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'Tis the Season

 

And so it begins!

As seen this past Saturday in nearby Nieuwpoort, Netherlands.

 

'Tis the Season

 

And so it begins!

As seen this past Saturday in nearby Nieuwpoort, Netherlands.

 

comments (48)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Nov 2012, 00:44
Ha ha

It has also begun in Bangkok...seems to start earlier each year.
Ginnie Hart: It used to start after Thanksgiving in America, Ray. Then after Halloween. But now I think it even starts in September? (sigh)
yup!!!! same here !!!!!
Ginnie Hart: I love the lights, Dennis, so I have no problem with that part! smile
Here we go... I love when all the lights start to come out! These stars are beautiful strung across the canal!
Ginnie Hart: I, too, love when the lights come on, Elizabeth. I can easily handle that part of the season, especially on rainy, dreay days. Astrid says it's pretty common here to string lights across a canal. I love it!
It looks very cheerful Ginnie... but how do the boats get down the canal now ? grin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter...on a rainy, dreary day, the lights were quite welcome. Where I'm standing to take the picture is at the dea-end of the canal, so there aren't any boats here! No place to go. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:05
Great shot and yes it's the season. Love the reflections. A nice little town to visit and eat spareribs smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, MLMA. I love this town, and not just for the spareribs! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:15
We had our Christmas lights turned on in Bath last week Ginnie. It looks like the population of Nieuwpoort have all run away!
Ginnie Hart: Ours were turned on maybe for 2 weeks now, Chris, in preparation for Sinterklaasdag on 5 December. I love holiday lights so I can handle them as soon as the time changes! We were in the town just after 4p when I took this picture. I think there wasn't a lot going on right then! HA!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:16
Haha - let's hope it will be as tasteful as here - a very typical Dutch town - I especially like the patterns of pavement - after the Novermber rain.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Philine. I can definitely handle this understated show of the season. It actually really brightens up the rainy, dreary day!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:21
You have brought out the light in what must have been a very dull day, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely rainy and dreary, Lisl, but the lights really brightened things up for me! Thanks.
lovely and serene atmosphere
Ginnie Hart: A tiny little town, Fabrizio, with lots of charm. Grazie!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:49
well that's very pretty and understated compared to here, there's plastic santas everywhere lol just kidding really, but the stores are FULL of Christmas stuff, i'm still stuck in summer mode! time is travelling too fast these days smile
Ginnie Hart: I can handle this simplicity, Elaine, for sure. It brightens up any day. Thanks. But you're right. Time is just FLYING! I've been here 3 years now. Is it possible?
The official switch on of the Droitwich Christmas light (we can only afford one) is on November 24th. Santa will be in attendance taking time out from his grotto to join in the merry making.

I bet these stars look good at night floating above the water
Ginnie Hart: It was about 4:15p that afternoon, Bill. Later, when it was dark, I wished I had had my tripod for a time-lapsed image. Indeed! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Nov 2012, 07:56
Yes it is the shopping centres are playing christmas carols Love this photo
Ginnie Hart: They used to wait till after Thanksgiving in America, then it started after Halloween, Vintage. Now I think they even start earlier! Thanks.
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 19 Nov 2012, 08:30
A wonderful capture Ginnie of the start of the Season. Here in SA all the big malls are already made up with Christmas decorations and as early as October. It is indeed a busy season and not very nice to go to the shops....much to busy.
Ginnie Hart: I love it better to visit these small towns at this time of the year, Laurette. No shopping malls. No big stores at all, actually. Just a few lights like this, which I quite enjoy! Thanks.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 19 Nov 2012, 09:03
Jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

JP
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP.
Ha ha... This is so Dutch.
Only in Holland, people decorate their canals, eh? :o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, LC, you are so right. More Dutch you cannot get! grin Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 19 Nov 2012, 09:30
Very nice decorations Ginnie but, I hate seeing them up before December. I thought it was just us idiot Brits who do that.
Ginnie Hart: I'm afraid the American and English traditions and commercialism have crossed over the waters, Chad!
I'm glad I hang out in the woods and field. They haven't started to decorate for Christmas yet.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Mary. At least this isn't over-done! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Nov 2012, 10:29
Lovely shot of the water skimming stars. Yes, and for 2 weeks I have been noticing the stuff in our streets and shops as well.
Ginnie Hart: It was understated enough to make me smile, Louis. smile Thanks.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2012, 10:37
Simple and effective! the reflections add to it all
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. That's what I thought. smile
Very nice framing Ginnie. Chrismas will be here in 1 month...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie, and YES, exactly. It seems to come earlier every year! Merci.
What an ingenious way to decorate for the season, and what a brilliant way to photograph it with such beautiful curving lines! An enchanting image Ginnie :^)
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Doug. Thank you.
I like how understated and elegant these decorations are, Ginnie, and the way the fit right into the location. My eye is taken, too, with that wonderful chevron patterned pavement. An all around delightful image.
Ginnie Hart: You're so sweet, Beverly. Thank you for this lovely comment.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2012, 12:31
Love those stars and how they're strung over the canal. Magical!
Ginnie Hart: For these sometimes drab, dreary and drizzly days, Marcie, those stars are most welcome. Thank you.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2012, 12:33
Oh dear! Not even Black Friday yet! I do like the lights, though.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Alan. We always used to wait till after Thanksgiving, didn't we!
A lovely festive shot Ginnie: composition and reflection! I like how you've got a great looking photo out of what looks to be a grey day! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. It was definitely a drab, drizzly, dreary sort of day but came alive for me the second I saw these lights.
It is indeed. The lights are up in Truro and Wednesday evenings is late night shopping when they close off the traffic. Those look pretty with the reflections
Ginnie Hart: It's that time and I love the quiet scenes like this that I can handle, Janet! Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2012, 15:12
Bonjour Ginnie. Superb photo with excellent framing. Your viewing angle is perfect. On your beautiful photo, I can see that the installation of Christmas decorations began. Good evening. Amicalement Antoine Antoine
Ginnie Hart: You're so sweet, Antoine. And YES, the Christmas season is now upon us! Merci.
The thumb looks so much like one of Camille Pissaro's delightful street scenes. But of course yours is very contemporary with the dreaded row of shiny cars
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just wish we could clone out all the dreaded rows of shiny cars, Richard. But then, we'd lose the fact that so much of the past is present with the NOW. We don't get that in America at all!
Yup... 'Tis the season. I'm just going outside now to start the Christmas decorating... starting with my front porch urn. Have you begun your decorating yet?
Ginnie Hart: You're lucky, Jacquelyn. Astrid won't let me do the decorating till AFTER Sinterklaasdag, which is 5 December. HOWEVER, her compromise is that I can set up the tree but not turn on the lights till the 6th (it's tradition!). smile
I like the stars but really love the building with the tower at the back.
Ginnie Hart: You have good taste, Brian, because that's the former town hall from 1697! smile Thank you.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2012, 16:16
Pretty, but very restrained! Nice composition though smile
Ginnie Hart: Restrained and understated, Sarah. Exactly. Just the way I like it. smile Thanks.
ha...no way to enjoy the autumn fully if the commercial people do not go well or want more, Ginnie. I suggest they just leave them in place, switched on, for next year!
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Juan Carlos. Just leave them there for next year. smile
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2012, 17:17
the xmas lights... Santa is comming soon
Ginnie Hart: For the Dutch, he comes on 5 December...straight from Spain. HA!
  • Madeline
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2012, 17:36
We had our 1st tree lighting ceremony yesterday...at Pier 39.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. And I bet it was a delight to the eyes! Thanks, Mad.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2012, 18:24
Very pretty and I love the reflections.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Cherry.
It will start on December 1st here! Lovely capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: None too soon, then, Richard. Merci.
I like the open ended-ness of the title Ginnie, suitably ambiguous!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thank you, Fred! smile
Christmas lights already!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Tom, even if understated. Just perfect. smile
Simple and understated, Ginnie. A very effective picture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I love the simplicity!
Well, I was admiring the photo and reading the comments, but when I got to Astrid's, and she mentioned spareribs, all thoughts of pretty canals went right out of my mind! How can I be so distracted by food when I've just had supper?
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Patrushka! grin It's 20 km from home and well worth the drive for their spareribs. HA! I love it. Besides, we were also there for a craft exhibition just a block away, so we killed two birds with one stone. smile
Nah. It is still too early for that.
Ginnie Hart: Or so it would seem, Michael. I remember the day when it never happened till after our American Thanksgiving at the end of November!
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Nov 2012, 07:18
Wow I love this Ginnie, so tastefully done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sally.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2012, 08:29
Yes, I had to make a trip to the Apple Store in the beginning of October and the mall was piping Christmas music.

I like the reflection on the star farthest right.
Ginnie Hart: It seems to start earlier and earlier every year, Helen. In the good old days it never started till after Thanksgiving. Oh well. It's a great season, so I don't mind! smile Thanks.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 20 Nov 2012, 18:15
Ginnie, this is great!! Looking at lights gets me so excited for christmas smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Emily, and me, too. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 20 Nov 2012, 21:38
The dangling stars do add a touch of colour to a nice pic of the canals on a grey day.

But I still think that there should be an international convention that forbids Christmas 'stuff' being exhibited before 1st December.
Ginnie Hart: There would always be someone trying to break the rules, George, especially when it comes to this festive season. To be honest, I can handle the ones that are understated like this, especially on a drab day.
perhaps the most commercial festival of the calendar. its the same story here too
Ginnie Hart: Yup. So when it's understated like this, Ayush, we can be happy?!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2012, 19:39
pretty cool place to hang decors.. smile nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: HA. I thought so, too, Rian. Thanks.
lovely place smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Joshi.

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