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Being Thankful

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the States.

When I saw this scene in Nice, France, I thought about how much I have for which to be thankful!
(I think this might be stronger in B&W but I loved the bright towel.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

Being Thankful

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the States.

When I saw this scene in Nice, France, I thought about how much I have for which to be thankful!
(I think this might be stronger in B&W but I loved the bright towel.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (41)

tell you what, Ginnie, I just love this capture! I've got a big smile plastered on my face now. smile Love it!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That makes it worth it, Bisola. Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2007, 02:25
that really is a sweet, cute and awesome image. You are so observant! Happy thanksgiving!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kanyi. Thank you.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Nov 2007, 02:52
No...I think you made a great choice to post the image in rich saturated colours, Ginnie.

It's a superb street image...combining sombre pathos with good humour.

A couple of things really stand out, for me:
* tiny alms "bowl" to indicate he is not asking for much,
* Empty cigarette packet giving an image of the current status of "Malborough Man".
Ginnie Hart: "Sombre pathos with good humour." I like that, Ray. Exactly what I saw and felt. Thank you kindly.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 22 Nov 2007, 03:50
This is a touching shot! It made me smile and be sad at the same time!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Helen. The death/resurrection theme of Life! Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 22 Nov 2007, 03:54
Ohh yes Ginnie - you are so right. The same thought strikes me many a times and I doubt how to thank the Almighty for all that he has given me. God Bless the world!
Ginnie Hart: We all are so blessed, Thomas. Anyone who can post photos on the Internet like we do is blessed by the Almighty! Thank you.
I agree with Ray... There is something dramatic about the situation and something humourous at the same time... cat and dog under a pink blanket... so cute Ginnie !!
I've lived near Nice some years ago... so sunny...
Ginnie Hart: Lucky you, Flo, to have lived near this place. I loved it! Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Nov 2007, 06:27
A really "ontroerende"/touching pic! I agree totally with your thought and with the other comments! Maybe the man isn't unhappy in his situation-nevertheless..., for he isn't alone and he feels responsibility for his animals...
Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family!
Ginnie Hart: Responsibility as a street person is indeed very touching, Philine. Thank you for that thought.
This is a great photo ginnie to remind us to be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. I wish you, Donica and the whole family many blessings.

(I'm behind on reading your blog(s) but I will backtrack and catchup soon. I hate missing any of your posts!)
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart to come find me in all your busyness, Mad. Thank you so much. Have a great day with your family. Eet Smakelijk!
I am glad you went for the colours. The bright towel would indeed have been lost.
Great find!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Wim. I agree about the color vs. B&W.
  • blackdog
  • Bath on dial up!
  • 22 Nov 2007, 07:52
And the lion lies down with the lamb. They both look very well cared for, although the cat is a little cross. You were right to keep the cerise towel. Nice choice for thanksgiving day.
Ginnie Hart: I like that parallel, Mike. The lion DOES lie down with the lamb. Thank you kindly.
What a shot !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2007, 08:32
Great capture Ginnie! It does remind us of things we take for granted. Have a great Thanksgiving day!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Richa, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving celebration today!
Oh Ginnie! This shot has everything! I am really moved by it because it speaks volumes about the state of humanity. So glad to have seen it. Happy Thanksgiving. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: The state of humanity really is something else, isn't it, Roz! We all have much for which to be thankful! Thank YOU.
I prefer colour 99% of the time so I'm am glad for the colour. Th image speaks volumes to me. The person on the street has pets and I think that is so wonderful. I could go on and on about this but will spare you . GREAT shot and Happy Thanksgiving.
Ginnie Hart: I'm quite sure you are happy by how well these creatures are cared for, Mary. It was very touching to see. Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving. This shot is more optimistic in colour. In b&w it would be much more downbeat.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Bill. Thanks for your vote of confidence.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 22 Nov 2007, 11:04
Life, represented in all its colors. A picture which evoked a varity of emotions for me, Ginnie. But regardless of them or maybe because of them, I can tell you that I'd drop some money in that can. Thanks for the thoughtful picture.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Ginnie Hart: You're so welcome, Kathryn. I'm sure we'd all drop some money in his wee can. Thank you for leading the way.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Nov 2007, 11:20
great image to portray your thoughts Ginnie. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 22 Nov 2007, 12:02
War, injustice, hunger, poverty...we haven't improve much as human beings...still the same mistakes, still the same consequences
A powerful image with a strong message. I also agree with you, in this case the colour is meant to be there.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Lina. In spite of all our advances on all fronts, we have war, injustice, hunger and poverty even more so today than ever. What have we learned??

Thank you for your comment, as always.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Nov 2007, 12:15
You may know that SA is a prime destination for all kinds of refugees from allover africa. Yesterday we had a surprising number of refugees from the USA. A couple of million wild and domestic turkeys. I bet they didn't know about our human refugees that would be looking for something to eat. If they survive that, next we will have Christmas and they won't survive that. I bet its the last turkey stampede we had in SA.

At least this guy's pets look well fed - from that little tin.

Great picture and another one looking for similar 'feet' shots from your travels to fit into a collage.

BTW - did you know that turkey gas is harmful to the ozone layer? So you guys up north keep it down, ok?
Ginnie Hart: HA! No, Louis, I did not know that turkey gas is harmful to the ozone layer. Is that supposed to make me feel better about all the turkeys we kill each year?!

So they're flying to SA now. Revenge of the Turkeys. I can just see a movie ready to be made! smile

Thank you.
friends for life!!
Ginnie Hart: That's what it looks like, Chantal. smile Thanks.
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Nov 2007, 13:45
it is powerful. funny how those who have little give much.
Ginnie Hart: That makes a fantastic sermonette, David. Thank you!
  • José-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona) Catalonia
  • 22 Nov 2007, 14:00
OMG! Awesome" Fantastic shot! Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind and sweet sir!
It's a very nice candid street image. nicely done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Gishan.
  • Astrid
  • in the attic somewhere in the Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 2007, 14:47
The dog and the cat look realy thankful and that's what count, be thankful with what you have and not with what you might have had..........
Well captured!
Ginnie Hart: Another wonderful sermonette for today's Thanksgiving, Astrid. Thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving, Ginnie!

This photo really does put things in perspective...I have so much for which to be thankful. This is a powerful reminder...thank you for that.

Great street shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Deb. Have a wonderful day of celebration!
Apart from the symbol, this is a very nice picture Ginnie. There are so many details to look at.
Happy Thanksgiving
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
It always breaks my heart when I see this kind of situation. Thanks for reminding me of all my blessings Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Scarlet. Thank you.
Happy thanksgiving Ginnie.

I always think that there's such a massive gap between the rich and the poor.
Ginnie Hart: There is, indeed, Bernie! Thanks.
Thoughts on this from a different perspective ... I just find the shooting of feet and lower legs a powerful way of communicating messages ... as you will all find out in the future ... (this should express my feelings for this photograph Ginnie). richard.
Ginnie Hart: That's a very thoughtful response, Richard. Thank you.
I love this Ginnie - it is a complete narrative in one picture. It is humorous and sad at the same time and the composition is excellent. I think you did right to keep it in colour as the pink blanket really lifts it and becomes a symbol of warmth and shelter.
Ginnie Hart: Your thoughts are beautifully expressed, Ingrid. Thank you.
Happy thanksgiving !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Pilgrim
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Nov 2007, 19:41
Well spotted Ginnie, not a usual relationship by any means! Colour definitely the right choice, the towel makes the picture for me. Excellent. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.David.
Ginnie Hart: It makes a great little sermonette about getting along with each other! Thanks, David.
Ray has written a comment and I agree with what he's saying....smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aksel. smile
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 22 Nov 2007, 20:30
Happy thanksgiving Ginnie & family. Nice to see these two pals together smile
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Chris. They make a nice sermonette about getting along with each other! Thanks.
  • Stacey
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2007, 22:03
Wow Giinnie, I forget how much nicer the photos look on SC then on your other blog!! The pink blanket really stands out. Happy Thanksgiving! They are giving a special dinner for us crew tonight on Lido deck, how nice of them! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. So glad you got to celebrate our special day! And yes, the larger format on SC is exactly why I love this site! Thank you.
You're right it would not have worked as well in B&W, and a good street image as well, the pets are full of character. Well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence on the color choice, Les.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2007, 23:56
Too adorable! What a fun shot and the colors are delightful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jewlya.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 23 Nov 2007, 06:20
Lovely and nice pink colored
Ginnie Hart: That pink really stands out, doesn't it, Roland! smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2007, 01:57
I absolutely love this. Brilliant. Wonderful with just the animals, but the man's feet multiply the effect times at least 10!! And the litter. All perfection. What a composition.
Ginnie Hart: You are too much, Ruth! I love it. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Nov 2007, 16:51
Belated thanksgiving greetings. Love the pink blanket Ginnie, such a meaningful shot in so many different ways. To me any way.smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is to me as well, Tracy. "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God."
  • John
  • San Anselmo
  • 11 Dec 2007, 19:52

Nice shot. Glad you kept it in color. You almost don't see the fellows feet or get the situation and then you look around cardboard matting, empty cigarette box, empty pet food tin and you put it all together. The red pink towel focus is perfect. Nicely done without having to be in your face. This shot has feeling and humanity. Thank you.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart for backtracking to this one, John. Thank you.

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