Otago Back Country, NZ

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Comments (18)

Pixelfoto.hu Kiss Lá… on February 21, 2011

Superb shot! Like 1

Grettings from Hungary, László

Nick Weall on February 21, 2011

Great light and folds to the middle distance hills Ian ~ I like your new series very much ~ best wishes ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Thanks for the appreciation, László. I love the glacial landscapes of NZ, with their surprises and contrasts.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2011

Hi Nick,

I am sure you appreciate the geomorphology as much as I do. This great terminal moraine was so nicely lit that it dominated the landscape. At other times when it is not highlighted, one hardly notices it for the background peaks and large scale dairying seem to hold my attention.

The Ohau Valley behind was carved by two major glaciers descending from the Southern Alps.

Best wishes,


Jorge Luis Bilbao on February 21, 2011

Ian nice picture! I'm back with new pictures.

bdeh on February 22, 2011

Peaceful picture, the farm with all the cows and the mountains at the back Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2011

Greetings Jorge. Wonderful to have you back. You were missed by me!! And I am pleased you like this scene.

Regards from Australia,


Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2011

At least the cows in the pasture might make you think of home, Berend, but that is about where any comparison stops! I very much enjoyed the drive and photo stops in this grand rural area.

Some of the circular irrigation paddocks were 2 kms in radius, other 2kms in diameter! The walking irrigation-booms are incredible.

Like you I love the peace of the rural landscapes.



ԁk‒cam on February 26, 2011

Great scenery and good light. L

Kind regards, Finn

thor@odin™ on February 26, 2011

Are these middle flats all alluvial deposits Ian?? a mighty view indeed like, Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2011

Dear Finn,

I delighted in the light that morning for it enhanced the stunning landscape. Gl;ad to share it with you. Thanks.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2011

Greetings Peter. The folded mountains in the back ground have been glaciated resulting in the moraine in the midground (partly terminal and partly lateral moraine). The outwash of meltwater then has created the extensive plains in the area, all of which are now being reworked by riverine action. You may also notice the alluvial fans that have formed from the erosion of the front of the morainic ridge.

Hope that is satisfactory answer, Peter. Thanks for your interest and appreciation.


thor@odin™ on February 27, 2011

Highly satisfactory dear Ian thank you for taking the time to answer :) Best wishes and a wonderful week ahead, Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2011

This photo is a bit like a juxtaposition of Norway and Denmark, Peter.

thor@odin™ on February 27, 2011

Yes indeed right you are *Ian :) Peter

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2011

Greetings Gabriela. I am delighted to share this majestic beauty with you.



Hazel Coetzee on March 6, 2011

Oh! this trilogy of plains and mountains and colours is AWESOME, Ian - New Zealand is indeed a beautiful place.

Thank you for sharing these lovely scenes with us - made all the more poignant by the sad events of the past month. We - like so many South Africans - know folk who live in Christchurch and are sadly thinking of them and remembering them in our prayers.

  • I am sorry I don't have time to look at any more of your beautiful new additions to the Gallery, Ian - we are leaving for a short break at a small Game Reserve in the mountains 3 hours' drive from our home. Will be back (DV) this coming weekend.

Our warmest greetings to you & Margaret -


Ian Stehbens on March 6, 2011

Dear Hazel,

I am sure that you will return with some wonderful images from the game reserve. I look forward to that. Thanks for dropping in to my gallery even though you are preparing for your time away.

I am pleased that this landscape caught your eye with its striking forms and sunlit grazing land on the moraine.

We are off to NZ this week, so I don't expect there will be much Panoramio activity from me for a few weeks either.

Blessings as you take your break.


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