Painting the Country Red! Hops Farming, Riwaka, NZ

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Comments (6)

jeff_msn123 on August 17, 2012

Beautiful place. Wonderful shot. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

bdeh on August 17, 2012

We say "nice red isn't uggly" Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2012

Thank you, Jeff. Such intensive agriculture is commonplace in some areas of NZ and produces attractive landscapes, but in other areas, the wilderness is prevails. Here they almost meet.

I love the area.


Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2012

Hi Berend,

Red in a green-blue landscape is rather attractive and different. But it is the Dutch who are the masters of painting a landscape with brilliant colours - in the bulb growing areas!


peterbras on August 4

Hi Ian, I have been looking google at various places, coming across some of your photographic work. This 'Country Red! Hops in Riwaka' image reminds me of flying into Sydney, seeing all the red concrete tiles, covering most of the houses there... That was the domominat colour in those days -RED tile, red brick! New Zealand was pretty much the same for some 40 or 50 years. Regarding your comment about the Dutch with colours in the tulip fields makes me laugh a bit, Ian. The tulip my be Hollands nations flower, bulb, plant or whatever, but the tulip is not from Holland, nor even from the low lands of Europe. No more than the Kiwi fruit is from New Zealand. Tulip bulbs were brought into Holland by traders many years ago. They are native to the Highlands of Turkey - growing up above the snowline there. How long ago they were taken from Turkey, I do not know, but we are talking several hundred years... Now the Kiwi fruit from China was a very recent addition to our fruit crops here in NZ, but they do 'seem to have taken off' so to speak. Regards, Peter in Christchurch

Ian Stehbens on August 4

Greetings, Peter.

It is a joy to receive your message as a response to this photo and the couple of brief conversations. I have a special friend in Turkey and have enjoyed my brief time in Turkey very much, so I endorse your comments about the origins of tulips, as well as Kiwi fruit. The Chinese name for the fruit when translated into English certainly needed to be replaced if the fruit was to be marketed!


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