A Canvas Beneath the Paraglider, Wharehuanui, NZ

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Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2011

Just a natural canvas below as the paragliders approach the landing strip for touch down.

Syborgh on March 1, 2011

Are you gliding there?

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2011

I'd rather not have my feet on the ground - prefer to have my head in the clouds!

Fixed wing gliding and paragliding are both excellent sports, Fried, but my preference is now for fixed-wing gliding or in any fixed-wing aircraft. My son is a pilot and flying instructor, and I love to go with him recreationally whenever there is a spare seat.

Although I will make an exception for helicopters, though usually that costs "an arm and a leg". You will have seen my photos from a helicopter around Aoraki-Mount Cook, I guess.

Warmest regards,


How about you? Ever been gliding?

ƤōƝƓ on March 10, 2011

Hi Ian, you mean this shot was taken while you were paragliding? Were you beneath or above the paraglider? And how did you take photos because, I am trying to imagine, you were quite busy gliding in the air?

Most pine trees are not native to NZ, I guess.

Regards, ah-p☺ng

Syborgh on March 10, 2011

No, Ian, never been gliding - I even had just one flight in my life; that was as a passenger in a twositter in the Ardennes (Belgium) some 35 years ago. It was absolutely fantastic: like being taken by an ogre who played a toy aeroplane. I never aspired to travel by air-bus though. (I prefer wheeled vehicles, preverably a Rover 75). But I like walking best. Greetz, - Fried

Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2011

Dear Fried,

I must admit I am a tiny bit surprised - I sort of thought you may have been a bit adventurous and been in any vehicle that will give you different perspectives on the world around us. My wife is a very keen walker, and she prefers her feet on the ground when it comes to recreational flying, but she enjoys me enjoying being airborne - and she loves commercial flights that will take us to other places!

And as for gliding, one feels remarkably secure and safe as soon as your up for the air is there to keep you up and it is not going to go away!

And the Rover 75 is ok by me. I'll come with you in that!!



Syborgh on March 10, 2011

I suppose you travel a lot for your work, Ian?

Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2011

Work is coming to an end, Fried over the next 12 months. We will be working in NZ tonight so this is my last reply before I head off to the airport. But with work comes the opportunity to explore with the camera - sometimes on an early morning walk, or in the afternoon - sometimes between assignments. It has been a great privilege to combine the joys of work with the joys of photography.


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