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The Water Pump


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

Have you heard of a farm without a water pump?  Of course not!
This one has aged well, along with the wheelbarrow.
As if the barn wasn't enough all by herself, this was probably the most photogenic spot of the day.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Water Pump


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

Have you heard of a farm without a water pump?  Of course not!
This one has aged well, along with the wheelbarrow.
As if the barn wasn't enough all by herself, this was probably the most photogenic spot of the day.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (38)

This comment gonna be totally random, but I'm so in love with the texture and the color of the timber. And the shadows, oh god, yes, the shadows.
Ginnie Hart: It was towards the end of the day, Susan, so the shadows were really out playing around. Thanks a million. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 00:21
Which is holding up which, that is here the question. This is a a very picturesque farm!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Martin. I don't even know if the pump is inside the ground at all, since it's not a working pump. But it sure makes a nice photo op. Thanks.
Great detail I think this would also look great in black and white... maybe better even
Ginnie Hart: You could be right about converting this to B&W, Skee, but as long as that gorgeous barn is there, I can't bear to do it! Maybe another day I'll try it. Thanks.
  • ChaCha
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 01:01
Nice Framing Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Sep 2007, 01:19
Nice composition...a sort of pastoral "still life".
For me, Ginnie, the background is the best part o the image...with that gorgeous blue weatherboard and the leaves all with their dappled shadows.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I agree, Ray. It's the barn and the rusty pump that made this for me. I almost didn't post it because the flowers seemed a bit blown. But thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 01:27
the image is quite beautiful yet strange. What are plants doing in a wheelbarrow? Was the tap used to water the flowers? You have a good eye for the strange.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think there are places all over the States where people use their old wheelbarrows for flower pots, Rags. smile I see many of them here in Atlanta. I love the idea of the pump being used to water the flowers but, alas, the pump is not a working pump. Thanks for stopping by.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 26 Sep 2007, 01:55
This wheelbarrow was found a few feet back there near the barn, no good for anything but flowers. You can see the tire is flat (sure, that can be repaired). Anyway, after Farm Day, this whole thing feel over, and the flowers dumped out. We repaired it the best we could. Maybe the wheelbarrow was saying it was beneath its dignity to hold flowers for decoration (or "desecration" as Mom used to say).

I do have mixed feelings about these little picturesque tableaux (even though I created this one). I agree that what I like most about the pic is the dappled shadows on the barn.
Ginnie Hart: Well, for your information, Ruth, THE photographer of the day, Nephew Paul, was taking many pics of this beautiful 'picturesque tableaux.' So you know it holds a lot of interest for all of us. I LOVE flowers in wheelbarrows. There's one such beauty down the street from me here in Atlanta. But yours is better! And I will never forget Susan deadheading those gorgeous flowers!

Does that pump free-stand there, propped up against the wheelbarrow? Or was that where it was situated in the yard, firmly planted?
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 26 Sep 2007, 01:59
You sister is a wise woman, Ginnie. That's the most clever location of a flower bed I've ever seen. You just pump a couple of times, as you pass it by, and you're done with watering...no hassle, no schmassle.
Very picturesque image indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Ruth IS a wise woman, Z, even if I must tell you that the pump is non-functioning. The idea of it is enough, which I just love. As you see, the flowers love it, too! Thanks.
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 26 Sep 2007, 05:47
I find it hard to take shots when its so bright outside but this is a great shot for that time of the day.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Etomi. It was pretty blown and I had to tone it down quite a bit. But I loved the late afternoon shadows on the barn. Thanks.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 26 Sep 2007, 05:59
Nice (flower) composition Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
  • └sýk˛
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2007, 06:01
lovely colours
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Asiko!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2007, 06:19
Lovely country garden feel to this shot Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tracy. You're a sweetheart.
An important question┬▒ does it still work=
Ginnie Hart: Sadly, Wim, the answer is NO. But I sure love the idea of it! smile
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 26 Sep 2007, 07:53
Are those flowers grown in the wheelbarrow ? Nice shot , very nice..
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are, Shakara. You see a lot of that here in the States. Pretty cool, right?! smile
Simply delightful.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Glad you like it, Bill. smile
Cool grin
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Suby. smile Thanks.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 09:06
I like the contrast between the patina of the aged tap (haven't seen one of those in a long time) and the green barn... very nice..
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Hamilton. I haven't seen one in a long time either!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Sep 2007, 09:13
Creative solution to use the wheelbarrow for flowers. Love the color of the barn here.
Ginnie Hart: We see that a lot here in the States, Scarlet. I agree that it's very creative! Thanks. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Sep 2007, 09:21
An other wonderful summerpic! Looking at the photo I'm in high spirits! Does the water pump still work in order to water the flowers? This photo could be taken in Holland too, for a collegue sent me a photo from Drenthe with a similar motive. I love this series about your sister's farm, each day a new discovery!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine, this farm is just a delight for discoveries! I feel the same way. Sadly, the pump does not function, but the idea that it does is worth the whole thing for me. I love it, too. Thanks.
Beautiful colours and the shadow on the door and the wheelbarrow is just great - I love shadows as you probably know grin
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aksel, I know. I'm one of your shadow fans. smile Thanks.
beaitufl lighting here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland
  • 26 Sep 2007, 11:45
Lovely shot Ginnie. Here you often use the old wheelbarrows as flower pots.
Ginnie Hart: Glad to hear it's not just in the States, Aussie. I think it's a creative use of something not being used any longer! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 26 Sep 2007, 12:32
To answer the questions about the water pump and whether it works, no. It's just standing there, where Don placed it, making the flowers THINK they're going to get a drink. But they always do, just not from that pump head.
Ginnie Hart: The illusion is worth every pic taken of it, Ruth!!! And you can tell Don I said so. smile
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2007, 14:03
Ican print this page out and put it on the wall of my classroom to look at it every morning, especially Monday mornings, to lighten up my mood.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You are such a sweetheart, Sinem! You just made my day. smile
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 26 Sep 2007, 14:18
Well.. that makes it easy to water flowers, cool!
Ginnie Hart: It's just an illusion, Clarence, since the pump is not functioning. But it surely is a lovely illusion, isn't it! smile Thanks.
this is gorgeous..what a stunning shot- excellent composition..how do we add to our likelys?
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are such a sweetheart, Gale. Since you asked...you click on My Account at the top of any post and it will pop up the Likey option. Thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 26 Sep 2007, 15:32
To answer your question to me, Ginnie, the pump is free standing, probably leaning on the wheelbarrow, but I'm not sure. I assume Don had to dig it into the soil a bit to keep it steady.
Ginnie Hart: That Don is something else, Ruth. You both really do work hand in hand! It looks like that exact spot COULD have been where the water pump would have been for eons! Thanks for your answer. In posting all these pics of YOUR farm, I've discovered all the questions I never asked while I was there. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2007, 17:43
Great textures on the pump and I love the shadows on the fence. This is the most tidy farm I have ever seen! Most farms over here seem to be either industrial sheds or dilapidated buildings full of abandoned bits and pieces!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a tidy farm, Ingrid. You would be in heaven there! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Sep 2007, 18:02
Excellent shot and lovely colours all around. Love the composition as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Louis!
Lovely shot! I'm still on vacation but getting my sister's puter for a moment.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. How cool, Mary. I know how it is about checking in ever so often when you're away. Have a great weekend birthday celebration!!!
  • astrid
  • the netherlands
  • 26 Sep 2007, 19:29
Lovely just lovely, I was speechless when I saw it (that doesn't happen too often) love all the 'barn' pictures
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Astrid. Thanks for your kind words.
I love the contrasting ingredients in the image ... and the green/blue of that shed just hums!! richard
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for stopping by again, Richard.
Very nice indeed, is the pomp still working ?
Ginnie Hart: No, Zeb, sadly it's not. It all for show and no go! smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2007, 22:31
Lovely colours Ginnie and very picturesque.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mike.
  • JoAnn
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Sep 2007, 23:09
Hi Ginnie,
This photo makes me think of a wheelbarrow which my youngest brother ever made, He gave the wheelbarrow to me and I planted flowers inthere just like on this photo.....

I moved from Utrecht to Amsterdam and forgot to bring this wheelbarrow with me , I wonder if it is still there. I am so ashamed I did not bring it with me! But I am not worried anymore its now almost 25 years ago, it will for sure NOT be there anymoresmile

BTW: how's the weather there in Atlanta today?, here in Holland its raining 'cats and dogs, not to name the heavy wind!!!
smileThanks for the birthday wishes for my hus last weekend.

Greetings from JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: So these can be found around the world, it seems, not just in the States. I can understand why you'd miss yours, JoAnn. Thanks for stopping by again!
I'm continuing to enjoy this series. This one is such a perfect postcard that it is like someone put the scene together, painting the barn to contrast with the flowers....
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jewlya. Thanks.
In this farm these obtaining really precious stamps, Ginnie. This center of flowers and the water pump, with the green barn behind is Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jose. Thanks.
What an utter delight! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Roz. Thanks.

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