Sydney Olympic Park : The Green Olympics.

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This abstract image, is based on a photograph of algae growth in the run-off water from the Sydney Olympic Park. Runoff water is collected in a former brickworks quarry, and from there it is treated and recycled.

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Comments (9)

EVA_L on February 25, 2009

Fantastic picture, Yan! What is it? It looks very enigmatic and less similar to Olympic Park :)

Warm regards, Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2009

The Green Olympics: Water Recycling

Green algal-bloom in the reservoir of runoff water from Sydney Olympic Park. This image looking down from above and colour enhanced reveals both the surface and the depth of the algal bloom. Such an intensively used site as Sydney Olympic Park generates much nutrient that will flow into this runoff reservoir. Sydney Olympic Park also encloses the Sydney Showgrounds at which livestock are exhibited annually.

From this reservoir, an 80m diameter deep lake contained within a 350M diameter abandoned brickpit, the water is filtered and treated and recycled for use at Olympic Park.


Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2009

Dear Eva,

I am delighted that you see what I see. I found it both interesting artistically and problematic. As it is a blooming of green algae, I have enhanced the colour for the sake of both my art and my ecology.

One is clearly able to see the algae at some depth, and because the intake and pump-out points are nearby, the water is constantly stirring, which creates the artistic patterns.

Thank you for your response (and for the marvellous history recently sent, which has amazed me. More of that later.) Sincerely,


EVA_L on February 27, 2009

Oh, Yan! It's simply and... so beautifull! I admire your ability to see even in ordinary, prosaic and day-to-day things in a wonderful artistic way!

Eva, waiting for your response!

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2009

Your generosity and friendship are so very special to me, Eva.


Olga I. Yakovenko on February 28, 2009

Green realm as art. And I find very interesting and instructive what you show with you excellent explantions, Olga

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2009

Isn't it special to be able to mix together photography, ecology, art, geography, teaching, friendship and inquiry? Thanks Olga.


Hazel Coetzee on March 3, 2009

Ian - Today has been a real colour treat! First your Gold photo's - then those amazing russet photo's of central Australia - and now the Green ones! I am feeling totally Colourific if there is such a word - filled with colour enjoyment and appreciation!

Cheers, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2009

A bit of colour, colours our world, Hazel. I could only be doing this because of Panoramio friends who are attracted to artistic creations and colourful images.

Warmest regards,


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