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Every Which Way

Can you tell which way this train is going?
Even in the Holland polder you can get away for the weekend!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

Every Which Way

Can you tell which way this train is going?
Even in the Holland polder you can get away for the weekend!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

comments (47)

To the right?
Ginnie Hart: You're not sure, are you, Jewlya! HA! I love it. grin Actually, no.
Great shot. Love the colour. I have taken those trains so many times smile Is it a stoptrien?
Ginnie Hart: It probably IS a stoptrein, Sujit, but I usually can't tell by looking. i have to read it on the sign. smile Thanks.
  • Kay
  • wet and rainy Portland
  • 14 Mar 2008, 01:44
Ah, look at those geese, Ginnie! Lovely composition. Perhaps the geese will want to hitch a ride on the train?
Ginnie Hart: For all the times they surely see the trains whiz by, Kay, these geese are probably very wistful, yes! I like that thought. smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Mar 2008, 02:00
Your choice of letterbox format works a treat here, Ginnie.
Really like the saturated colours.
Really, really like the close proximity of the grazing birds with the clacketty loco.
Which direction....you have frozen it to the rails with your shot, so it goes neither left nor right. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: HAHA! You cop out so nicely, Ray. I love it! Even Astrid didn't know what way it was going, so I'm guessing there's really no way to know from an image like this. But it was indeed going to the left. smile Thanks for all your kindest of words.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 03:15
to the right maybe? The ducks seem to be facing that way.
Ginnie Hart: There just isn't any rhyme nor reason, is there, Kanyi! smile It's actually going to the left, but that's only because I remember.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 03:32
Great colors, Ginnie. Have fun in (on?) the polder.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. In or on, I do have fun at the polder, especially when Astrid is with me. smile
My guess is to the right also.. Such a cool thing to ponder. I love it...

Ginnie - you get around so much. I think I long for this freedom once again as well!
Ginnie Hart: This "freedom" didn't happen for me, Jen, until I was almost 60, so you have a few years to go, perhaps?? smile The train is actually going to the left, but your guess is still 50-50 good. HA!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 04:17
From the lack of motion I'd say it's sitting still, but that's probably wrongsmile Exceptional capture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! WRONG is right, Sherri. smile It actually was going to the left, but how else would you know, right?! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Astrid
  • bijna in de bus naar.........
  • 14 Mar 2008, 05:14
To the left..or..to the right...that is the question....errm even I don't know and I was there.... grin
This is a great picture, the colors are great, the panorama view is very well choosen, the composition well balanced. @ Martin, I think it is fun in the polder...but Ginnie will answer that one wink
Have a great day today wherever you go....and if you go by train, I do hope it is on schedule....
Ginnie Hart: You are so funny, Ms. Astrid! I told Martin that in or on, I do have fun at the polder, especially when you are with me. And that's the god-honest truth! I DID go by train today and it was on schedule, even as was your bus. We were so lucky to explore Utrecht one more time. It's starting to become a habit that's hard to break! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Mar 2008, 07:20
It is going to the left. If you think I am wrong, go stand on the other side of the train tongue

Those gates again.

Great pano style landscape. The grass is greener, spring is closing in.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. You are so right, Louis, and good for you. Spring is definitely closing in! Thanks.
I don't know which way Ginnie but it's certainly given those Swans something to look at!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Those swans just get more and more wistful the older they get! The train is going to the left, into their space. smile Thanks, Chris.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2008, 07:35
The colors are so vivid, Ginnie. What a lovely place. Knowing you and your eye for composition, I say it is going to the left.
Ginnie Hart: You are very right, Kathryn, about the direction and I gratefully accept your compliment. Thank you. smile
Due to the fact that you left more space on the left, I would say to the left Ginnie. But this could well be a delusion!
Wonderful panorama shot. I love the colours.
Ginnie Hart: I like the way you think, Richard, and yes, you are right. smile Thanks a million.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2008, 07:51
A lovely Dutch country side panoram pic (geese, gracht, stop(?)train), full of colours (thanks, Ginnie, for I was longing for!), especially such an intense green, the NS-yellow and blue and some white points of the 'lieve' geese!
If I'm well informed, this week is "boekenweek" in Netherlands, and if you have bought a book in a 'boekhandel', on sunday you can cross gratis by NS-trains with your book-ticket the whole Netherlands! Fine idee!
Ginnie Hart: The colors came just in time for you, didn't they, Philine! smile I did NOT know about the boekenweek here in Holland, so we will miss out on that gratis ticket, I'm afraid. Donica heads to Belgium on Sunday. What a shame we didn't know or that it didn't come at another time. That would have been fun! Thanks.
Taking all the visual clues into consideration - note the slight leaning to the left of the trees behind it, the general lie of the land and the direction of gaze of the geese in the field - I can say without fear of contradiction that it's definitely going one way or the other or it's stationary.

Looks like another grey day down on the polder - just like here today; grey and drizzly. No chance of the workmen finishing my driveway paving then!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Colin, you are so cute! grin But it was definitely going to the left, for all the reasons you stated. I love it. Thanks.

Today the sun was shining in all its glory...but I wasn't at the polder. Maybe that'll happen another day!
bello il contrasto tra la natura e il treno giallo!
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Paola. It was such a delight to catch it before it was gone!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Mar 2008, 08:20
A well balanced composition - love the geese. It's a train for people who can't make up their minds which way to go!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I love it, Ingrid. It actually was going to the left, not that it really matters. smile
The geese are going to miss the train...

Lovely composition (seen the answer) but I would have said right, as we always read images from left to right.
Ginnie Hart: The geese actually DID miss the train, Mike. They just didn't waddle quickly enough! smile Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Mar 2008, 08:40
Love the crop, Ginnie. Nice to see that blanket of green, and the geese are the icing on the cake. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: It was such a fun sight to behold, Roz! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 14 Mar 2008, 09:18
Ginnie great colours,I think to the left as good photographers(and you are)always allow moving object to travel in to space.Then again you may have wanted to get the swan in the frame(I have no idea)
Ginnie Hart: Your compliment is humbly received, Vintage. Thank you. And yes, you are right. The train was moving into the space of the geese. smile
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 14 Mar 2008, 09:34
We have the same problem with our trains in France ... Well spotted !!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Ann.
Surely it is stuck cos the land is flatsmile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You make all the sense in the world, Nigel. Thanks.
  • mal
  • 14 Mar 2008, 10:07
which ever way it's going, it will be on time! I like the image. mal
Ginnie Hart: You're right about that, Mal. I LOVE the train systems in Europe, everywhere I go. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 14 Mar 2008, 10:08
Love the crop Ginnie and the geese are a real bonus, lovely capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aussie. I think Astrid probably knows the geese by name. smile
No idea, what a funny one...
Ginnie Hart: To the west, Chantal, trust me. smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Mar 2008, 11:12
I think it is a tug of war between two engines, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that thought, Chad. Exactly what I think about the subject. smile Thanks.
  • dilip
  • India
  • 14 Mar 2008, 11:29
i would hv said "left" simply based on ur compositional skills coz i dont think u wud ever put a train moving to the right towards the right side of the frame ... smile ... great shot anyways ... !!! ...
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are a sweetheart, Dilip, and you happen to be right about the direction of the train. Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenmting. Your link takes me to the Aminus3 home page. I would love to have YOUR link!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 11:50
Oh fun! It looks like a long postcard.

And of course it is heading for those geese (ducks?).
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, you are so right. Those geese had been waiting all day! grin Thanks.
This reminds me of train travel across the fens in Eastern England. I don't mind which way the train is going. It is the fundamental ingredient in this landscape image. richard
Ginnie Hart: When I get on these trains, Richard, I don't care either, as long as they're going where I want them to go. I LOVE the European trains. Thanks.
Did you know that this type of train is called "hondekop"(dog's head)?
A nice view!
Ginnie Hart: No, Wim, I did not know that! But now I do. I'll try to remember that. smile Thanks.
I suppose as you are a good composer of pictures, the train should be travelling to the left where there is plenty of space..we are too far away to see the driver!!
Ginnie Hart: You have given me a big smile, Bill. Thanks a million (and yes, your flattery will get you everywhere!). smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2008, 16:10
Sorry: On saturday gratis with the NS-trains!
Op zaterdag 15 maart kan iedereen op vertoon van het Boekenweekgeschenk Gala van Ronald Giphart gratis met de trein reizen. Dit aanbod geldt voor de 2e klas en voor alle binnenlandse treinen van NS*.
Ginnie Hart: Wow! Thanks for the correction, Philine. Hmmm. I wonder if we can make anything happen this late. I sure do like the thought, though. smile
Very interesting shot, I have no idea which way it's really heading. Nice capture and especially like the countryside.
Ginnie Hart: HA! There's no way to tell unless you actually saw it, and I saw it! smile It was going left. Thanks, John.
  • Bob K-Atlanta
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 19:06
Ginnie, I would have said to the right because of the way the blue stripes are tilted. I just love your photography!!
Namaste, Bob
Ginnie Hart: You've just made my day, Bob! What a sweetheart!!! smile
Doesn't matter which way it goes Ginnie, it just adds a bit of colour to the landscape. Well caught.
Ginnie Hart: My thought exactly, Les. smile Thanks.
Very nice indeed, well done dear Ginnie wink
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Rafael, for stopping by and commenting again.
  • Patrushka
  • Spokane, Washington, USA
  • 15 Mar 2008, 06:21
What a joy to see this, Ginnie, and get a laugh out of all the comments! We had more snow today, a big disappointment after the old snow melted away and it looked like spring was around the corner. So all that GREEN stuff in your very colorful picture lifted my spirit! Love the letterbox presentation!
Ginnie Hart: You'd think we'd see/have snow here in AMS, Patrushka, but NO. I haven't seen one flake the entire winter (though I think it did snow once while we weren't here). Atlanta is the same way but one day in February we actually had snow flurries there, that didn't stick to the ground. Therefore, it's hard for me to be tired of the snow you all are getting this year and which I grew up with in Michigan as a child. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that spring really IS around the corner. Hang in there. smile
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 10:49
Lovely crisp shot Ginnie, and letterbox (my fave I've decided) orientation really suits it.
Ginnie Hart: I increasingly like the letterbox format, Dave, whenever I have a chance to use it. I totally agree. smile Thanks.
I always enjoy a train shot Ginnie being a bit of an enthusiast and I like this one. As you say which way is it going? Oh, I see, it's to the left, well plenty of room for it to move in to as the best judges say.
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Brian. Thank you. smile
Dr Doolittle on board Ginnie? Hope your well, Chris
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love that thought, Chris. Thank you.
Hai Ginnie Thanks for you comment, The train is so familiar looking , so 'feeling home' The 16th (tomottow) you can travel for free by train , you just have to show the BOOK of 'boekenweek' ( presented book for bookweek)so gooooo!

Ios (my dog) is so sick I am really scared, no time for much blogging, have to watch her.

Bye from JoAnn (Holland)
Ginnie Hart: Graag gedan, JoAnn. Philine told us about the boekenweek ticket in her comment but said it was yesterday, on the 15th? We weren't able to take advantage of it but what a fun idea.

I'm so sorry to hear about your dear IOS. I know you need/want to take care of her.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 16 Mar 2008, 08:10
I am glad your in Amsterdam after hearing about the Atlanta tornado. I hope your people in Atlanta are all ok.

As for the train, I thought is was standing still.
Ginnie Hart: We were shocked to hear about the destruction to downtown Atlanta yesterday, Helen. Some of the places hit are places we frequent for concerts! (sigh) LOL at the train standing still. Trains are always standing still on the page, aren't they! smile
No Ginnie its (by train) is TODAY, the 16th!!..... Today is "The train free" ( no pay) day!!

So when you hurrie (!) you can atch the train..... to where else you wanna go , ut don't gforget the "boekenweek-geschenk" The FREE book form the bookweek , the book title is "The Piano man"

So go go go!!!
(Go to Maastricht thats a pretty city!)
Ginnie Hart: Well, either day did not work for us, JoAnn. Too bad! Maybe next year we'll find out ahead of time! But thanks anyway. smile We have been to Maastricht (9 years ago) but would love to go again. Good idea.
Colourful and optimist picture : I like it very much Ginnie !!
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad, Zeb! smile Thanks.
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 17 Mar 2008, 11:12
Beautiful rural image! smile
I love the colors. Train is going to Right!! 7th sencesmile
I like, Ginnie! I like that green field and the contrast with the train! I repeat, likes!
Ginnie Hart: smile YOU are a Likey for me, José-Angel. smile

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