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The White Bear

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

One of the things about architecture I'm drawn to is towers/spires.
Especially towers that are off-center!

This tower belongs to the Poortersloge which was the base of a very exclusive society in the 15th century called "The White Bear."  Among other things, it organized jousting tournaments for the well-to-do Bourgeois.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The White Bear

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

One of the things about architecture I'm drawn to is towers/spires.
Especially towers that are off-center!

This tower belongs to the Poortersloge which was the base of a very exclusive society in the 15th century called "The White Bear."  Among other things, it organized jousting tournaments for the well-to-do Bourgeois.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (31)

That is really something, Ginnie. I agree that the tower being off-center adds to its appeal.
Ginnie Hart: I'm a glutton for anything different, I guess, Red Pen. smile Thanks. Good to see you back.
nice, nice Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Thanks, Dotun. smile
Clean and crisp Ginnie...really nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bridge.
Cool capture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, S&S. smile
That looks very spiky! I remember Brugge as mostly low and rounded, but it's been too many years since I visited.
Ginnie Hart: Very spiky indeed, Martin. So you've been to Bruges! I didn't know that. I didn't remember a lot of it from our trip 9 years ago but enough to know I wanted to go back to see it with the camera's eye!
Really Nice! I like very much
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Nacha.
  • Kay
  • 16 Aug 2007, 01:55
I agree with you Ginnie! I love towers and spires too. Perhaps it's all those gothic novels I read as a teenager. smile Lovely photo as always. I like the way you're framing and composing the shots.
Ginnie Hart: All those gothic novels? Hmmm. It's made you a worldwide citizen, I see. smile Thanks, Kay.
The off-centre tower really makes this shot interesting. You have a great eye for composition, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Karen. Thank.
Nice framing Ginnie. I like the way this shot looks so crowded and busy at the bottom and gets peaceful as it goes up smile
Ginnie Hart: That's a good way to describe this pic, Thomas. Believe it or not, if I had included more, the canal stops at the bottom of the pic! smile

Welcome back!! Hope work will slow down a bit soon.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Aug 2007, 05:09
Is there no end to the set of brilliant shots you made at Bruges in one weekend?

Lots of wonderful detail, a really excellent and unusual tower, and you've got a great sky yet again.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ray! The canal stops at the bottom of this pic and I decided to not include it because it made the shot even more busy than it already was. I later went back and walked there to see the statue up close. smile
Ah Bruge la belle! très belle photo
Ginnie Hart: Bruges is an incredible city indeed, O-P. Thanks.
Good positioning and use of the foreground. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mike.
Hello Ginnie...it's good to somewhat be back...I love your shot of these towers...amazing. This one in particualr is just awesome...another great use of the natural framing! Great shot! Cheers! B-)
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, H. Thanks.
An interesting looking tower - never seen one like this before and I like the way the statue has turned his back on you!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: HA! I later walked back just to see that statue, Ingrid. smile This was at the end of a canal, so the shot was taken from the tour boat. Thanks.
Must of been a great previlege to be a member of that club, and to drink your sunday-afternoon tea there... Love the stories you bring with your pictures, and of course the whole world you create arround them...

Kind regards,
Lu mik spastiek'
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, Lu Mik. Thank you!
Your passion sets you apart . Well done Ginnie !!!
Ginnie Hart: You've made my day, Shakara. Thanks.
You are driving me mad now! I am going to have to buy a book on the history and architecture of Bruges. lol! Lovely photograph of an unusual building. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Let me know what book you buy, Roz, because the booklets we bought don't do it justice. smile Thanks.
I love seeing all these beautiful building again through your eyes.
Ginnie Hart: So glad I could take you back there, Aussie. smile
Nice overview of a city
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Aug 2007, 10:34
Tea on a sunday afternoon. This is belgium, they drink beer!

Excellent picture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! So true, and you'll find that out again tomorrow! smile

Thanks, Louis.
And eat potatoes !
It really seems to be a sophisticated architectural city.
Ginnie Hart: Potatoes and beer. HA! Sounds more like like vodka! grin

It really IS a sophisticated city architecturally, Flo. I highly recommend it, of course. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 16 Aug 2007, 11:35
With a lot in the photo, it is surprisingly concise. Well, not for you, I guess. smile Great job.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you kindly, Sis! smile
Great view of this amazing building !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. smile
Looks like a fairy tale castle smile
Nice one Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I know, Magnus. I'm always amazed when I find out what they were used for! smile Thanks.
  • JoAnn
  • Holland
  • 16 Aug 2007, 14:42
Hi Ginnie,
What a great shot of this tower in Brugge/Belgium, aso the sky is typical for this summer in Holland/Begium is close nearby. But good for photography , its like what we have in our village in Naarden, "the Poorters" there's also a restaurant named like that, well .... when you like towers like this....

come and visit Naarden ( see a link on my blog to that village)and you will see another fantastic tower in the middle of a great little village, filled with artistic little shops and of course the wellknown shops + office from the Dutch designer "Jan Des Bouvrie", I would like to show you one-time when you're in Holland...?
I aswered you by email.

smile JoAnn from Holland
Ginnie Hart: I think it would be SPLENDID to visit you in Naarden, JoAnn! I'll definitely stay in touch on that. It's always fun to meet up with bloggers!

Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting here. smile
  • Tracy
  • 16 Aug 2007, 15:38
Nice picture postcard. Lovely composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Tracy.
  • Saed
  • Mashad, Iran
  • 16 Aug 2007, 18:04
Another great shot. You are really my favorite photographer Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You totally humble me, Saed. Thank you kindly.
And you are my favourite photographer too Ginnie. Yours is the blog I most look forward to visiting each day. You must lead a pretty exciting life.
Ginnie Hart: As I told Saed, you totally humble me, Fehinti. I'm speechless!

My life IS exciting, since I do enjoy traveling! I feel very lucky!
Is there anything left in Bruges for you to photograph, great building with good colour as well. Keep it up.
Ginnie Hart: HA! There will be so many pics I never post, Les. I don't want to run this city into the ground. But I'm glad you've enjoyed the series. I haven't even gotten to the the windmills yet! grin
Seeing this photo, the texture of the colors has remembered some images to me of Louis! It is possible? smile
Ginnie Hart: Anything is possible, Jose. I think we're all rubbing off on each other. smile
  • david
  • London
  • 17 Aug 2007, 09:21
a very nice image; i like this kind of architectural shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting again, David!

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