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The restored organ in Church of St Nicolai, Wöhrden, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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Comments (7)

Marilyn Whiteley on April 15, 2008

Ian, this is a wonderful church interior. Did you get to hear the organ?

I'm also using it as a message board, hoping that you don't mind. When I try to tell people what I like about Panoramio, I've said how sometimes comments are primarily about the photograph per se, and other times they focus more on the content. I also enjoy the international and occasionally intercultural nature of the conversations.

Without taking you through the history of my conversations with omshakti, I'll take the liberty to point you to this photo which I posted last night. The conversation is not lengthy, but in its relatively short span it illustrates all of what I said above. I think it's a wonderfully clear example of that with which you're already well familiar--the possibilities of Panoramio!


Ian Stehbens on April 16, 2008

Dear Marilyn,

Thanks for sharing with me the discussion stemming from your photo of a Hindu shrine. It is very timely for me as I am working with three different situations currently, each that involves this interface, but three very different situations. Up close to the issues as I am at the moment, I appreciate the revealed positions of your different conversationalists, but I don't have any facile or clear responses that would be particularly helpful at the moment. This is because some conversations of this kind need negotiation, others need to have defined particular understandings, others require tenets to be declared, and most require a willingness for vulnerability.

There are some excellent views expressed by Luigi and omshakti, for example. I would love to converse with you, but an open forum is not the appropriate vehicle for me. In short, what I believe I am saying is that there are some limits to Panoramio, though I agree the possibilities are extensive.

There are some instances that I have observed where Panoramio communications have faltered. Only this week, I checked back to see if one Panoramio user was still with us, for he was very scorched and surprised by the reaction of others to one of his photos and to his self-defence. I was pleased to see that he has continued and the issue attended to. There have also been situations where there has been differences on what is inappropriate or even offensive.

As you are a more experienced user of Panoramio than I, I am sure you will be aware of this and more. But, hasn't it been wonderful to develop such a network of friendships and to have learnt so much from each other. And that is all beyond the initial purpose of photo-share and landscape uploads. You and I have been in many special conversations already, which I prize. I trust this is another one.

Now to return to the photo above. The last night that I was in this village (the village my surname ancestors emigrated from in 1865) I attended a evening confirmation service, and sat about the same place as the photo was taken, and had some conversation with the organist who played that night. This Wild Organ is rather unique and special and if you can read Deutsch, then you might enjoy reading about it, which was/is available on the website. Or specifically

Thankyou for inviting me into yet another special conversation, Marilyn, and for using this photo as a message board. I am delighted to feel like and to be treated with the generosity befitting a brother.

Grace and peace; om shanti shanti shanti om; salaam; shalom.


Marilyn Whiteley on April 16, 2008

Thank you, Ian, for taking time for conversation. Certainly there are limits to Panoramio, and I have just recently seen people hurt or angered by others' opinions and reactions (though not to an individual photo). Yet I value its positive aspects. If we learn about places and people and customs and beliefs, and if--even to a small extent--we have the opportunity for real communication across great distance (cultural as well as physical), surely that makes the world a slightly better place. It would, however and alas, be a long, long time before it worked you out of a job!


Ian Stehbens on April 17, 2008

You have intentionally made a very significant contribution to and through Panoramio, Marilyn. Not only for the faithful observing of many folios and your affirmations that flow, but also through your interesting uploads such as your Indian images as well as your local Guelph pictures too.

Best wishes,


A.Lebacq on August 8, 2009

An interesting picture and note of this impressive organ Ian,i think it sounds marvellous, better of my Yamaha keyboard hi...hi..., a beautiful interior too.

Greetings Arthur

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2009

Greetings Arthur,

Thanks Arthur, I am pleased to take you into St Nicolai, Wöhrden. I have heard this organ played - you can see the organist at the console - for it was being played when I took this photo. And I assure you it is a very good one. The village is very proud of it.

Below and above the front set of small pipes you will see the dates beginning with 1788, that indicate the years in which it was refurbished. I wonder if your Yamaha will be refurbished in 2229?

Here in this church one is surrounded by reclaimed land with its drains and dykes and lines of trees.. just the type of landscape that you photograph so well.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2009

Greetings Arthur,

I am pleased to be able to take you into St Nicolai. It has a very good organ, which was being played when I was there. The organist is at the console, but he is watching me at the moment of this photo.

The village is very proud of their organ. It was installed in 1593 and refurbished in 1788, 1950 and 1980. I wonder if your Yamaha will be refurbished in 2229 and still be used for public performance in 2416?

This church on its artificial hill is surrounded by its village. Wöhrden is fitted together tightly, and surrounded by reclaimed land replete with dykes and polders and tree-lined drains, the same type of landscape that you masterfully photograph.

Warm regards,


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