Switzerland, Norway or New Zealand? Mahau Sound, NZ

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Comments (19)

bluenose11 on May 8, 2011

Hi Ian Stehbens, Wonderful landscape. Nice pic.

Greetings from Toronto


Ian Stehbens on May 8, 2011

Good evening, Anna. It is morning here. Thank you for your greetings and appreciation. Warm regards from Brisbane.


Piotr Tworek on May 9, 2011

I Like # 2 this beautiful picture !!

Greetings and best wishes from Poland.


Ian Stehbens on May 9, 2011

Thank you Piotr. I love New Zealand landscapes with their colour, variety and majesty.

Regards from Brisbane.


Art Anderson on May 9, 2011

You got me, Ian, I would have bet that the shot was from Norway, but that being the land of my ancestors, I am a bit biased. Best regards. -Art

bdeh on May 9, 2011

Beautiful scenery and picture Ian. Greetings Berend

Anoushka on May 11, 2011

Just gorgeous...

ƤōƝƓ on May 11, 2011

Hi Ian, I would rule out Switzerland in this case. :) I notice that the landscape of Switzerland is mostly filled with pine trees.

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Amelia Royan on May 11, 2011

I would even suggest Scotland, in particular Perthshire dear Ian ;)

Beautiful meadows of buttercups and thistles and gentle wooded slopes create a delightful image :)

Warm wishes, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Hi Art, I would be very pleased if you can geo-locate this for me in Norway. We now have facial recognition software that gets to match look-a-likes, but we haven't yet got landscape recognition software that can do this for us. I am relying on you. And I am pleased that this touches one of your soft spots.



Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Thanks for your response to the beauty here, *Berend. Warm greetings,


Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

I appreciate your comment, Anoushka.


Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Thanks very much, Ah-Pong for your praise of this photo. There are many forests of conifers in this part of NZ, but right now they are being cut down very rapidly for export, especially to Asia.


Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Dear Amelia,

It is special to imagine Perthshire with you, and to revisit Alyth, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld and Pitlochry together. I visited a school in each of these towns and was a visiting teacher for a day in each. The memory really hasn't faded that much over all the years since, and the love for the beauty of the area has remained very strong.

Warmest regards,


Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Merci, Annie. It certainly is special countryside.

Warm regards,


whoelius on May 15, 2011

Indeed, the landscape is gorgeous. From the map, the landscape looks like it could be BC too. The grass isn't quite as luscious though.

Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2011

Yes indeed, whoelius, it could be BC physically, but it gets a little more sunshine here than BC does...which makes it even better than BC for living. Wonderful landscapes, with colour and variety and majesty just around every next corner. THis area is the sunniest part of South Island, Nelson and Blenheim competing with each other for the title of 'Most Sunshine Hours' each year.



angelius1979 on October 11, 2015


Ian Stehbens on October 11, 2015

Thank you, angelius. This part of New Zealand abounds in attractive vistas.


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