Otago Back Country: Lindis Pass, NZ.

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Comments (19)

Maja Weidemueller on February 19, 2011

Love the dancing cloud ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

pedrocut on February 19, 2011

Hi Ian

But for, perhaps, the lack of a little green this could be somewhere in Britain. An inviting track, that is not too airy on the right, leading towards fantastic views!

All the best from Old England, Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2011

Dear Maja,

While there may be clouds dancing by, there are also tracks for wandering and waltzing, so you will have a choice of being a Happy Wanderer (Der fröhliche Wanderer) or a Waltzing Matilda when you come to explore NZ.


Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2011

Dear Peter,

I will upload some of the views from the track a little later. This stark glacial landscape gets well grazed in the summer and covered in snow in the winter. I know how much you enjoy walking so any track must seem like an invitation, especially to you.

I hope Old England is greener than this come the summer, and it seems it has been as white as this is during respective winters.

Warm regards,


bdeh on February 20, 2011

Nice shot of this hill with the shadow of a cloud Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

The hills and light were there to be enjoyed. I had another set of thoughts going on as well. There are many unstable slopes in the former glacial country, Berend, and I wandered among the hills here observing the extent of soil movement and slumping.

But the colours, the forms and the light meant that the photos had an artistic quality about them too.

Thanks for your encouragement.


ƤōƝƓ on February 21, 2011

Amazing landscape and shadows. LIKEd

Greetings from Thailand

juan jose romero on February 21, 2011

Ohhh!!! Isn't it beautiful? Love this pic, Nature works sooo well: the painterly shadow that makes the mountain black deserves sharing the golden medal with the photographer! All the best, Ian. JJ

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Greetings Ah-Pong. You are such a great encourager for me, and an appreciator of these NZ landscapes. Thanks for your appreciation.

Best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Hi JJ,

Dear Teacher, When you go south into the direr summer landscape of Iberia, I go with you, and I learn from you. I see things that before I didn't see. And I wait for the clouds to paint their picture too, touching the parts of the landscape that need highlighting or shading.

In the first instance this is just a classic pic of soil erosion and an alluvial fan in the sheep country: but then your taught me to see it as a canvas. Thanks indeed.


juan jose romero on February 23, 2011

Dear Ian I'm so glad the old andalusian exaggerated Ian is back!! Honestly, I love your compliments, but I don't deserve them. You master the yellows of the soil and the deep blue of the skies. The first picture of yours I ever saw (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2214258) caught my eye and my spirits. This new pic of those sweet hills looks very much like the dune's one: obviously you have that pattern deep inside your brain and the two rich almost empty horizontal planes come backk to your work once in a while. Thank you very much for beauty!:))

Ian Stehbens on February 26, 2011

Dear JJ,

There's not even a hint of exaggeration in my earlier comment, I assure you.

And now I am seeing this landscape differently: I was seeing the counter-position of the V of the eroded valley and the inverted-V of the alluvial fan as the geometric constructs - but you recognize horizontals and a cerebral pattern! You are my teacher. And I delight in that.


thor@odin™ on February 26, 2011

Great shot and great comments! now I see this picture either way :)) Both deserving a like! Best wishes to Australia, Peter

juan jose romero on February 26, 2011

Dear Ian, You are my friend, and I delight in that!

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2011

Thank you very much Peter and JJ!

We see it this way >< or ===, unless one sees Maja's dancing cloud and then it invites us to waltz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ! :))

juan jose romero on February 27, 2011

hahaha, great!:))

Maja Weidemueller on February 27, 2011

My dancing cloud is for everone who feels love in this world ~ come on folks, let's dance ~ Ian, may I have the pleasure? ~~~~~~~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2011

The pleasure is mine, Maja.

Ian Stehbens on June 11, 2011

Yes, Ralph, though it is not an especially large island, the high peaks do create a rain shadow and the eastern foothills and plains are often quite dry. This is made more obvious here by the clay soils that are low in nutrients.

But I loved to roam along the tracks through these hills, for every corner allowed me to see a different landscape.

But to an Aussie, tracks are made for waltzing. To an Austrian, Vienna Woods are the place for waltzing... just as the Danube waltzes by. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~

So I found being in this landcape, very appealing.


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