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One Last Hurrah

 

I know, I know...the skates are already hung up,

but I couldn't resist one more image of the fun we had.

Somewhere near us in the Netherlands.

 

 

One Last Hurrah

 

I know, I know...the skates are already hung up,

but I couldn't resist one more image of the fun we had.

Somewhere near us in the Netherlands.

 

 

comments (45)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Feb 2012, 01:53
Making the most of it, while it lasts.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ray!
  • Syam
  • India
  • 22 Feb 2012, 03:29
Lovely shot Ginnie, perfect lighting there...well framed....smile
Ginnie Hart: Thnak you kindly, Syam.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Feb 2012, 04:41
Great scene and perfect light. Love the trees in the background. One big happy family on the ice. It was a perfect spot for skating.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, MLMA. The thing is, out in the boonies like this everyone can have their own personal, family skating spot! And to think this happens all over the Netherlands when it gets cold enough. No wonder you Dutch grow up on skates (and bikes)!
It's so cool with the bridge and the sunlight.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you,Jacquelyn. It was late afternoon and the sun was getting low in the sky. I loved the feeling of the canals at that time of the day while the skaters were still out having fun.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2012, 06:55
That winter light is wonderful Ginnie. Next time take a movie of Astrid in action and attach it to the picture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris. Believe it or not, I have yet to take a movie with any camera I have ever had! Maybe that's a good goal for 2012!
je ne marche jamais ainsi dans les rivières glacées comme une patinoire car j'ai toujours peur que ça craque et que je me noie mais frigorifiée...
J'aime bien cette superposition solaire avec ces silhouettes à la chinoise
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear l'Angevine. The Dutch seem to have sense about their canal ice, knowing how to tell when it's ready or not. Good for them.
Lovely scene with this beautiful light Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Richard.
Great stuff Ginnie. You can see why the Dutch can all skatesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bill, and exactly. Everyone has their own skating rink right outside their front door! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Feb 2012, 08:00
Yes, you are right- and this is a wonderful, finely composed sunlit winter picture! I love the chair on the ice gracht and all the shadows!
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Philine. I have other pictures of just the chairs on the ice. What a way of life, right?! smile
They love to skat eon those small waters...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they do, Chantal!
  • lisl
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2012, 08:09
Winter will come again, Ginnie! This is like an ancient Dutch painting
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elisabeth. It was 3 years ago when they were able to skate on the canals, so it's not a given it will happen every year. Maybe that's why everyone goes beserk when it happens! smile
You're absolutely right! You did a fine job again with this one.
I like the disapearing horizon
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Wim. I just LOVE these scenes and can't seem to get enough of them. smile
Good stuff Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Really captures the winter light. I`m very intrigued by the chair on the ice. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roz. Actually, the chairs on the ice totally captivate me and maybe one day I should show an image of just that. Those creative Dutch aren't dumb when it comes to facilitating their fun!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Feb 2012, 09:25
The most perfect late afternoon light. What a beautiful..beautiful day!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. I can just imagine what you'd do in this neck of the woods!
Wonderful picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Victoria.
That is fun Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Juan Carlos. Indeed! smile
I see chairs on the ice. Many children have learned to skate this way. Really love this shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I have seen many kids learning to skate with a chair, Mary. You're so right. In this situation, the chairs are more for putting skates on and off. Pretty darn clever, right? smile
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 22 Feb 2012, 09:48
A beautiful winter scene Ginnie and the light in this shot is perfect. Looks like everyone is having such a great time !!! Beautifuly captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette, and you're so right. It's all very soulful to me!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 22 Feb 2012, 09:49
I wonder is there a national - IT IS NO LONGER SAFE TO GO ONTO THE CANAL - announcement at all Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: HA! It's called sense and sensibility, Chad. The Dutch just know these things, I guess (though surely there are stupid mishaps all the time).
There could be more to come, Ginnie - lovely shot
Ginnie Hart: We're hoping for again next year, Tom, but Astrid is pretty clear it will not happen again this season. The Dutch seem to know these things. smile Thanks.
  • Luiza
  • Cologne
  • 22 Feb 2012, 10:07
Cool. In Cologne the spring is comingsmile
Ginnie Hart: We're hovering around 40-45F again, Luiza. Spring surely isn't that far away for us either. Danke.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Feb 2012, 11:26
Super stuff. I love the composition here with the view beyond the skaters.

Someone appears to have taken a dining chair to the ice!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alan. We see chairs on the ice everywhere, mainly for sitting down to put skates on and off. Pretty sensible, if you ask me. Also, some kids learn to skate by pushing a chair in front of them. smile
Looks wonderful Ginnie! I love it when the skies are clear, in winter!
Ginnie Hart: It's indeed wonderful, Martin. Exactly. Now you know why I love it here so much. smile
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Feb 2012, 12:15
Don't think we will see any more Ginnie got quite warm over here, glad you made the most of it will you could (envious).
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. Astrid says "that's all she wrote" for this season, even if it gets cold here again. It won't stay cold enough now to freeze the canals enough for skating. So glad we had it for almost 2 weeks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 22 Feb 2012, 14:10
for someone who can't even skate, i could only imagine the fun one could have on these frozen bodies of waters.. smile very nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. You'd have a blast, I know. smile
Wow! I have spent my entire life in warmer climats. Would love to spend a winter or two in sub zero temprature
Ginnie Hart: It's something everyone should have the chance to experience, Navin! You'd really get your education. smile Thanks.
A fine shot Ginnie, lovely lighting. It must get really cold for the water to freeze to this extent.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. We had two weeks of freezing temps, which was the magic we needed! The last time was 3 years ago, so we're not complaining that it was only for such a short period.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 22 Feb 2012, 17:35
Great shot with an excellent lighting. Have a lovely evening Ginnie. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Antoine. Merci.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 22 Feb 2012, 18:15
Is a Xmass postcard!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks, Oscar. Gracias.
  • tede
  • France
  • 22 Feb 2012, 18:22
The whole family patina, this place is superb for skating, magnificent shot. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tede. Merci.
Hello from Toronto Airport Ginnie... that is how we taught our kids to skate.... with a chairgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: So, did you learn it from the Dutch, Peter, or did they learn it from you?! HA! I love seeing it. So cute.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 22 Feb 2012, 20:01
End of winter?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Paule. In fact, the ice has all but melted by now!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Feb 2012, 23:54
It is beautiful and you have captured the moment perfectly ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Cherry.
You couldn't have picked a better time of day to capture this wonderful scene, Ginnie. Just look at that light and the shadows being cast.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Beverly. It really was a wonderfil sight! Thank you.
I'm so glad you did post this! Memories in the making!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. I am, too. I'll never forget it.
I would love to be there skating. Our ice is pretty crappy right now.
Ginnie Hart: Ours is crappy now, too, Michael...all but melted. We were glad we had it for a week or two!
You did well not to resist Ginnie, it's interesting for us who do not often have this kind of landscape in front, although this year we were really served us so
Ginnie Hart: I try not to take such scenes for granted, Marie. They are so very Dutch, aren't they. Merci.
  • Jany
  • FRANCE
  • 23 Feb 2012, 09:16
Très jolie photo noir et blanc,un cliché de saison....Excellente journée.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Jany.
  • Mats
  • Sweden
  • 23 Feb 2012, 10:29
Looks awesome, must be much fun! Good photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mats. For the Dutch it's their soul...and is becoming mine as well!
A great way to travel, as long as one knows the water isn't very deep smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, John. The Dutch can skate from village to village if the ice is frozen enough. They love it!
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2012, 16:09
Hopefully they won't fall too far if the ice is thin. A lovely day to skate.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Rob! smile Thanks.
I just loved all of these photos, Ginnie. And Astrid's story was wonderful. Quintessential winter!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda, and you're so right! THIS is quintessential DUTCH winter!
Mooie plaat met het tegenlicht, erg sfeervol!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Robbie.
enjoy the last gasps of winter!!!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Dennis!

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