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A Leiden Weather Vane

Leiden, 25 miles SW of Amsterdam, is a city full of museums.  Over 12 of them, in fact, 5 of which are national museums!  This one is Leiden's Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, I think. 

I say "I think" because we didn't go into the museum compound.  But this weather vane was atop one of the buildings "back there," so I've made up my story and I'm sticking to it, until someone tells me differently. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


A Leiden Weather Vane

Leiden, 25 miles SW of Amsterdam, is a city full of museums.  Over 12 of them, in fact, 5 of which are national museums!  This one is Leiden's Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, I think. 

I say "I think" because we didn't go into the museum compound.  But this weather vane was atop one of the buildings "back there," so I've made up my story and I'm sticking to it, until someone tells me differently. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (28)

Lovely Ginnie. Is that Cupid i see up there?. U know about those WindMills. I think you might want to check this out. I thot it was nice. http://digiphotology.shutterchance.com/blog.php?itemRef=84491&dcode=8cdb&view=y#latest
Ginnie Hart: HA! Cupid has a bow and arrow, Busola. Are you telling me where your mind is these days? grin

Seriously, I really thank you for the windmill link. I've now had several back-n-forths with Alistair. smile
Lovely silhouette, Ginnie. I like your pictures of weather vanes. It's something I don't see enough of to take photos myself, but I can certainly enjoy yours. smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Karen. You are so right. I don't really see these in the States. They totally mesmerize me here in Europe.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 8 Jun 2007, 00:33
Nice rooftop. Nice weather vane.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jimbo.
Why am I not surprised to find this on your blog grin It is a good one, I have to admit.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know you'll not surprised, Martin. Can't disappoint the customers, you know. grin Thanks.
A wonderful, lofty perch. I like the simplicity of this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen. I guess I don't need to tell you that I'm a glutton for these!
nice one, the little guy up there made this shot more interesting, have a nice weekend Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Dotun. Thanks. You have a nice weekend, too.
Hehe Ginnie, considered dutch lessons :p, can see u're absolutel lapping up the sights and sounds ... agree with D, the little guy give the shot a li'l something something! do I sense another one of your infamous collections smile, miss you - how was your trip?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ade. I definitely collect these. grin More said in e-mails, of course....
I like your story sweetheart. I also like the weather vane. I've found one for you and I'll post it soon.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, goodie gumdrops, Johnny. I'll be waiting with bated breath. smile
Like a lacework, the little angel is so... cute !
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Flo. Thanks!
  • Helen
  • 8 Jun 2007, 06:52
Nice shot. I like the colors!
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Helen!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jun 2007, 06:55
I think losing the tiled roof would have made an even better picture. I tested by scrolling the picture down. No despair, it is still a great pic. Not done in vane.

The particular brown you have been using over the last week. Is it a filter in PS?
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Louis. I did think of a tighter crop but...I just love that little roof peak too much. grin And actually, it is very similar to the Rijksmuseum here in Amsterdam, which is why I kept more of it in the pic. Still, you're right...and cropping more off would give it a better rule of thirds.

Regarding the browns...not exactly a PS filter. After I desaturate/convert a pic, I use the color balance tool to make my own color (sliding the red and yellow). That's probably why no two sepia pics of mine are the same!
  • Nacha
  • 8 Jun 2007, 07:20
Hey Grandma....is there any image of yours that I don't like.....i don't think so....U come up with interesting stuffs smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, some day I'm quite sure I'll show a pic you DON'T like, Nacha, but knowing you, you probably won't tell me. Or will you!?! grin
Una bella silueta de la veleta !! Me gusta, Ginnie! smile
A beautiful silhouette of the vane! I like, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Jose.
Great silhouette Ginnie
I like the little Angel smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Magnus. smile Thanks.
Simply lovely, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. Thanks.
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 8 Jun 2007, 10:10
It seems family addams house... great shot
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, Xavi! Thanks. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 8 Jun 2007, 11:43
All that well crafted ironwork! You'd see something new every time you look at these rooftops, I think. I like how Cupid is a slightly different tone, catching the light, maybe? Makes him stand out.
Ginnie Hart: That little Cupid angel WAS catching the light every time I snapped him, Ruth. Yes, I just love this ornate stuff. The little arrow he's sitting on was what kept turning as the wind blew every which way. It was quite delightful. smile
Leiden is an university city. But I don't want to go study there. The people there aren't that nice as in Belgium. Maybe I'm going to study in Ghent, but I don't know for shure. But that's all for the future smile .

Nice work, Ginnie wink.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. I'm afraid I can't speak to what the university or people are like in Leiden, Straatfoto. You clearly have some inside info. smile Maybe when the future comes for you, you'll know exactly where to go.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Very ornate Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bernie, it is. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend as you prepare for your Cancer race.
nice sepia tone for this pic Ginnie smile!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Nicola! smile
  • alex
  • 8 Jun 2007, 17:48
like this weather vane. i took a picture of a gable in san francisco today, and i'll post it for YOU sometime soon. good, i've got the "lady that's crazy about gables" influencing my shot selection now. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Alex. Can hardly wait to see it. smile
That's a posh one Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: They're not all this nice, Chris, you're right. Thanks.
et oui, des fois la beauté est cachée la-haut!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, O-P! smile
Hi. You have a great eye for detail, but I am afraid I agree with the comment that to lose some of the roof would make it even stronger. I suffer from this problem too - I hate to remove something that I have lovingly composed, but I am getting braver. How long in Amsterdam? Mike
Ginnie Hart: I promise, Mike, that if I ever load something like this again, I'll get rid of some of the roof. grin Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Ellie
  • 8 Jun 2007, 23:58
Don't know about crops, I can never make my mid up with my own pictures! I did have an idea about cupid though, was he golden? If so he might have looked quite nice in his original colour against the warm sepia.

Another of your lovely clear pictures Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Those crops can kill us every time, Ellie. grin

Actually, now you've got me thinking about what a sepia pic looks like with selective coloring. Wonder if it works? I'll let you know, but that's a great idea.
  • Kay
  • 9 Jun 2007, 06:27
Bravo, Ginnie! So far, this is my favorite weather vane pic that you've taken. Love the ornateness of it all. smile
Ginnie Hart: It IS ornate, Kay. Thanks for your kind support (of me and all my crazy collections!). smile
  • Julischka
  • the fairy tale road
  • 10 Jun 2007, 11:53
Now that's lovely! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julia.
Like it once again, very funny little guy on it !!
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's what I like about weather vanes, Zeb. You never know what you'll find up there! smile

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