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Bell Play


This is a series from the Utrecht Dom/Cathedral from when Astrid/Picturit and I were there on January 15.

Besides the cathedral's interior, Astrid and I climbed the Dom Tower to the very top.
This is CLOSE to the top, 318 steps up (out of 465) to the Latern, where the 50 carillon bells live. 
Together, the 50 bells weigh 26,000 kg (57,320 lbs).

This octangular space is without glass in the windows to reduce the influence of the wind and to allow the sound of the bells to be heard throughout the whole city.  While we were in there, the wind and rain howled around us.

Let the bells ring in your weekend!

[Today Donica and I fly back to our Atlanta home.]


Bell Play


This is a series from the Utrecht Dom/Cathedral from when Astrid/Picturit and I were there on January 15.

Besides the cathedral's interior, Astrid and I climbed the Dom Tower to the very top.
This is CLOSE to the top, 318 steps up (out of 465) to the Latern, where the 50 carillon bells live. 
Together, the 50 bells weigh 26,000 kg (57,320 lbs).

This octangular space is without glass in the windows to reduce the influence of the wind and to allow the sound of the bells to be heard throughout the whole city.  While we were in there, the wind and rain howled around us.

Let the bells ring in your weekend!

[Today Donica and I fly back to our Atlanta home.]


comments (27)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 00:25
Nice! The gentle color accent adds to the shot.
Ginnie Hart: The WET color, Martin! smile Thanks.
A great capture of the feeling of open space and dizzying height.
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope YOU'RE not afraid of heights, Red Pen! smile Thanks.
You would have been deafened if 50 bells began to ring!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Mary. I think they time these tours carefully, so as not to deafen our ears!! Thanks.
Great picture--certainly worth all those stairs!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Larry, for stopping by!
Oh what a good one.. Now I wonder if there is anyone who gets to play the bells!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Jen. Several times a week Utrecht's own carillonneur takes place behind the keyboard to chime the bells. His wooden keys are connected to the clappers inside the bells. His cabin in which he plays is at a height of 80 m (262 ft) above the largest bell at the anterior side of the belfry.
  • Kay
  • portland, or
  • 1 Feb 2008, 04:00
Hi Ginnie,
Love those bells. I'm sure they sound beautiful as they ring. Your photo enhances their magnificence.

Have a nice weekend too!
Ginnie Hart: I have heard them from afar, Kay, but want to pay more attention to them the next time we're there. You have a great weekend, too. Later today I'll be on your side of the pond.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 04:11
wow! You are so lucky to experience places like this!
Ginnie Hart: I feel very lucky, Kanyi. Lucky to also be alive. smile Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • safe flight.............storm and wind
  • 1 Feb 2008, 05:29
We heard there bells, didn't we, this picture is very well taken, the woodwork against the color of the stone gives the atmosphere of acient history, even the rain is seen on it, this whole capture showes how the wind and rain was beating up these beautifull bells, dit is zoals het echt was, in één woord een geweldige ervaring, bedankt voor de mooie herinnering aan deze mooie dag, thanks for the memrorable day
Ginnie Hart: I can STILL feel and hear the wind and rain, Astrid. We tried every little nook and cranny to protect our cameras for a good shot. But it was hard. We were lucky to get anything that day to show on SC, but we somehow managed! smile Ontzettend bedankt, mijn vriend.
  • navin
  • India
  • 1 Feb 2008, 07:11
Nice shot. There is a small temple not too far away from my home where you can see a lot of bells tied on the door. I think people tie a bell there when they make a wish just like tossing a coin in the well. It may sound odd but it is quite common in India. In north India there is a temple where people take watches and clocks
Ginnie Hart: Don't we love these various traditions all over the world, Navin! Thanks for sharing yours.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Feb 2008, 07:26
I often heard these carillon bells ringing from the church towers in some Nederlands stadjes, and I love the very clear sounds! A lovely look upwards into this space, and surrounded by the high gotic windows without any glass I can imagine how rain and wind are howling around me/us. And being totally alone with these nature elements somebody may hear close to the top the voice of Him...!
Ginnie Hart: I love your poetic justice to his lofty space, Philine. You are so right! Ontzettend bedankt.
I bet these bells are loud enough to waken the dead grin. Nice capture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Especially when you're standing right next to them! I'm laughing out loud, Kunle, at the thought of it. smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 1 Feb 2008, 07:57
I know I you loved going up this tower with Astrid Ginnietongue
I am loving seeing it through your eyes.
Great shot and the lighting really highlights the wood work.
Safe trip mijn vrienden
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Tracy, we loved it and we were thinking of you the entire time...wondering just how scared you would be at every turn. grin We're so bad. But we were ready to protect you, of course. Now we know it would have bothered you only at the very top. Donica and I are now safely back in Atlanta. Thank you for your travel wishes.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 1 Feb 2008, 09:01
Have a safe trip.

I'd love to hear these bells. Very interesting.
Ginnie Hart: We are back safe-n-sound, Kathryn, but with very sad news on our return. Donica's mom just found out on Thursday that she has liver cancer, so we are in certain shock. We'll take it one day at a time.....

Thanks for your travel wishes and your comment.
Very impressive deep shot Ginnie. Looks like there is a large space around the bells base
Ginnie Hart: There was plenty of space for the group of 12 or so of us, Richard, all trying to avoid the blustery rain on our cameras. I can still feel the moment. Thanks.
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2008, 09:56
Nice work Ginnie. you like your bells dont you. Plenty to look at here. like it.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I like my bells, Mick. smile Thanks.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...sunny at the moment
  • 1 Feb 2008, 11:18
Well worth the climb Ginnie. Have a good trip back to Atlanta.
Ginnie Hart: We LOVED the climb, Bill, and yes, it was definitely worth it. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 1 Feb 2008, 11:39
Love these bells, beautifully captured Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Feb 2008, 13:33
Why thank you. A great weekend to you too - under the circumstances.

Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you as always, Louis.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Feb 2008, 14:30
What a buzz! Were you up there when the hammers hit their bells, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: We were up there, Ray, but not in this space when they rang. Well, it may have been the other bells. Now I'm totally confused about exactly what we heard. But it sure was fun and wild. smile Thanks.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2008, 14:50
Love the angle. Were you tempted to climb up there and ring them all?
Ginnie Hart: I would have been tempted, Jewlya, if I knew how to get to the kepboard (which I never saw). It was so blustery in there that we couldn't really do much searching around. But wouldn't that be fun!! Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2008, 15:21
Thanks ginnie - you have a safe journey and a good weekend too.

For all the steel in the structure it does look a little precarious! I presume it is well supported out of shot ;o)
Ginnie Hart: We are now back in Atlanta safe-n-sound, Mike. Thanks for the travel wishes and your comment, as always.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 1 Feb 2008, 19:45
the bells are already ringing Ginniesmilefabulously composed smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are ringing in my heart, Tim, where it counts. Thanks!
The Bells, The Bells, to quote dear old Quasimodo. Worth climbing up for, well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think Quasimodo was hiding in there somewhere, Les. I love that thought. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2008, 23:15
I can imagine they would be deafening if they chimed while you were up there! Interesting viewpoint.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I am sure you're right, Ingrid! But since the wind was howling, maybe it wouldn't have been as bad as we think? Thanks.
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 2 Feb 2008, 12:47
I can feel my hands are ready to cover my ears...I like that feeling, beeing alert...
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Aksel. We always have to be on our toes in such situations. smile Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Feb 2008, 16:35
Well I must say it was worthy...318 steps for success grin
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely worth it for us, Lina. smile Glad it was also worth it for you. Thanks.
Good detail of this majestic musical mechanism! smile

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