Morning Has Broken in Eglinton Valley, New Zealand

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Maja Weidemueller on April 24, 2010

Revealing in hiding ~ and perfectly captured as ever dear Ian.


Ian Stehbens on April 24, 2010

Dear Maja,

Gently refreshing. Delightfully revealing. Softly covering. The moisture of mist like tears of appreciation, graciously preparing for a new season of hope and fullness. Thoughts of you appear in this image:

A Trekker's Prayer

Hidden in the shelter of ancient trees.

Abundant verdure before me.

A pool of still waters satisfies my panting.

In the bottom of a deep valley, I am not alone.

A restoring mist drifts over me.

Promise of clouds lifting before my eyes.

Reality of new sunshine illuminating above.

The still quiet joy of hope within.

~Psalm 23~

Maja Weidemueller on April 25, 2010

My favourite psalm. Didn't know this version. Thank you dear Ian. Have a merry Sunda eve.


Ian Stehbens on April 25, 2010

Dear Maja,

This was written for you, from the photo, initiated by your previous remark about "revealing in hiding". Psalm 23 was meant to follow it, for it follows its patterns a little.


Maja Weidemueller on April 25, 2010

Forgive me Ian... I checked many versions of the psalm (in English there are as many versions as there are English spoken countires normally :), didn't find your words, but didn't dare to assume so much honour and caring and understanding... THANK YOU is surely too poor a word for it.

Love ~ Maja

Theolfa on April 25, 2010

Hi, Ian! A lovely Trekkers Poem, and works even for those of us just enjoying a walk in the countryside. Spring is here, the birds are returning and building nests while noisily guarding their territories. Soon there will be a faint green bloom on the trees and everyone will be filling the garden centres and eagerly waiting for May 24 - the last frostfree day of the year, when planting can begin. We have been enjoying temps of 23C so, very warm wishes to you! Theolfa

Beate_MK on April 25, 2010

You captured a very mysical mood here - but the little speck of blue sky lets me assume that this will be soon replaced by bright, sunny day. Wonderful moment you captured there! Best wishes Beate

Ian Stehbens on April 27, 2010

Dear Theolfa and Maja,

I apologise for not punctuating the Psalm 23 extension properly. But I am pleased that this little poem works for both the trekker walking in the countryside, and for the one who was experiencing some turmoil in life at the time. It was simply putting the image into words, albeit in a sequence similar to Psalm 23. For me as an exegete, the Psalm goes way beyond my meagre poem in both imagery and theology.

May the weeks ahead bring a new season of colour and brightness, warmth and pleasure for you both.


Ian Stehbens on April 27, 2010

Thank you Beate.

And it was a bright sunny morning that followed, not that the shawl of clouds ever left the mountain tops. I am pleased that you have appreciated both the moment and the ensuing day as revealed in this mystical morning.

Warmest greetings,


Geerten in Oz on May 1, 2010

I have uploaded a couple of NZ photo's on my other account: [more of Geerten]) The airial photo is just put somewhere, didn't bother to really check it out...


Ian Stehbens on May 7, 2010

Dear Geerten,

Thanks my friend for your uploads from NZ. I haven't yet travelled the west coast through Hokitika, but I am sure we will explore there one day. We love NZ. I will be soon able to do a catchup for the major program I am heading up at the moment concludes in 8 days! I'll look closely at the aerial for you and see what I can do.

Ian in Oz

Geerten on May 7, 2010

I'll just quietly sit and wait... Tomorrow we have a Dutch Panoramio-ist meeting in a little village called Steijl. I think there will be about 25 people. The weather will not be nice though...


Ian Stehbens on May 8, 2010

I think you can now get excited again, Geerten. No need to sit quietly anymore for I have located your image for you - you can now do the geo-location. I very much enjoyed those few minutes sitting beside you in the plane and being your navigator! And it was great to be back in NZ.


Geerten on May 8, 2010

wow mate, I'll go to the other account tomorrow and see how it is..


thor☼odin™ on May 9, 2010

Yeah Like the first morning did!! yet another stunning BO and Y* Ian!!! Warm wishes, Peter

Ian Stehbens on May 10, 2010

It really is special to have produced some images that you enjoy that much, Peter. Thanks indeed. How I wish I could trek here with you.


Małgorzata Grzywacz on May 20, 2010

Iike our dream of night!

Mysterious and magical...


Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2010

Dear Malgorzata,

The evening before was also special for it was foggy and drizzly and very very moody. I enjoyed the opportunity for photography then, but decided I would return next morning before dawn and photograph the dawn. I fully expected heavy fog that would lift and clear for fine weather was anticipated after the rainy change. I wasn't disappointed. This mystery and magic was so special. Thanks for your appreciation of it.


PS: Thanks for adding my gallery to your favourites, for it certainly is reciprocated. I love your gallery too.


Olga I. Yakovenko on May 21, 2010

BP! Olga

Ian Stehbens on May 21, 2010

To share my joy with you is special, Olga. It was a very special morning of receiving beauty through the lens!


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