Summer Roses, Nepean River, NSW

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Comments (16)

EVA_L on July 22, 2009

This composition with wight roses and reflection of trees is wonderful, Yan!


Tom Lussier Photogra… on July 22, 2009

Very nice composition Ian. Great detail in those roses. :)

Best regards from Virginia, Tom

rlzzza on July 22, 2009


Ian Stehbens on July 22, 2009

Dear Eva, Tom and Raz

I am pleased to have you each affirm this image. At first I thought that by including the background it would be too busy, but I am very pleased with the outcome and your compliments.

My warmest regards,


Theolfa on July 23, 2009

Great, well balanced composition, divided diagonally with contrasting dark blue & grey against the brightness of the roses and foliage. Nicely seen, Ian. Theolfa

Ian Stehbens on July 24, 2009

I very much appreciate your reviewing of my images, Theolfa.


Ghiocela on July 24, 2009

Beautiful and interesting composition, Ian! Day and night, black and white .. smile and tear! That inspires me, this picture..! My greetings, Simona

M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 24, 2009

Nicely seen, Beautiful. Greetings from Greetje.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on July 24, 2009

Dear Ian, what a poetical photo, beautifully composed! My warmest regards, may

Ian Stehbens on July 26, 2009

Simona, Greetje and May

Thank you each for your delightful and appreciative comments. It is a joy to share with you in our common art and to exchange greetings and kind regards.

Ian (currently in Tonga)

gezginruh on July 27, 2009

Hello my dear Ian, Summer Roses in limited time summer sounds and summer they are very expressive...

Warm wishes.

Füsun K.

Ian Stehbens on July 27, 2009

The warm scents in fusion with the softness of a summer evening, kindle sparks of love and confusion in every lover's breast, dear Füsun K. I am pleased that you delight in such images for you always bring them to life.

Warmest regards,


gezginruh on July 29, 2009

Right, i remember Shelley...

Love's Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river, And the rivers with the ocean; The winds of heaven mix forever With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single; All things by a law divine In another's being mingle-- Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven, And the waves clasp one another; No sister flower could be forgiven If it disdained its brother; And the sunlight clasps the earth, And the moonbeams kiss the sea;-- What are all these kissings worth, If thou kiss not me?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friendly greetings dearest Ian. Füsun K.

Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2009

Dear Fü,

Some say love it is a river that drowns the tender reed I say love it is a flower and you it's only seed.

It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance; It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance; It's the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give and the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong, Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose. It mingles with the river for a breeze of summer wafts scent on rippling water, wrapping itself around the globe, touching hearts of others: dignifying dreams, mingling mine with thine.

Bette and Ian

Amelia Royan on August 4, 2009

I have opened this one because of the flowers, but I find myself transported into a world of poetry instead. Thank you Füsun for the beautiful piece by P.B Shelley, and thank you Ian for this poem which is so touching and very meaningful for me, and I do not know who wrote it.

The photo is lovely too Ian, beautifully composed.


Ian Stehbens on August 4, 2009

Dear Amelia,

It is with a quiet joy that I read your response to both the image and the exchange of poetry - something that Füsun and I do often and the poetry ranges across the aeons from ancient Greek to contemporary Ian. My response above was to partially quote Beet Midler's Rose lyrics with my own ending - no wonder you didn't know who the poet was.

And we welcome your poetic responses anytime and thank you for your graciousness and appreciative responses.


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