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Sometimes I find things on my Amsterdam walks that totally amaze me.  Things I have never seen before in my life (remember, that's 62 years!).  This is one of them.

Talk about ingenuity.  And character!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

Spouting Off

Sometimes I find things on my Amsterdam walks that totally amaze me.  Things I have never seen before in my life (remember, that's 62 years!).  This is one of them.

Talk about ingenuity.  And character!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

comments (33)

Clearly I have been at the office too long, but I am missing the ingenuity here. Could you direct my aimlessly wandering gaze? I do like the processing, though, and have no trouble finding it at all!
Ginnie Hart: It's the water spout, Martin. Have you ever seen anything like this in Houston or anywhere in the USA, for that matter! smile I think it's so incredibly ornate, as well as functional.
Isn't that clever?! I like the tones of this one.
Ginnie Hart: I thought it was clever, Red Pen. Thanks. smile
  • alex
  • Idaho, USA
  • 29 Aug 2007, 00:48
looks creative, but i wouldn't want to walk up to my roof just to get my mail every day.

wink okay, i'm kidding. i know it's not a mailbox.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Glad you know it's not a mailbox, Alex, but it sure does look like one. I hadn't even thought about that! Good eye. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Aug 2007, 01:38
Now, that is interesting!
Such a crisp image, Ginnie, and your use of high contrast and sepia toning has become masterful.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are so kind, Ray. Thank you.
  • Kay
  • 29 Aug 2007, 04:37
Sometimes it's the little things in life that make us stop in amazement. I like this one, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: The little things...you're so right, Kay. Thanks for the reminder.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 29 Aug 2007, 06:16
Reminds me of the dragon head run off pipes in Bruge.
Ginnie Hart: Did I totally miss those, Aussie? Oh no! Now I'll have to go back!!!
  • Philine from Germany
  • Germany, Münster
  • 29 Aug 2007, 08:36
I like the sepia toning of your pictures ,too. It should be a kind of gar-goyle? An interesting thing indeed, worthy to be captured by een photograph!
Ginnie Hart: It could be a gargoyle, for sure, Philine. Apparently they have them in Bruges where I was in June. But alas, I didn't see them. Thanks again for commenting.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 29 Aug 2007, 08:40
Nice toning Ginnie and an interesting feature.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shakara.
Intriguing! Love the tones, btw. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roz! smile
I thought it was a mailbox too but could see it was stationary. Thanks for the explanation.
Ginnie Hart: It actually took me awhile to figure out what it was when I first saw it, Mary. I absolutely love it! Thanks.
  • Saratu
  • i am not sure
  • 29 Aug 2007, 09:29
What is it? Like the tone.
Ginnie Hart: It's a rain spout, Saratu. Isn't it clever?! Thanks.
Ive got this holiday in a week and halfs time. Thot i was going to Barcelona with Ade. Me thinks i might do Amsterdam on my own instead. Lovely picture ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Is that before the SC meet-up at Suby and Sinem's, Busola? We've got to talk! Barcelona is an incredible city, and Ade is a sweetheart. Maybe you could bring her to Amsterdam (though maybe she's wanting to see a new city?). Anyway, whenever you come, I'll be glad to show you around!
nice sepia tone
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
You really are racking up a nice selection of images of Amsterdam, good on you Ginnie, when you upgrading your camera by the way, I think you have pushed your powershot as far as it can go. Ur images are better than the camera now tongue
Ginnie Hart: Donica is picking up my new Canon Digital Rebel xti (400D) this weekend in Atlanta (while I stay behind, conserving frequent-flier miles) and bringing it back next Tuesday, so I'll have it when I come for the meet-up. Just in time for you to teach me whatever you've got! grin

You're a sweetheart to say what you've said, S/S. That means a lot. Thank you kindly.
Okay Ginnie you put me to shame ;-). Such a great shot. It really does catch the quirkiness of Amsterdam.
Ginnie Hart: But you're here to WORK, Scarlet. I'm here to PLAY! It makes all the difference in the world. smile
Nice Framing Granny smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha.
Great angle Ginnie and again, the sepia tone well suits the composition. Looks like a mail bow (for giants) !! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! It DOES look like a mailbox and I had never thought of that till comments today. Thanks, Flo.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 29 Aug 2007, 11:48
Oh i like the little security tap on the middle of the box.
Great detail
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Magnus...not all of them have that added piece of decoration. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Aug 2007, 12:02
The dutch has taken canal building to a fine art. Even a canal with down pipe and overflow between two buildings. Quite artsy at that as well.

Excellent shot and pp as always.

So we are into the final countdown ... I feel a new rebel on its way tongue
Ginnie Hart: It sure caught my eye, as you can tell, Louis.

And yes, we're in countdown till I'm a fellow Rebel! grin Tuesday next week, God willing and the creek don't rise.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 29 Aug 2007, 12:03
Love the detail and the clarity of the brickwork. Well spotted!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gale.
  • Tracy
  • 29 Aug 2007, 12:12
The box is quiet large so they must have been expecting alot of rain. Love the picture Ginnie the downspout is a great feature.smile
Ginnie Hart: Even though I can't see it from the top or from the other side up on the roof, I can picture how it must work. The box-type front clearly keeps the water from spilling out onto the sidewalk. It really is ingenious. Thanks, Tracy.
HI Ginnie,
This amazes me also, why they have this I was wondering.....? For two roofs "the RAIN-off-watering" I never saw this also, not even while I was in Amsterdam.....

I am afraid that this "Off -watering-system-idea" is NOT working at all! Look at the steel, his is to small for too much water such as our Dutch rains. (heavy moonsons we have more likely!)No no not good, I would make a better "off-watering"immidiatly , and you?

Today I publiced my "camping adventures" Haha you can laugh I did ...

JoAnn greetings smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, I can't speak to if this is big enough, JoAnn. I hope so. But since I probably won't be out in a monsoon, I guess I'll never know. smile

Thanks again for commenting!
Thanks for noticing the little things! smile
Ginnie Hart: And thank YOU for commenting, ET! smile
You impress me by your good eye - always finding details I know I would miss.....

I've never seen this either smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, let's just say I'm getting better at it, Aksel. I have a feeling I'm still missing a whole helluva lot! But thanks. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 29 Aug 2007, 16:11
I read all the comments and responses, but I still don't quite get it. It is cool to look at, but I don't understand its purpose. The water can go into the ground without this contraption, yes? Haha. I hope you'll keep digging, knowing you, you will, and you'll keep us informed. We will all be experts on exterior water pipes in Dutch architecture.

Nice shot and processing!
Ginnie Hart: As far as I can tell, Ruth, it has the same function as our gutter spouts in America. Since the houses are all connected but have individual sloped roofs, the rainwater collects in the "valleys" and needs to run off. Thus these "boxes" that direct it to the downspouts and keep the water from spilling in torrents onto the passersby below. That's my take on it, at least.

Thanks! smile
Beautifully processed and love the composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Michael!
nice compo and sharpness...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sam.
You travelling genius! Nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't I wish, Dotun. But you make me feel like one. Thanks. smile
Crazy texture in the brick work!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, for sure, Will. Thanks.
interesting particular Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Nicola. Thanks.
Hmmm Ginnie, I like it really !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir. smile
Nice piece of architectural detail, still looking up I see.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Forever looking up, Les, and tripping over the uneven cobblestones! Thanks. smile
  • Shailja
  • Boston
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:37
Nice find Ginnie! You definitely have an eye to catch the unexpected - and as always cool title again smile

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