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Going Through the Motions


This is a series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland.  I had 2 hours of wandering around there last trip, on September 13.

Do you see what I see?
No tackle box, no bait, no fish bucket, no nothing but his fishing pole.

Maybe sometimes we just need to go through the motions.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Going Through the Motions


This is a series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland.  I had 2 hours of wandering around there last trip, on September 13.

Do you see what I see?
No tackle box, no bait, no fish bucket, no nothing but his fishing pole.

Maybe sometimes we just need to go through the motions.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (30)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2007, 00:21
Now this is a pretty place alright, but I for one would not want to eat the fish out of that canal anyway. Going through the motions is the way to go.
Ginnie Hart: You are exactly right about NOT eating anything caught from the canals, Martin, though I'm guessing it's better the farther you get away from Amsterdam. Thanks.
I've never seen the appeal of fishing but I like this picture Ginnie. He looks at peacewith the world.. what more could we want?
Ginnie Hart: It's actually very calming, Bill, if you want to know. I wish I did it more than the once every two-three years that I do it! I do see that he seems at peace with the world. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Oct 2007, 01:19
This is get away from the wife time!! LoL just got in from a fantstic meal an then drinks with friends. love the B&W GInnie. Soz will have to go my bed is calling wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! And I was wondering if he was going through the motions because he just lost his wife!

Hope you got a good sleep after retiring so late last night. smile
Good capture Gennie, the fisherman does the shot justice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sesan. It was the fisherman that caught my eye, of course.
It's funny, but when I see this I think of people who play the lottery. Many people play and never win, but they are sustained by the idea that they MIGHT win. Same way this guy might catch a fish. smile
Ginnie Hart: Good parallel, Karen. This is probably a lot less stressful, though. smile
  • Judy
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2007, 05:42
Being the wife of one fisherman and mother of another (Amy - you DO know that - right?) I understand the rejuvenation they get from fishing BUT what I love are the ducks that I didn't even notice at first. Another great pic!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I'm quite sure Amy knows that her guy is a fisherman, Judy, as do the rest of us. We love his Australian fishing story!

I suspect those ducks are his friends. My "story line" is that he has recently lost his wife and he comes here for quiet comfort and reflection.

Thanks again for your comment!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 13 Oct 2007, 07:34
Maybe he isn't fishing, maybe that is his "duck training" stick (like lion trainers use). Maybe, just maybe, he is a professional duck trainer. Yup, that's it and that explains the lack of fishing stuff! Nice picture, Ginnie! Have fun in Amsterdam today.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like your imagination, Kathryn! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane on day shift.
  • 13 Oct 2007, 07:54
Nice shot ginnie, He's just out to enjoy the day.
Ginnie Hart: You may be totally right, Aussie. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Oct 2007, 08:05
I like angling peoples (mostly men, why?), there is always an 'aura', an atmosphere of peace and calmness around them as in your pic, too. Maybe the gesture of fishing self is more important to the man than his success -or a person behind him whom we can't see will arrive with fishing stuff.. I can't believe that this should be a fishing pool. Why have you chosen B&W? I miss the green and other colours of the trees, the flowers... Nevertheless ii is a typical Dutch/gracht- foto.
Ginnie Hart: Fishing is indeed very calming, Philine. I chose sepia because of the age of the man. I wanted to give HIM a more vintage feel, even though everything else (cars especially) was modern. I think yesterday was my color day! smile
No he aint a duck trainer ... he aint got no paper bag of stale bread. Hey you girls leave the guy alone ...he needs to unwind after the stress of a hard day of work and having had to do all the domestic finance admin' and clean the car and check his emails and check his lottery numbers and clean his fishing tackle... Cor blimey talk about giving the bloke a hard time. Humph .............. Ha!
So this is what I can look foward to when I give up creating tax revenue for the government!!! dreaming about this dreamy shot.richard.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Richard, this is what we all can look forward to! smile Thanks.
He definately looks at peace here !!
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Shakara. Thanks.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Oct 2007, 09:36
don't know much about fishing, but it's easy to see he's simply chilling out smile
good catch Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I think so, too,Deji. Thanks.
interesting shot ginnie
good use of monochrome
(today seems to be monochrome day or something wink )

can't help assuming that the fisherman knows something we don't

won't be surprised if he has some special underwater gadget or something heh heh
Ginnie Hart: HA! You may be right, DrAW. Those old geezers can fool some of the people all of the time. grin Thanks.
I think he is a spy, and fishing is his cover! lol! Lovely photograph. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the different interpretations! Thanks, Roz.
Like very much the composition and the management of lights ! Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Zeb. Thanks.
Lovely capture here Ginnie grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, S/S! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Oct 2007, 13:25
Ginnie this is a real nice 'catch' I love to read all the comments, they don't know that a lot of people in Holland are fishing this way, I do too, in between the houses were I live is a small canal, in summer neighbours come out with their fising pool, a piece of bread, a cup of coffee and a lot of laughter, isn't live beautiful smile smile (oh yes, sometimes we do catch something...)
Ginnie Hart: Oh, that's fantastic, Scarlet. I love picturing that! Thanks for sharing.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2007, 13:42
life there seems so serene. It looks so different from the hectic life here in the US.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Rags! Thanks.
  • Stan
  • 13 Oct 2007, 14:34
I like this...very serene
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Stan. I agree that it's very serene.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2007, 14:47
the gentle toning here really suits the subject - very nice
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paul.
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 13 Oct 2007, 16:01
I'm not sure there's much to catch in there Ginnie, he looks hapy enough though! grin
Ginnie Hart: Happy as a clam! Thanks, Chris.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 13 Oct 2007, 17:05
A one actor play, staged on a street of Weesp, with a lonely spectator by the name of Ginnie, which left the show well before the end. Good for her, as it might've been a whole day performance.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You sure have a way with words, Viktor. smile I love it. Thanks.
This guy certainly has the right idea! Nice capture. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Dave. Thanks.
I've read that fishing is the modern form of meditation - living in the moment with patience and a clear focus. You don't need bait and buckets for that!

Nice shot smile
Ginnie Hart: That is so "right on," Jewlya. Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Oct 2007, 20:18
What a great picture and such a puzzle (what would be the real reason for the no bait, no tackle box?)
Ginnie Hart: Who knows, Scarlet! Maybe it's his form of meditation, as Jewlya has said. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Oct 2007, 19:32
Maybe he just needed to get away from the rest of the family smile The kind of fish you may catch in these canals are small and bony. There was a time of my life that we caught eels from the canals, smoked them and had a general feast.

I have seen many a guy putting a piece of bread in his pocket, pole over the shoulder - going fishing.

Great picture again.
Ginnie Hart: Eels? Ugh! I think I just lost my appetite, Louis. I guess I should try them once (since I love smoked fish) before I turn down my nose at the thought. I guess it's the thought of seeing them gliding around in the canals that quite drives terror into me! But thanks anyway. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 14 Oct 2007, 21:23
Great result with the pp, Ginnie...I had to look twice between the trees to make sure that there were no oldmobiles parking there grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it. Thanks, Lina.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Oct 2007, 23:49
Oh...great image.
You have captured a Zen Master in "action". He is concentrating on "willing" a pescatorial dinner onto his hook.
Ginnie Hart: Zen Master. I like that, Ray!!! Thanks.
It had not paid retail attention of the man fishing. It is certain, does not have the fishing equipments! That it does then? A form to relax!
Ginnie Hart: Total relaxation must be what he's all about...and not the fish! Thanks, Jose.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Oct 2007, 08:41
I once saw a fisherman like this. He had a pole and a piece of string with a hook on it that he was dangling in a bucket.

I asked him sympathetically: "Caught anything?"

He answered wryly: "You're the third."
Ginnie Hart: HA! I really like that, Colin. Thanks for the nice laugh. smile

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