Sydney Olympic Park: The green Olympics

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EVA_L on February 25, 2009

What a beautiful, original finding! Very soft colors and images, Yan!


Jörn KH on February 26, 2009

Less colors - great impression! The pastel - in the truest sense of the word washed out - colors and the two-dimensional 'objects' make this photo appealing as a painting. Best regards, Jörn

Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2009

The Green Olympics: Protecting and enhancing habitat for threatened Bell Frog & Water Recycling

Dear Jörn and Eva,

I appreciate you gentle comments on these pastel colours. It is hard to describe this particular feature, reflected here. But let me try.

The water is part of a large storage of water, the pit previously having been a brick pit from which the clay for brickmaking for many of Sydney's houses was extracted. The abandoned pit was planned to be the site of the tennis centre for the Sydney Olympics, until it was discovered that in this abandoned brick pit, a colony of bell frogs had successfully established themselves in the swampy bottom of the pit. The bell frog was once very common in Sydney, but now had become very rare. So everything changed. The tennis centre was built elsewhere, and this pit became the place to which all the runoff water from the whole Olympic Site was directed and stored. The water is then treated and recycled as water for lawns, arenas, cleaning and toilets. Above the deep pit, a circular walk has been built about 25M above the pond and 80M in diameter. The panelled walls are pink and yellow. I have photographed their reflection with a 300m lens from the elevated walkway from the opposite side of the ring. You may be able to understand this by enlarging the map or by viewing this picture of the ringwalk above the brickpitor this general view of it

Ian / Yan

Olga I. Yakovenko on February 28, 2009

FAntastic! Here one can see the origin of impressionism, Olga

Sigurtor Holm on February 28, 2009

Beautiful shot. Well done Greetings from Iceland

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2009

I am glad that you both like this, Sig and Olga. Impressionism is a great label for this - thanks Olga. I have seen the reflection before, but this morning the breeze and the sunlight were playing the reflection together... like a three piece ensemble.

Thanks for your greetings, Sig. We officially commence our autumn today, Mar 1 so you'll soon be thinking of Spring again.

Warm wishes,


Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2009

Dear Mira,

It is a joy to receive your delightful and erudite comments. I only wish that you could hear the ensemble play the colourful notes of this great big melodious xylophone. The breeze plays an air for you, Mira.


Hazel Coetzee on March 6, 2009

Ian - You did it again. Lovely light effects, and lovely reflections. I just cannot resist reflections.... Beautiful Ian, keep it up!!

Can I ask you to kindly have a look at this link and read GeKo's comments? Blue stripey rock formations - maybe

I cannot answer him and we were kinda hoping you could..?

Thank you in anticipation.... (o; Hazey

Margrit M. Berger (S… on March 18, 2009

Great reflections, dear Ian! Work of Art! Y*! Warm regards, May

Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2009

Dear Hazel, I am pleased to have you call me "beautiful Ian". You will get more bunches of proteas for your big birthday for being so charming!

I am pleased that you like this image, and now to receive a Y* from May, I am thrilled as well as charmed. It is always good to look around when I am out for possible images such as this, thanks to Panoramio.

Warm greetings from Sydney.


Hazel Coetzee on March 18, 2009

Dear (ahem) "beautiful Ian" .....

Thank you for your reply to this and to GeKo's and my query about the Mushroom Rocks. You didn't leave mushroom for doubt after that very comprehensive feedback!

(heh heh, I can hear you groaning at the wordplay but I've already blown my very fragile reputation with the 'beautiful Ian' bit, so I might as well carry on spiralling downwards...!!!!

Cheers from (crashing) Hazel

Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2009

Your puns and wordplays are, uplifting Hazel. I do not mind where the commas go, and I chuckle where you expected me to groan, for I've grown to love your beautiful words and ways, dear Hazel. There is mushroom in my grace, anyway, if it were ever needed.

I am concerned about the fires on Table Mountain, trusting that evacuees are able to return safely to their homes. And perhaps you have some interesting night photos of the firey mountain.


Hazel Coetzee on March 19, 2009

Thanks for your cheering and uplifting words, Ian. It is always difficult to express oneself in impersonal pc fonts, where there are no voices, nuances, chuckles, etc. but I think this is where kindred spirits come into the picture, don't you?

As for the fires, they have claimed one life so far, that of an unfortunate squatter whose partner is in a serious condition in hospital.

The lower mountain slopes are a favourite haunt of the homeless (we call them "Bergies") who tend to make fires to warm their little circle of fellow squatters, when there's an autumn nip in the air. Perhaps this one got out of hand when they dozed off after too much liquid refreshment? It happens, sadly.

Cheers - H

Ian Stehbens on March 22, 2009

I am told Hazel, that the huge fire in this photo was started by some local guys who were mentally affected by the substance they sniff and the other substances they drink. Apparently their vehicle broke down, and they were stranded until someone came to their rescue. To fill in their time they were lighting fires, and I am quoting, "just for the hell of it". It happens, sadly, for the potential of each person is rather special, and substance abuse takes that away.

Now this doesn't cheer either of us nor uplift, but it does touch one's concern and compassion.


VIKTOR HERMAN on March 29, 2009

Wow!! beautiful colours, and very nice reflections! Regards from Czech, Viktor

If you want se my colours of Sumava

Ian Stehbens on March 29, 2009

I like this photo of mine, Viktor, but yours is visual magic! Truly. Best wishes, and with the hope of many more exchanges.


Rol/Photo/Alsace on December 28, 2009

Photo très ORIGINALE

amitiés roland

Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2009

Merci beaucoup, Roland.

And a Happy New Year.


A.Lebacq on April 4, 2010

Nice and creative work Ian very well done.

Greetings Arthur

Ian Stehbens on April 4, 2010

Thanks Arthur. Warmest greetings,


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