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photoblog image At Half-Mast

At Half-Mast

 

...in the eleven-o'clock position of "death and mourning"

after Prince Friso's death.

De Hoop windmill, Gorinchem, NL.

 

 

The Language of Windmills is my post at Vision and Verb today.

 


 

At Half-Mast

 

...in the eleven-o'clock position of "death and mourning"

after Prince Friso's death.

De Hoop windmill, Gorinchem, NL.

 

 

The Language of Windmills is my post at Vision and Verb today.

 


 

comments (41)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 26 Aug 2013, 00:19
Outstanding shot Ginnie! The tones and wonderful sky make this a touching tribute to Prince Friso. Such a sad story.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances. i think the entire country had been in mourning for 18 months after his skiing accident. It was surely a mercy that he finally died after his long coma.
I am sorry to hear of the loss; so tragic.
Ginnie Hart: It was very tragic, Larry, indeed. I'm sure the royal family is glad it's finally "over" after 18 months of coma.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Aug 2013, 00:52
This is a superb image, Ginnie.

V&V not available yet, so I'll look later.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. I'm so glad the windmills talk about more things than just death!
beautiful shot with a nice, still reflection.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Ayush.
A beautiful image, and fitting tribute. Condolences...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Elizabeth. I love that all the windmills paid tribute to him!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2013, 05:26
I had no idea about the language of windmills, and I read your Vison & Verb with a mixture of sadness and interest, Ginnie. This is just right for this sad month for the Dutch Royal Family
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Lisl. I think the entire country was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief, since he had been in coma for 18 months. It's over and the Royal Family can now do its final grieving.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Aug 2013, 06:57
Oh yes, I understand, and I saw a big photo of the very sad royal family on the first page of the "Volkskrant" in Amsterdam. A wonderful molen -foto, ja, de taal van de molen - later I'll read your V&V.
Ginnie Hart: I know you understand, Philine. Hartstikke bedankt!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2013, 07:09
Is this something that is deliberately done after a notable death? A fine image btw Ginnie, love the reflections
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Chris. If you read my V&V post you'll understand it all.... Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Aug 2013, 07:41
Absolute fabulous picture. I never get tired of this shot, when 'we walk the citadel'.
A great tribute to Prins Friso. So visible, in contrast of his life, he always wanted to be in the background.
Ginnie Hart: I never tire of this windmill either, MLMA. We are so lucky to have it nearby where we live. I hope the Royal Family can now "finish" their days of mourning, knowing this tragedy is now behind them. I'm very glad the entire country stood behind them in sharing their grief.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2013, 07:47
Looks like an old postcard, Ginnie. I like the reflection very much.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2013, 07:49
I've just read your Vision And Verb posting; I've heard of the "Stand still" position to mark "death and mourning"; fascinating. I never realised just had windmills were still working, too.
sympa le moulin et les couleur employé .
merci pour tweeter
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Keyouest. Merci.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 26 Aug 2013, 08:38
I keep forgetting the Dutch have a Royal family Ginnie, I wish I could forget that we have one. Very interesting reading your piece about winmill time meaning Ginnie, I never thought of them as a clock. I expect the Irish turn clockwise to be different to England.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Sometimes I forget it, too, Chad, but not for long. I think our Royal Family is a bit more "sedate," compared to yours?! But yes, interesting stuff about the windmills!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 26 Aug 2013, 09:19
That is gorgeous, love your processing
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Aussie.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 26 Aug 2013, 09:40
This is a gorgeous photo, Boots, of an interesting ritual upon a sad occasion.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ruth. And to think I've lived here almost 4 years and had no clue!
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... Where the sun rises first in England
  • 26 Aug 2013, 10:03
If only Royal personage could live a more normal life ... After all it must have been a hell of shock as they grew up to discover that they couldn't hang around on street corners with their mates.
Ginnie Hart: My sense is that THIS royal family is a lot more "normal" than yours, Richard, though I could be wrong? I'll have to pass that by Astrid. I've been quite happy by what I've seen thus far....
I didn't know that Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: After almost 4 years here, Bill, it was new to me, too!
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 26 Aug 2013, 10:34
This is a really, really beautiful shot, Ginnie. Everything is perfect. I had not heard that the prince had finally died.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mary. Thank you. Yes, he finally died! I think the entire country breathed a collective sigh of relief!
Very nice image. So fitting that the country should mark this sad event with their windmills. To an outsider, the windmill is such an enduring icon of Dutch culture, that I can't think of a more fitting tribute.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Dave, and I totally agree. Prince Friso was the Protector (guardian angel) of the Dutch Windmill Association, so it makes sense that all windmills would pay tribute to him!
  • Helys
  • Germany
  • 26 Aug 2013, 10:49
Wooooooooooooooow
Great find
Great details, reflections
Nice symmetry
Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Helys.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Aug 2013, 10:51
I didn't know that windmills also had a mourning position. So I learn and when I know everything, I die.

PS. the picture is another great artwork by yourself.
Ginnie Hart: All of this "language" was new to me, Louis, after living here for almost 4 years! It took Prince Friso's death to get me researching it all! Many kind thanks.
Quite sad Ginnie.
What a fabulous picture!
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Richard. I think we all are breathing a collective sigh of relief that it's now over. Thanks.
Maybe it's better this way?
Short-term pain is better than long-term pain.
Ginnie Hart: As I've told others, LC, we all are breathing a collective sigh of relief that's it's now "over." Indeed. It's better than wondering what will happen next.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 26 Aug 2013, 11:59
Bonjour Ginnie. Superb photo. Lighting and texture are very nice. Great work Ginnie. I like it. Have a lovely afternoon. Amicalement Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Antoine. Merci. (Please tell me where to go to find your latest images!)
A lovely picture Ginnie, but then it is one of those wonderful windmills. I have still to read your V.& V.but gather the general gist of the windmill language, what a wonderful thing for people to do.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Brian. I have never met a windmill that wasn't wonderful. smile
...soulfull windmills, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Juan Carlos. Soulful is the right word!
So appropriate to have your lovely image of De Hoop windmill mark this sad occasion.

I love the fact that Dutch windmills actually have a guardian angel to protect them, Ginnie. Will another member of the Royal Family take over the responsibility of Protector in Prince Friso's place?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Beverly. That's the same question I asked Astrid. She guesses that in a matter of time the youngest of the 3 brothers, Constantijn, will be the chosen one. We'll see!
Lovely shot with the reflection Ginnie. The death and mourning position is a nice touch in the country's tradition for these moments
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Janet. i really got my education after Prince Friso died!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Aug 2013, 15:36
Lovely picture and reflection
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Anne.
A very elegant shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John. This is one of my favorite windmills and is only a short walk from where we live.
Interesting custom, Ginnie - enjoyed your V&V story.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Tom. And to think I knew none of this till Prince Friso died.
Wonderful! Worthy of a great postcard!! ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Wim. It's a wonderful molen!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Aug 2013, 21:23
Beautiful photo smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cherry.
That iconic image is beautifully shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. Windmills make my world go 'round! smile
  • Focales
  • France
  • 27 Aug 2013, 06:36
Just superb! lovely reflections and composition
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marie. Merci. I love that it is just a walk away from us here where we live.
  • Emma
  • France
  • 27 Aug 2013, 07:25
Toujours émouvant
un moulin se reflétant
symboles à méditer
bravo pour le cliché

Bonne journée Ginnie
amicalement
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Emma. Merci.

I was able to leave comments on your blog before but can't figure out how to do it now. What's happening?
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 27 Aug 2013, 21:22
fantastic reflection. J'adore
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Oscar!
It's a sad day... and your image tells the story... i never knew that the eleven-o'clock position of stood for "death and mourning" ....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: And to think I knew nothing about any of it till Prince Friso died, Peter!
Beautiful picture composition and processing ... I did not know that windmills have a 'signal language'. Now I had to read the article on Wikipedia - very interesting!
Ginnie Hart: I've lived here almost 4 years, Wolfgang, and had no clue! Thanks.
Very beautiful view on it, very nice cought. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Diana.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2013, 15:43
beautiful symmetry captured in this scene, nicely done!
Ginnie Hart: You are such a trooper (as Astrid would say) to back-track to all of these posts, Rian. Thank you.

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