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rav200 on February 26, 2008

Your new series of macros are beautiful, Ian. Where did you find all these flowers? :-)


juan jose romero on February 27, 2008

How beautiful, Macromaster!! And what a title...! compliments, Ian. Best regards, JJ

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2008

Dear Rafal and JJ.

I am smiling inside and out, all over! I like it when we agree on what is beautiful.

Rafal, it is summer here so flowers abound. This one is in a pot at the back door, tended by my wife. And the roses are in the garden at a Tongan church where I went yesterday, while arranging for a Pacific Choir Day that I organise every year. Now, I take my camera with me most of the time, because of Panoramio. So while I was waiting for about 15 minutes, I thought the roses would allow me some opportunity to practice, and you have seen a couple of the results.

O, by the way, flowers bloom here all through the year so we are never short on colour.

Regards to you both, in Poland and Andalusia.


Evgenia Lepikhova on February 27, 2008

Beautiful flower, romantic title, poetic mood of artist - does not know that makes the greater impression, dear Yan. Best regards. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2008

Promising to love - to any who would receive it!

Juan José, aren't Andalusians renowned for being great lovers? I think that might be why you like the title. It shows in your phtographic painting, especially in the colours and moods that you create.


And Eva you must remember that there is a bridge in your city that has a pink ribbon tied to it! Thank you for appreciating what I have been able to express in the images I have created, but they are only images:

The reality is in

the spectacles of nature from which they are drawn

or in

the hearts into which they are drawn.


juan jose romero on February 27, 2008

yes, Ian: we are well-known for being great, passionate lovers..... same as kangaroos are famous for being extraordinary boxers! I myself, honestly, am a complete disaster. Perhaps that's why there's always a touch of erotism in my paintings... anyway, let's kangaroos enjoy their boxing abilities!:))

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2008

Well JJ, you are a great friend and a passionate artist, even if lovers and boxers seem to belong in the same analogy. I guess successes and failures go together, as do ups and downs, love and conflict, joy and pain. I must admit I was thinking only of the romanticism (rather than eroticism) in your artwork. The paradoxes of life inspire great artists, and I think of a number of Spanish artists for whom great and paradox go together.

Up close, kangaroos can pack a punch and a kick! But they are best observed through a telephoto lens.


juan jose romero on February 27, 2008

HAHAHA.........believe me, I'de never dare to take a close look at a boxing kangaroo, let0s not say at a kangaroo in love!;)) thanks for fun, time for me to go to bed..Good night, Panú (my dog) and JJ

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2008

Good night, Panú and JJ.

Good morning, JJ and Panú. I trust you have a wonderful day.


I'd better go and give Cindy her breakfast for she is rubbing my leg and looking up with a pleading in her eyes. Cindy is our affectionate cat.

Hazel Coetzee on March 24, 2009

I love this little flower, Ian. The colours are so cheerful and it is positively smiling at the viewer! How nice to have a pot near the door, so that it can welcome / bid you farewell, travel safely ("hamba kahle" - which is Zulu for "go gently/carefully").

A lovely photo.

I have sent you a link, here: Patio Pleasures which I hope you will enjoy...?

Fond wishes, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on March 24, 2009

Dear Hazel,

It is very special that you enjoy such delightful, small beauties, Hazel. And how I love your Zulu greeting, which I recall from my visit to South Africa.



Bulbas on December 21, 2009

Wonderful))) flover!!! Hallo Ian)))!!!

The nature has no bodies of speech, but creates languages and hearts at which means speaks and feels.

With best wishes,


Ian Stehbens on December 22, 2009

Warmest greetings, dear Bulbas - and how you could do with some warmth right now.

Thanks for your special visit that touches on one of the central truths of our existence: we are designed to function best, when we are loved and expressing love.


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