Pomegranate # 12 Grapefruit

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EVA_L on April 10, 2009

Is pomegranate grows just in the garden? It looks so beautiful, bright and very tasty, dear Yan!

Best wishes. Eva

gezginruh on April 11, 2009

Very real! Like the life...Warmest greetings.FüsunK.

Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2009

My dear friends, Eva and Füsun,

Very unreal! Like what is it doing, thinking it is a bunch of grapes!? Beautiful it is but I'd prefer a bunch of grapes!

This is a bit of photographic art or visual poetry, dear Eva, and Füsun is the one who inspired all this fun with a red pomegranate. She loves the Greek poem, The Mad Pomegranate Tree, and she has be known to paint a red pomegranate on railway tracks, and exhibit it in a public showing of her art and poetry!

Now she has me writing poetry that connects Australia and Turkey through the journey of a red pomegranate and the memories of Gallipoli (1914-18 War).

I really haven't done this for a while, not since we shared "Night Music Comes Floating Across the Dnepr.

If you are looking at the Silverton and Broken Hill photos I have now posted, I hope some of the Australian background to the "In Memory of a Red Pomegranate" poem helps you to appreciate the poem, and our cultural identity. Australia generally regards itself as becoming a nation during the slaughter of our boys on the beaches of Gallipoli, Turkey, as the result of a military blunder made by British commanders, in the context of the insanity of war! Australian and Turkish people, enemies in that Campaign became bonded friends in peace. Australia's national day for remembrance of those who have died in all wars is held on April 25, the day of the landing in 1915 on Gallipoli peninsula.

The large mosque of the Sydney Turkish community here in Sydney is called the Gallipoli Mosque!

Appreciatively and respectfully,


Ahmet Bekir on April 15, 2009

Beautiful and realistic image Ian, but at the background they are vine leaves as I see or? ....greetings from Skopje, Macedonia, from your Turkish friend

P.S I Invite you to open my gallery and see the picture with my older son crossing the Gallipoli, Canakkale in turkish

Ian Stehbens on April 21, 2009

Dear Ahmet,

Yes indeed, this pomegranate thought for a moment that it was a grape! My friendly neighbours, Palestinian Australians, came out to see what I had found on their grapevine.

And my friend, I thought you were my Macedonian friend! Now you are my Turkish mate! And I still love the view from your office. And thanks for the Gallipoli photo.

Kind regards,


Erol Asrak on June 1, 2009

çok güzel bir nar selam erol

Ian Stehbens on June 2, 2009

Thanks Erol. I am glad you like it, especially as you are most familiar with both pomegranate (nar) and grape vine (dedikodu).



Roland&Sandrine on December 28, 2009

C'est un fruit qui ressemble à un celui d'un grenadier.... que moi j'ai en "Bonsaï"


amitiés roland

Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2009

Dear Roland,

This is a grenade or pomegranate, the same as your bonsai grenade. However, here I have placed it in a grapevine as part of a photo-essay that tells a story of the day the pomegranate decided it wanted to be something else. Here in a the grape vine, it became a "grapefruit" but that left a sour taste in its mouth, so it moved on to another dream. Next it climbed into a red flowering eucalypt and became a gum-nut!

Warmest greetings for the New Year.


Bulbas on January 8, 2010

And so it what!!!) I adore a pomegranate!!!

Ian Stehbens on January 8, 2010

It ran away from home. But it came back.

I have a whole series of pomegranate images, Bulbas. They have been used in a metaphoical story for children.

Warm regards,


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