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The Spring is time for mending walls.

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© SisAnnick on November 24, 2007

Nice image, contrast between green and dead leaves. Old wall could be put in the forum serie "walls..." . Regards Annick

Marilyn Whiteley on November 24, 2007

How nice to be taken to Sweden in the springtime! Are these scans? I like this one in itself, and it also reminds me ...

When my Swedish grandparents, who met, married, and lived in Chicago, bought 17 acres in Wisconsinall of in 1927 to put in a cherry orchard, the first thing they had to do was to prepare the very rocky land. How? In the summer, the seven children were put to work picking rocks, loading them onto a "stoneboat," hauling them to the edge of what would become the orchard, and building stone fences just like this. Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on November 24, 2007

Thankyou Annick. I wasn't aware of forum for photos, so I'll have to work out how that works. I have operated only with tags. But Thanks Annick. Greetings on a beautiful morning from Sydney. Ian

Dear Marilyn, No these are not scans. But now that we are all changing my original purpose for panoramio, I am relooking at some of my images of single topics, and beautiful flowers etc, and sharing them. The visit to Sweden was in 2005, but only for a day when we drove from Copengagen and did a circuit. It was a special experience indeed. But how I wish that we could have had a couple of weeks at least for more and for Norway. Ah, another time given the opportunity. This was in Avarps National Forest. Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on November 24, 2007

Ian, I wondered about scanning not from quality but from its lack of "additional information." That was too short a visit to Sweden!

That particular forum was one started by Annick, and found at this link. I have a couple of shots posted on it, and I've had lots of fun with other forums. I'm particularly pleased with one I began, titled Less is More. Although not all the shots have the simplicity of which I was thinking when I started it, in general the quality of the postings is quite high, I think.

Watch out--I may have some suggestions for where you might post pictures! I find that looking at the list of forums helps me think about my pictures in new ways. Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on November 26, 2007

Dear Marilyn, Thankyou for introducing me to fora/forums. You will now have to tell me how to upload a picture to a forum. I am sure it is soooo obvious, but I'm one of the "dummies" that needs a book on "how to". Some of my "less is more" pics are "popular", in that they seem to attract the most hits from my friends, student network and family. I think it was your Yucatan wall pic that drew my first response to your photgraphy, and I still love it. The first of mine to come to mind is one of my "Fraser Island" images. Blessings, Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on November 26, 2007

Ian, it's easier to show you how to do it than to tell you where to find it, though it's on more than one forum. I have a Post-It sticky-note program on my computer and I've simply placed it there so that I can copy and paste very conveniently. You copy and paste this: [url=][img][/img][/url] Then you go to your photo, take its identification number, and paste that into the formula two times, replacing each of the times there's a 000. You type in your own text (if you wish) above or below this.

If you're adding more than one photo and want them side by side, you paste the formula the correct number of times with one space (or even no spaces) between them. If you want photos on separate lines, you paste the formula, press Enter, and then paste it again.

Afterwards you look at Preview to see whether things are the way you want it before you Submit. But after that you can still Edit to improve on things.

I look forward to finding some of yours when you have time. Both of the really striking Fraser Island images belong on "less is more," and when you have a chance, you'll find lots of additional possibilities. Marilyn

By the way, I see that in order to get the whole formula, you need to click on "More" and read this on the page with the photo itself. If you just look at it on the page with your pictures and other comments, the formula is cut off.

gezginruh on April 6, 2010

Mending Walls!...

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it

And spills the upper boulder in the sun,

And make gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there,

I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

And some are loaves and some so nearly balls

We have to use a spell to make them balance:

"Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"

We wear our fingers rough with handling them.

Oh, just another kind of outdoor game,

One on a side. It comes to little more:

There where it is we do not need the wall:

He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across

And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.

He only says, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder

If I could put a notion in his head:

"Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it

Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I'd ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offense.

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him,

But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather

He said it for himself. I see him there,

Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

He moves in darkness as it seems to me,

Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

He will not go behind his father's saying,

And he likes having thought of it so well

He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

"Mending Wall" again, for the Easter my dear Ian.

Happy Easter!


Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2010

Dear ,

Of all the poetry I read when at school and college, it was Robert Frost's Mending Walls that had the greatest impact on me.

Others that stand out for me are Shapiro's Auto Wreck, Henry Lawsons' Up the Country and A.B. Paterson's reply to Lawson, In Defence of the Bush and Blake's Tiger.

Warmest regards,


Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2010

Dear Füsun,

As you can see from the title of this photo, I was reciting Mending Walls in my head as I was taking the photogrpah!

Thanks very much for adding the poem to this page.


cbaisan on October 4, 2011

Indeed, this photo reminds me of New England Ian :)

Ian Stehbens on October 4, 2011

Yes, I agree, and was that where Robert Frost came from?

While a scene like this may also be photographed in New England, Australia, there the stones would have to be granite ones.

Thanks for the comment, cbaisan.


thor@odin™ on December 28, 2012

Fabulous coposition my dear friend! I wish you a 2013 full of peace and prosperity added some good photo opportunities :) Warm regards, Peter

Ian Stehbens on December 28, 2012

Thank you for your greetings and for the affirmation, Peter. I would that in 2013 I could be back in your country and drive over the bridge to your neighbour and see some more of its special landscape.

May you enjoy a fruitful and fulfilling 2013.


thor@odin™ on December 29, 2012

Hello Ian Please do let me know in advance if you arrive in Kastrup maybe we could meet? All the best for you and your family in the New Year, Peter

Ian Stehbens on December 29, 2012

Hi Peter,

Last time we flew to Europe we arrived at Kastrup. Sounds like a great thing to do, the next time, also!


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