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The Red Shearing Shed, Lighthouse Road, Akaroa, NZ

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Comments (12)

Maja Weidemueller on January 27, 2011

I have no idea what the purpose of this might be dear Ian ~ just love the complimentary colours of the human and the divine work ~ tell me more ...

~~~ Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on January 27, 2011

A shearing shed is the building in which the sheep are shorn, wool is classed, baled and stored awaiting transport to the wool sales. The background trees are exotic species planted to provide a windbreak in this otherwise windy place sitting atop the cliffs of the peninsula.

(You must learn to recognize a shearing shed, Maja for the lives of swaggies centred around shearing sheds and it was in them that ~~~~ Matilda ~~~~ was conceived! Remember Hoffmeister and his "Matilda" at Dagworth Station, Winton, Queensland.)

Banks Peninsula is a complex of volcanic craters and cones, Akaroa Harbour behind these trees is one of the explosive craters now extinct. That harbour was the site of the first French Settlement. More interesting history, both geologically and politically.


bdeh on January 28, 2011

Very nice composition Ian, I like the plants at the foreground. Looks like Pandanuspalms but I'm not sure. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 29, 2011

Thanks Berend. I am not an authority on NZ plants but I suspect that these particular plants are cabbage trees (Cordyline australis) for which I think the Maori name is ti kouka. They are not pandanus.

Warm greetings from Brisbane. Ian

bdeh on January 29, 2011

Thanks for the information Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2011

It is always a pleasure to respond to your queries, Berend, especially as in this case when it requires me to do some research. It is good to learn.



D. VERDU on January 30, 2011



Y + UN LIKE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2011

Thank you Domingo. You are a great encourager. This red shearing shed seemed like a landmark perched high on the cliffed peninsula.

Greetings from Brisbane, Australia.


Bedri Akçay on January 30, 2011

    • excellent natural landscape
  • liked it
  • best wishes, _ BEDRİ AKÇAY _

gezginruh on January 30, 2011

Interesting building. Thank you for your explanation Ian. I'm very glad that i learn.

Have a nice weekend. Fü

Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2011

Thank you very much Bedri. This is classic New Zealand: sheep country, shearing shed, ti kouka trees backed by a dark green windbreak, atop steep slopes rising from the sea.



Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2011

It is always special to be able to learn about new environments, isn't it? I share your enthusiasm for travel, discovery and learning.

Best wishes,


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