View from South East Bay to North West Bay, Pelorus Sound, NZ

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Violet Upton on May 13, 2011

I like all your latest additions, Ian, but I chose this one to comment because of the delicate colour combination, and the close-up Pampas grass so clear against the misty far off hills. Lots of varied textures, too. I love it! Theolfa

Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Dear Theolfa,

I very much enjoyed exploring Pelorus Sound on the Mail Boat. One of the more distant residents was away so the run was a bit shorter that day, and we had time to go ashore at Pokokini Homestead. The farm is defunct and a single man lives there, a gracious man who invited us ashore. He took us to see the historic homestead, his garden, orchard and surrounding trees. He has no road access anymore, though there once was a track.

This view is from his garden looking out across the Sound. The grass tuft is a native of New Zealand and is very similar to a native grass of South America, the latter having more pink colouring in the flower. Both grow in New Zealand today. So with the grass in the foreground this is very New Zealand.

Kind regards,


Violet Upton on May 13, 2011

You are blessed, Ian, to have such interesting travels and hospitality, and I thank you for telling me about this picture and your host.New Zealand is truly beautiful and we would have emigrated there instead of Canada, but it was too far from home :( Best wishes, _Theolfa

bdeh on May 14, 2011

Very nice shot Ian, with the look a like of the Pampas grass in the front. The trip with the Mailboat must be excited. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2011

There are two species of pampas grass, Berend that look very much the same, except that the NZ species has white-cream tassels like this, and the Argentine variety has quite pinkish tassels. They are now both grown in NZ and are common in the landscape.

Pampas grass was introduced to Australia, but quickly it was realised that it was going to be an invasive pest and is now declared noxious. Once it was common in front gardens in Brisbane, but it has all been removed now.

Thanks for your interest and responses, Bernd. Yes, indeed the mailboat ride was exciting for those of us who love landscape photography.


Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2011

Is it not too late to migrate again, Theolfa to the other side of the Big Pond. It is only an email away!! Come on over, for a visit at least.


gezginruh on May 15, 2011

Another special frame! Fü

Ian Stehbens on May 17, 2011

Thank you very much, . I enjoy learning from you how to express my landscpaes artisticly.

Warmest regards,


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