Lake Matheson breathing: exhaling summer - inhaling winter.

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Comments (13)

bdeh on April 9, 2011

Beautiful picture and reflection Ian. I LIKE the "breath". Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

When this reasonably sheltered lake is mirror still it reflects the highest peaks of the Southern Alps: Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and that section of the range. It is a spectacle indeed. But the days we were there, it was never still or the mountains were enshrouded by cloud. However I wasn't disappointed with the close-up images of reflections.

The lighting and fogs, wisps and shadows, reeds and overhanging flax were all elegantly presented before the backdrop of native forests both above and and in the mirror below.

Thanks for expressing your appreciation, Berend.

warm regards,


ƤōƝƓ on April 9, 2011

Hi Ian, very good title. Impressive photo as usual. Usually I would see Lake Matheson with upright snow-capped mountain in the background. But this one presents another beautiful aspect of it.

I believe I mentioned to you some time ago that I have collected NZTB brochures and maps since my childhood by sending letters requesting free copies of them. So I can proudly say that I recognize most NZ place names and geographical locations. However, I have not yet had any opportunity to visit NZ.

Berend seems to be your gallery's most faithful fan. :)

Me three!

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

乾龍 on April 9, 2011

Very good photo


Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

Ian Stehbens on April 9, 2011

Thank you Qianlong.

Warm regards from New Zealand to Taiwan.


Nick Weall on April 10, 2011

Great title Ian ~ It looks like you put your stethoscope to the problem :))) Thanks for the great info too ~ All the best ~ nick

jeff_msn123 on April 10, 2011


Hope Matheson did not suck you in during his breathing. You are still safe. The power of mother nature is enormous. LOL

Excellent shot. LIKE

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong,

I am so glad to be your emissary in NZ or to be your photographer. It is wonderful to be here, and I know how much you would enjoy it, for I too had thought about NZ for many years before I was able to come.

Though I knew it well before setting foot on the tarmac for the first time, it is so much more grand, more majestic, more raw and more beautiful than one can imagine.

I hope you do travel to this corner of the world before too much longer. I appreciate your encouragement greatly. Berend is very faithful - I think he goes on Panoramio every morning. He has been to Australia so he enjoys my pics. It is great to have faithful friends, even in the e-world.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2011

Dear Nick,

The ambiguity of this image is what excites me most: I am not at all sure what is in the middle - where does the inhaling and the exhaling meet? where does vapour and reflection engage?

Thanks for your appreciative response, as always.

All the best, mate.


Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2011

Jeff, I was sucked in!! I thought it was magical and mysterious and beautiful all at the same time. I will have to upload some more images of it for you.

All the best, Ian

jeff_msn123 on April 11, 2011


Thank you

Cheers, Jeff

Barbara-LAKE- on June 1, 2011


Ian Stehbens on June 1, 2011

Thank you Barbara. Warm greetings from Brisbane.


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