Monarch of the Glen

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Amelia Royan on May 17, 2010

Landseer would be very proud to be remembered here dear Ian, and I raise a toast to you - Glenfiddich of course!

Every time I try to get photos of deer, the turn tail and run. You have my utmost admiration.

Warm greetings from Shropshire, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on May 18, 2010

Dear Amelia. Perhaps I should change the title to Monarch of the Glen! Thanks very much for both the admiration and the toast!! This family certainly deserve the very best of Scotch whiskey. The thistles have certainly taken to their role of authenticating the scene!

Back in Shropshire? Hurried home, perhaps, when you saw the latest ash cloud drifting south!

Warmest greetings from Brisbane. I am home again today.


Hazel Coetzee on May 19, 2010

Beautiful shining healthy looking animals, Ian - and posing so proudly too. That stag is magnificent, and he knows it!!!

Thanks for sharing your Monarchs with us - they really are grand!! --- and welcome home again!!

Warmest wishes, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2010

Dear Hazel,

Not quite one of your Big 5, but impressive animals all the same.

My Scottish born grandmother had an embroidered cushion cover with Monarch of the Glen on it, and I think I also remember seeing an image similar to this on a Scottish Shortbread tin. As she didn't have any whiskey in her house, it haven't carried the Glenfiddich image in my mind.

I must admit that as they were standing in a field of scotch thistles, I made sure that I did not include anything in the image that would identify this as taken in NZ!

It is good to be back home for a few weeks. I'll try to catch up on uploads while I am here.



silgab on May 19, 2010


Ian Stehbens on May 19, 2010

Thank you, Gab Silva. And good morning from Brisbane.


José Carlos Farina on May 20, 2010


Bedri Akçay on May 20, 2010
  • Very nice photo

  • Greetings, / Bedri

Ian Stehbens on May 20, 2010

Thanks José Carlos and Bedri.

Warm greetings from Brisbane.


jeff_msn123 on May 23, 2010


It is an affirmation and encouragement to have your kind visit and great support to my photo. Thank you so much.

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on May 23, 2010

I am very happy to encourage your photography, *Jeff.


ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on May 28, 2010

They were introduced from England, I guess. Lovely capture, Ian.

Regards, Ah-Pong

Ian Stehbens on May 28, 2010

Greeting Ah-pong,

They were, or maybe from Scotland! You may not have known that NZ had no native animals except for one lizard! So the European settlers introduced their deer, sheep, cattle, cats, dogs, ferrets, possums and stoats! The stoats are causing the most severe damage to the remaining native birds. As there were no animals several of their birds (kiwi, all the penguin species and weka for example were ground dwellers and unable to fly).

That aside, I am pleased that you appreciate this photograph that this deer family offered me!


ԁk‒cam on June 4, 2010

Hello Ian,

Thank you for sharing this great shot.

Regards, Finn

Ian Stehbens on June 7, 2010

I appreciate your comment, Finn. Warm greetings from Brisbane.


branimirz on December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011!!! Greetings from

Ian Stehbens on December 24, 2010

Thanks for your Christmas greetings, Branimirz. May 2011 be a wonderful year for you.


diego_cue on July 4, 2011

great capture of that nice animals Ian! Greetings from Spain, saludos! diego

Ian Stehbens on July 9, 2011

I am pleased too that I was able to photograph this group, posing wonderfully for me! Thanks for your appreciation too Diego.


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