I stayed in the Marais, a quarter in the East of the city and discovered, that the people living there, behave like people do in a village in the country. They meet the same people on the squares every day, have a chat and many of the older people have never been outside their town quarter. They have their own festivities and they were as hospitable to me, to a stranger, as people were in Anatolia, Syria, Italy, Spain etc. They same happened in London etc.

I avoid tourist places as much as I can, because instead of showing real life, they demonstrate life, as tourists expect it should be like.

That's in short what could fill many chapters. :)

Warm wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on October 1, 2008

We are kindred spirits, May. Oh, I am sure there are many differences of experience and of persuasion, of place and of engagement, but your delight in people, your love of place and your willingneess to engage I find most stimulating and delightful. Thank you for taking the time to express your feelings and summarize your rich experiences.

Your curiosity to explore 'geography, geology and developments of settlings and connected with it the human history' sounds just like me. Two of my principal publications were "The Changing Surface of the Earth" and "Settlement Patterns and Processes", and I offer this information merely to confirm that what you reveal about your own learning corresponds to some of my own major interests.

And then we both reveal all this in our photo folios. Well you do it, so amazingly and sensitively. I am so enthralled by the richness of images and moods that you convey, many from quite a restricted area. I tend to wander 1000s kms to compile my folio, though Panoramio friends have made me look more closely and at more detail or changing seasons.

I value your affirming conversations, your marvellous artistry with camera and your enjoyment of our world, which you sometimes express through symbols and engaging metaphor!

Most appreciatively,


May M. B. (Swissmay) on October 3, 2008

Dear Ian, thank you so much for your beautiful words! It's marvellous to meet someone like you with similar interests apart from photography.

I am thrilled that you wrote those publications and tried to find them in a bookshop, though since 1978 you may have come to new conclusions owing to the changes. If I get the chance, I'll try at the library in England or we just exchange some thoughts here.

I am very happy to find in you a friend and master in art as well as in science!

Warm wishes, May

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