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She's In

Go back with me to the February 24th Saturday when Donica and I took our all-day excursion to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.  Last week I showed you Stonehenge pics.  This week it'll be Windsor Castle, one of the principal official residences of the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

During the week she's usually at Buckingham Palace in London.  But on weekends, she's usually here at Windsor.  And if she is, the flag is flying!  Too bad we couldn't even wave at her!

Someone will mention that it's too bad the building on the left is leaning forward.  My response is that it's just paying its respect!  :)



She's In

Go back with me to the February 24th Saturday when Donica and I took our all-day excursion to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.  Last week I showed you Stonehenge pics.  This week it'll be Windsor Castle, one of the principal official residences of the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

During the week she's usually at Buckingham Palace in London.  But on weekends, she's usually here at Windsor.  And if she is, the flag is flying!  Too bad we couldn't even wave at her!

Someone will mention that it's too bad the building on the left is leaning forward.  My response is that it's just paying its respect!  :)



comments (26)

  • Ellie
  • 19 Mar 2007, 00:14
Errm, this is a very good picture Ginnie. The detail is wonderful, I reckon I could count each and every stone I can see. I particularly like the monochrome, it gives such a good sense of age and timelessness.

I think, but I'm not sure, that this is the oldest Royal Residence anywhere in the world that's occupied and in use. I should probably read the article you've linked wink
Ginnie Hart: Oh, thank you Ellie. I think you may be right about this being the oldest Royal Residence. There's a castle is Scotland that is also occupied and I think it, too, has a similar stat...or maybe the longest occupied with no break. All the stats start getting lost in my head, I'm afraid, but they sure are fun to hear at the time!
  • dotun
  • 19 Mar 2007, 00:27
very nice shot, hope you got one of the Queen smile
Ginnie Hart: Don't you/I wish, Dotun! smile
  • Robs
  • 19 Mar 2007, 00:39
Ehi Ginnie! The building on the left is leaning forward! Just kidding grin
I didn't know the story about the flag, that's interesting. As Ellie said, your picture has an unbelievable detail level! Very very nice.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Rob. Thanks. If it weren't for the Queen, that leaning building would be a real problem!!!
I really love the contrast in the bricks. But yes I'd agree that actually even if it was not straight, straightening it out would be better for it. I feel like I want to lean to look at the photo. smile
Ginnie Hart: As I told Rob, if it weren't for the Queen, that leaning building would be a real problem!!! Thanks for commenting, Jen.
Great photo, Ginnie. I like the way the texture of the walls is standing out. Would it have helped to change the perspective a little, coz the tower on the tower on the left is looking like the one in Pisa smile
Ginnie Hart: HA. I knew someone would say something about the leaning tower! smile Well, Kedar, that's why I said in the text that it's paying its respects to the Queen. If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't have dared show this! smile
Great Shot Ginnie, very crisp and very detailed. Thanx for sharing this pic and the info on the Flag smile
Ginnie Hart: You're so welcome, Thomas. Have a great week.
  • Charles
  • Bruxelles
  • 19 Mar 2007, 06:37
Tof blog !!!!
Superbe photo N/B
Bonne semaine
A+
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Charles, for stopping by and commenting. I really like your work!
Hi Ginnie. I like the way you've framed this view. Nice details and B&W set it really nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
Hi Ginnie, I like the tone and the texture of this shot, nice
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Frederic.
You mean you didn't even drink a cup of tea with Liz?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, after waiting forever, I decided she would never ask! smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 19 Mar 2007, 08:52
I've never been here and I only live about 90 miles away! Isn't it always the case that you ignore the stuff on your own doorstep in favout of more 'exotic' locations.

You've treated this very well, Ginnie.

(It does remind me of somewhere I have been though. See here: http://bestwesternboston.com/)
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Colin. That is so true for all of us, I'm quite sure. There are tons of things here in Atlanta I have never seen. I wonder why that is?!

Anyway, you are so kind to comment. Thank you. Maybe I can whet your appetite to go visit the grand home some day!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 19 Mar 2007, 09:38
I agree with the others, the detail and color treatment is so good. Isn't SHE waving at you from that second window from the left in the round tower? Oh! no, that was Helen Mirren, sorry.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so cute, Ruth. smile Actually, I would have preferred to see Helen Mirren, but don't tell the Queen.
I've loved Windsor, it's a very nice place. The village is very cute. Nice picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Florence, the village itself is adorable, let alone the castle! You're right. smile
Good details on the castle; one would have thought Queenie would have invited you in for tea Ginnie wink
Ginnie Hart: I know, Chris. I tried all day long not to cry over the disappointment! smile
  • sinem
  • 19 Mar 2007, 12:14
I feel like I can reach out and touch the texture of the stone walls. Lovely! And the fact that my old uni was just an hour's wak away from Windsor makes this even more endearing. Oh, and I also like the way you reminded us of the building on the left paying respect smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your most kind comment, Sinem. I really appreciate it! smile
  • Louis
  • 19 Mar 2007, 12:44
Next week I will also have a respectable building up. Nice trick of queenie to move around between the different fortifications. It gives the servs time to clean up before the royal re-visit. I can't imagine a life where you spend every few days in a different home, but that is poor old me.

Sinem said all the good things about the pic and i will join the chorus.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheaet, Louis. She goes back-n-forth a bit like we go back-n-forth to Europe. Not exactly the same, mind you. Just across town. smile
  • mal
  • 19 Mar 2007, 13:34
So you didn't call in for tea then Ginnie? How rude of Queenie after you had travelled all that way! Lol, lovely image. mal
Ginnie Hart: I know, Mal. You'd expect a certain amount of decency and consideration here, wouldn't you!
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 19 Mar 2007, 13:54
lol I was gonna say the same thing about tea... tongue

Love the shot Ginnie, this is definitely a keeper. I don't know how you did the PP, but it works so well and brings out so many tones and details that its amazing.
Ginnie Hart: I don't remember how I did the PP, Mia, but I'm sure it wasn't hard. I think I do something different every time. Need to get a bit more organized! Thanks for liking it, though. smile
A great perspective !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Shakara.
Good response! smile I like it. It's a very good b/w.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Julia. Thanks.
slightly tilted but dig the toning...
Ginnie Hart: More than slightly titlted, Sam. The building is doing a huge curtsey to the Queen (like I said in my text)! smile
nice tone
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nicola.
The gray, forbidding sky is rather spooky. Fitting, I suppose.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. Fitting for what, Red Pen. smile
I mean fitting for a castle, of course.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, but of course. How could I have missed it. smile
Interresting - I've allways a lot of difficulties to imagine monarchy smile
So she's in ?
Ginnie Hart: And a matriarchial monarchy at that, Zeb. Yes, that day she was definitely in. smile
That's so awesome that you were able to visit Windsor Castle when the Queen was in residence!
Ginnie Hart: Yup! Most weekends when she's in the London area, is my understanding. smile

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