The Shearing Shed, Flea Bay

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Comments (9)

jeff_msn123 on February 11, 2011


Beautiful place. Wonderful shot. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

bdeh on February 11, 2011

That's a very idyllic situated shed Ian, nice picture. Greetings Berend

Ed. Rodríguez Prati on February 12, 2011

There it haven't rain so much, grass is not too green....

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2011

Greetings Jeff. Nestled deep down among the folds of the hills, and beside this wee stream that seeps out into the bay, this woolshed seems so alone, but if there was a winter storm coming down over the hills it would be a wonderful place for a hiker to shelter!


Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2011

Dear Berend,

This volcanic landscape is one of high ridges that end in plummeting cliffs into the sea, with deep valleys tucked like folds into the landscape each valley ending at a bayhead beach. The shingle or gravel on the left is the head of the beach.

While the landscape is used by the sheep farmers, coming here feels like intruding into their very private world.

I can imagine the first settlers here arriving by sailing vessel, and their possessions being unloaded onto the beach. Can you visualise a piano sitting on this isolated beach, here on the other side of the world, waiting for a group of men to find a way of transporting it into the recently built homestead.

And when the piano is set down in the homestead, the farmer's wife sits to play Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 composed by Beethoven on the other side of the world.

Fast forward from the 1860s to 21st Century, and the hills have been cleared, the sheep graze the steep slopes, and the seals, Canadian geese and penguins are about the beach and the Pastoral Symphony is in my head. It does seem like an idyllic world.


Greg Swinfield on February 18, 2011

Hi Ian, Great photo of a very interesting part of the world. NZ is a fascinating place and this shows an engaging pastoral scene tucked away in a corner of that place. There was that movie "The Piano" (?) about just such as you have described. They would have been exciting and desperate times for those settlers. like regards Greg

Ian Stehbens on February 19, 2011

Greetings Greg.

As you can well surmise it was the volcanic landscape of Banks Peninsula that was the main drawcard for me. NZ is like an open Geomorphology Textbook!!

I learnt to play the piano on a ship's piano that had come to Australia on a sailing vessel and was unloaded on to a wharf. It was bought by my great grandparents. So "The Piano" opening scenes had a lasting impact upon me, though the brutality that followed was repulsive.

Being here on this bay-head beach was very special, and meeting the local grazier, the kayakers and their guide, the seal and the Canadian geese made it even more memorable.

Thanks for your appreciation.


pedrocut on February 19, 2011

Hi Ian

When I first looked at this picture in the small view, I immediately thought of a Youth Hostel in the English countryside.

After reading the dialogue I thought there must be an Unfinished Symphony here; a remote place, but a solitary figure on the road at the top right hand side of the picture!

All the best Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2011

You are right, Peter, our marriage is an unfinished symphony! Margaret decided to do her early morning walk up the road, and that when I had finished my photographic exercise, I would pick her up. She loves an hour's walk each day, and O I would love an hour out with the camera everyday!! We are continuing to compose the symphony!

Isn't love wonderful?!


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