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Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Ian Stehbens on May 7, 2010

Dear Hazel,

Thank you, precious artist. Thank you for appreciating the scene, the image and the genre. Thank you for your empathy with the traditions of classical oriental artists.

I love it when the paper or fabric is the background, and the artist adeptly turns it into mood or mist, inert to dynamic simply by adding a foreground image!

Here with the camera I felt I was working in reverse, turning dynamic mists and a rainy day into a neutral background.

Warmest greetings,


Hazel Coetzee on May 13, 2010

You are a true artist, my friend!! Thank you for that poetic reply Ian.

I had to smile when I looked at the 2 ID's above - a little glimpse of life a couple of misty years back! That's a very scholarly beard, Ian - must have been nice and snug in winter!!

Warmest wishes and a Pano hug,


Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2010

Dear Hazel,

You have capped off my day wonderfully!! How can I accept such recognition from an artist of your calibre? Thank you for the affirmation.

As for the misty years, I was very happy that Google had pre-empted my need of an image with a misty one that I thought was a pretty good likeness, but others seemed to think that I should dig back into the archives to find an era that corresponded nicely with your timing!

Really it is not long ago - I remember it well. It is not remembered for its winter warmth but for the fact that it protected some of my northern European skin from the strong UV when out in the wilderness on long hikes.

Appreciative hugs and warmest regards,


Hazel Coetzee on May 13, 2010

I can sympathise about the northern european skin, Ian - mine is so blonde that I feel embarrassed when walking on a beach amongst bronzed bods - and to think when I was young that I tried so hard to tan it, in my extreme ignorance.

Thank you for your reply - I would so love to refer you to a photo that strikes wonder in me everytime I look at it: This one of John Adamsons.

It makes me feel so humble to look down at this little section of our earth from the skies. I would love to read your thoughts when you have examined it?

Warmest wishes from Hazel

Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2010

Dear Hazel,

I trust you have seen my response to John Adamson's photo. That part of the world is very special for many many reasons. And I have reasons to visit it reasonably often. That's the place to keep out of the sun and out of view, though. I feel conspicuous enough by my height, let alone sprawled on a beach near naked or across a masseuse's table! I am much more content on a beach in Denmark - if only it was warm enough!

But here in NZ, on the beaches of the fiords one doesn't have to worry about either the sun or exposure of a whiter skin: keep your wet suit on or else be well rugged and protected from the cold rain!

And I am still delighted that you see this photograph as art! Thanks artist.


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Photo taken in 90 Milford Sound Hwy, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

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    by Ian Stehbens