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The Cellars


In yesterday's photo I told you about the wharf system under the main streets of Utrecht, Holland, along the Oude Gracht (Old Canal).

In its heyday, storage facilities and wine cellars were built for easy accessibility along the canals.
Handy for a Friday afternoon after work!

[Today Donica and I fly back to Atlanta from Amsterdam.]


The Cellars


In yesterday's photo I told you about the wharf system under the main streets of Utrecht, Holland, along the Oude Gracht (Old Canal).

In its heyday, storage facilities and wine cellars were built for easy accessibility along the canals.
Handy for a Friday afternoon after work!

[Today Donica and I fly back to Atlanta from Amsterdam.]


comments (46)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Mar 2008, 01:57
Really like the muted greens in this image, Ginnie...and the water stains on the old brickwork.
Ginnie Hart: This is the look you get using mono/sepia through the Multiply layer in PS, Ray. It retains a bit of the color, which I like for the old-timey feel. Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2008, 03:14
They must be pretty sure that there won't be any floods with the doors so low to the water.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says that they have ways of lowering the water whenever necessary...which is, of course, what they have to do all the time in Holland anyway! It's quite the system! Thanks, Martin.
That is a dream shot. What more can I say?
p.s. I fixed the little problem with the link. There was a typo.
Ginnie Hart: So glad you figured out the link, Michael, but as you know, I was able to find you anyway! smile Thank you for your kind words.
  • Astrid
  • just out of bed...................................
  • 28 Mar 2008, 05:40
The processing you do to this picture, does it make like time stopped, like yesterday, love the little water-chichen swimming in the Gracht, the water will not get any higher of the good system of waterlocks into the Gracht, (answer to Martins question). Love the reddishs and greenishs tones in the doors, love the composition, just one good picture, have a safe flight home for you and Donica. smile
Ginnie Hart: We are now home safely, Astrid, and are just picking up from where we last left off, as you know. smile Thank you for your kind words, as always. I love these places that are dear to your own heart, as they are now to mine.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2008, 06:13
what an amazing place! Lovely image too.
Ginnie Hart: It really is amazing, Kanyi. Wish you could see it, too. Thanks.
Lovely little chunk of industrial history.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Things like this never cease to amaze me. Thanks, Bill.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2008, 07:42
Delicious muted tones in this one, Ginnie. I find this photograph so appealing. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You are so very kind, Roz. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2008, 08:26
Another good one Ginnie. Love the warmth of the brown tones. You just want to open that door which is so resolutely shut and see inside.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I know, Ingrid. So much behind these closed doors and windows I'd love to see with my own eyes! Thanks.
I'm beginning to wonder if there's anywhere in the Netherlands that you haven't explored yet smile Your honorary Dutch citizenship should be ready anytime now.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Oh yes, Kunle. There are so many other places I want to see, and lucky for me, I have a real Dutch lady (Astrid) who is willing to explore with me. It doesn't get much better than that! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Mar 2008, 08:33
Your pic can bring up former "heyday"- times and I can imagine the high life during the "Gouden Eeuw" and later along the Oude Gracht.... , but your pic shows by the sepia toning too that these times are gone..., a kind of decay can be felt...
I wish you both a safe flight and come soon back to take new pictures! I'm glad that "jij houd even zo van Nederland als ikke"!
Ginnie Hart: You know how to say these things so well, Philine! The days gone by but still giving us a glimpse! I do love these places, as you know by now. They are deep within the fabric of my soul! Thank you.
  • Ferdi
  • 28 Mar 2008, 08:36
There should be a board saying - " attach boat here " smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Ferdi. Thank you. smile
A dream shot Ginnie. I love the tones!
Have you and Donica a pleasant and safe flight back to Atlanta.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard. We are indeed safely back home in Atlanta...for two weeks. smile
bellissima! amo i toni del seppia! complimenti!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Paola. Thank you again for your comment.
The tones in this give it a sense of age, nicely done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: LOTS of age, Les, as you can tell. smile Thank you kindly.
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre-France
  • 28 Mar 2008, 10:06
I love the tones and the frame ... Wine you said ... They had to be careful not being drunk or they could have fell in the river ...
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wouldn't that be fun to watch! grin Thanks for the smile, Ann.
Long boots would be in order if your boat drifted.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You know these things, Mary. smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 28 Mar 2008, 10:55
This is very good for me, ginnie. I like the composition, its integrity and the tones that are shown.
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Chad. smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Mar 2008, 11:03
Nice capture Ginnie. Safe flight.
Ginnie Hart: Weare back home safe-n-sound, Aussie. Thank you!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Mar 2008, 11:09
I heard you were going home again, have a safe trip!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chantal. We did indeed have a safe flight back.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2008, 11:35
I just love bricks like this. Nice shot.

Happy travels! Talk with you Stateside.
Ginnie Hart: I love the bricks, too, Ruth. And yes, we're back Stateside and our Internet is now working again. It must have been those storms a couple weeks ago that hit Atlanta!
Cool shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gishan!
une fois de plus, c'est beau, superbe coup d'oeil.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Marietom, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 28 Mar 2008, 13:29
Good capture love the brick work
Ginnie Hart: I am a glutton for old bricks, Vintage! Thanks.
Hello Ginnie ,
Wonderlfull therefore I love the canals in Amsterdam,Utrecht and other places in Holland, >
(as you might notice I could open your website today straight from my desktop, not through my bloglink)<

Important is more, I am SO happy I can see/visit your photography again... that means a lot to me!!!

If you are intersted I showed some impressions of LUXEMBURG on my blog on yetsreday and today, come and see. have a great weekend smile Greetings from JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad the link works now for you, JoAnn. I hope you know by now how much I love your country! Thank you.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2008, 14:05
The bars on the windows seem so silly with the water. Interesting.
Ginnie Hart: It makes you wonder, Sherri, doesn't it! Thanks.
TOUT EST LA. L'EAU AMENE AU VIN.
(in vino veritas)
Ginnie Hart: HA! So true, Lecracleur. Thanks.
  • sfer41
  • french
  • 28 Mar 2008, 14:15
des maisons construites en briques comme en SOLOGNE beau cliché
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE anything made out of bricks, especially OLD bricks. Thanks, sfer41, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Bernie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Mar 2008, 15:04
Wouldn't fancy stepping out of this door first thing in the morning Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right about that, Bernie! smile Thanks for the smile.
  • john
  • Norwich,England
  • 28 Mar 2008, 17:34
Impessive shot. Dont walk out the door and forget that there is no boat to get into !! Nice coot as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so very much, John, for stopping by and commenting. You aren't going to believe this but I never noticed the coot till you mentioned it. Unbelievable.
Do not open this door from inside with too much drink in you!!

Have a safe journey!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Precies, Wim. Precies! smile Thanks for the smile.
  • Justin
  • China
  • 28 Mar 2008, 20:02
That's an interesting shot.
Ginnie Hart: I hope interesting is good, Justin? smile Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting.
Oh that's a great shot Ginnie: love the muted colours
Ginnie Hart: So glad, Chris. You're a sweetheart!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Mar 2008, 21:06
Water management in Holland is a subject that can keep me busy quite long. Sufice to say that where we battle to get the water to the land for the farmers etc, in Holland they battle to get it away from the land. The result is the enormous canal system.

Great picture, it looks a little converted but it could be the natural colours as well smile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Louis, you have a good eye! This image IS converted to mono/sepia through the Multiply layer, which retains a hint of the color. I often choose it for when I want the old-timey look. I always appreciate the value you add in your comments. So much info to still learn about this wonderful country.
I like much since you have captured these brick walls!
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE old brick walls, José-Angel. Thanks! smile
  • martie
  • US
  • 29 Mar 2008, 04:55
Gorgeous shot. Love the muted tones and the reflections in the water.

Safe journey!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Martie. We are now back home, safe-n-sound...for two weeks. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 29 Mar 2008, 05:44
great tones ginnie. looks like the walls are weeping.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhh. I love that thought, Neal. That touches me deeply. Thank you for your comment.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 29 Mar 2008, 11:17
Interesting shot. I wish you a good flight to Atlanta.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cako. We are back safe-n-sound!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:21
Lovely tones, very subtle
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dave. Subtle works for me. smile Hope you're doing well!
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 29 Mar 2008, 13:42
Another great brick wall from you Ginniesmile
But the little step in front of the door don´t look so safe to stand on smile
Ginnie Hart: Nothing safe about it at all, Magnus. I have a feeling its heyday is long gone. smile Thank you kindly.
This is good example of texture,ver well done Ginnie.
You asked me to remind for 29th March to turn your light off at 8 pm for one hour smile
http://www.earthhour.org/
Ginnie Hart: Oh, THANK YOU, CISI. I have been reminded from some family members as well. Sounds like a good idea.
Nice tonal colours in this just like some of your others Ginnie. Love all the detail in the brickwork.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Brian. Thank you kindly.
  • Ron S
  • 24 hours from Funchal
  • 30 Mar 2008, 07:46
A shot that's made by the details. Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Guilty as charged, Ron. smile Everyone who knows me knows I'm a detail-person! Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 30 Mar 2008, 21:58
strangely beautiful...
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Sam. Thank you.
Safe journey; I like the brickwork in this one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We're back in Atlanta safe-n-sound, Chris, so thank you. I LOVE bricks, especially the old ones.
  • Still
  • France
  • 1 Apr 2008, 20:38
Beaautiful. I love Utrecht!
Ginnie Hart: It is a fabulous city, Still. I am loving it more and more, every time I visit it. It also helps to have someone with me who really knows it well. Thanks.
Perfect atmosphere and great composition : A likey !!
Ginnie Hart: You are such a push-over.Zeb. grin But you know I love it.

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