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Coming and Going


Back in January I was with Astrid in her Holland polder outside her village, walking out in the fields where she runs.
Because it has become a place of refuge for both of us, she has kindly allowed me to give you my own take on her part of the world, which has now become my second home.

And yes, that's a windmill!

[After a tumultuous 5 weeks at home, Donica and I fly back to Amsterdam this afternoon, arriving tomorrow morning.]


Coming and Going


Back in January I was with Astrid in her Holland polder outside her village, walking out in the fields where she runs.
Because it has become a place of refuge for both of us, she has kindly allowed me to give you my own take on her part of the world, which has now become my second home.

And yes, that's a windmill!

[After a tumultuous 5 weeks at home, Donica and I fly back to Amsterdam this afternoon, arriving tomorrow morning.]


comments (40)

Wonderful picture Ginnie. I like the perspective through the trees. I noticed the windmill!
Have a pleasant and safe flight to Amsterdam!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard, for your kind wishes for our trip back to AMS. I am so ready to be back in my second home. It's been way too long.
That is a sweet shot. Unusual with the two streams. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Two streams/dykes and two side streets, Michael. There was a lot of coming and going that day in the polder! Astrid was constantly having to push me out of the way of an on-coming car! smile
Good picture Ginnie, but I wonder how Astrid manages to run - swimming looks more appropriate here ;o)
Ginnie Hart: See those two side streets, Mike? smile Yup. She flies alongside of the cars and bikes and doesn't get hit, especially early in the morning. She was constantly having to push me out of the way so I wouldn't get hit. But for the most part it was quiet and windy. I loved it. But NO WATER for the walking OR running!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 10 Mar 2008, 01:55
It's somber but beautiful and the windmill is the only landmark that distinguishes it from many other places the world over. Was there a bridge that got you to this spot?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, there re turn-around points all along the dykes and this one we're standing on is the one Astrid turns around on to go back on the other side. It makes a great loop for a run. And the wind just whips around like a mad woman! You'd love it. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Mar 2008, 03:39
Beautiful landscape, Ginnie, and inspired use of contrast and sepia.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, as always, Ray. Thanks.
  • Tony
  • Canada
  • 10 Mar 2008, 04:08
Nice use of sepia.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Tony!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Mar 2008, 04:50
So familiar, but so well taken at 'one of my turning points' the way you captured this and cropped it, is just beatiful. The man on the bike has the wind in his back (I know wink )Geweldige foto. just a stunning picture and it always is fun to see 'my world' throught your camera-eye, you've dont it very proudly, bedankt. Now you can 'picturit' where I am at least three times a week and never get bored,
@ Blackdog, swimming might be an option but I rather keep my feet dry......tongue
Ginnie Hart: I always find it interesting, Astrid, when someone else sees things that I'm used to, but sees them in a different way. I wonder if that's how you'll see my pictures of your polder these next few days? I saw it with my own eyes, of course, and LOVED it. Thank you again for sharing it with me...and now me to the world! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 10 Mar 2008, 05:07
Cool, a place of solace!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Kanyi. It is definitely a place of solace. A place to also dump the "garbage" on one's mind/heart! smile Thank you.
I'm glad for the Wiki article on polder. Very nice to see 'your take'.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mary. Not all of us are used to the Dutch engineering feats! Thank you.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:35
Very pleasant composition, Ginnie and i like the sepia.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Chad. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:35
That is a windmill and that one is a dutchy on a bicycle smile

Great capture and conversion. Have a nice flight.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, yes, and yes, Louis. Thank you kindly.
  • Shakara
  • City of London
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:37
Nicely presented .. Sweet..
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Shakara. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:38
I love this polderlandscape too, very Dutch, het platteland, de canalen,één molen en één fietser, a well chosen perspective so that I could imagine to run (sorry, I have to walk/wandelen) together with Astrid along the way! The streets look like water, water is the always dominant element of Netherlands and has grown up this country to such a economical and cultural success (as I have read)!
Ginnie Hart: It's all there, isn't it, Philine! I used to run but now I, too, just walk, because of my bum knee. Sigh. So you and I can walk while Astrid runs. smile We have a lot to learn from Dutch engineering, for sure, especially when it comes to their "control" over the waterways. It's just mind-boggling!
  • navin
  • India
  • 10 Mar 2008, 08:04
These leafless trees seem to be the flavour in the blogland. Have seen quite a few. I also have some and will post them soon.
Ginnie Hart: Most of us are used to bare trees in the winter time, Navin, so that's why you see them! By the way, I wish I could leave comments at your blog...because today I would have told you that I, too, prefer to have the curtains open! YES!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 08:05
A delightful scene. I like the sepia treatment and you have got a windmill and a cyclist in the one shot! It's always good to have somewhere you can look upon as a refuge.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It doesn't get much more Dutch than this, Ingrid, does it?! Thank you.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 10 Mar 2008, 08:50
A quiet place to refuge ... That sounds great to me !!!
Ginnie Hart: It really is a place of refuge, Ann. I can hardly wait to go back. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 10 Mar 2008, 10:44
Wonderful image not certain where Astrid runs love the Windmill
Ginnie Hart: See the two streets on the sides, Vintage? That's where Astrid runs. But as you see, there's not too much room. She was constantly having to push me away from on-coming cars and bikes. I was having too much fun with the wind. smile
  • martie
  • US
  • 10 Mar 2008, 11:28
This is beautiful. I really like the symmetry in this work - the path in the middle, flanked by wanter, flanked by grounds, flanked by paving. Excellent.

Safe journey - and welcome to the other home!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Martie. Thank you. I have really missed my other home. It's been too long!
Not the best weather in Holland at this moment
Ginnie Hart: That's what I noticed last evening when I checked the weather, Chantal. That's okay. A bit of rain just makes me feel cozy! smile
Lovely to see this sort of image from you Ginnie. Think it would look good in a straight bw conversion. richard
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Richard, to know that I hardly ever do a "straight bw conversion." Hmmm. Maybe one day I'll try it again. smile Thanks.
Lovely shot Ginnie: I have never been to Holland but I always think of it as looking like this
Ginnie Hart: This is about as Dutch as you can get, Chris, outside of the cities! If ever you come, do let Astrid and me know. You'll have ready-made tour guides. smile
Holland, Waterland and Windmill-land. A fine shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You would know this Holland, Wim. And you can be proud of it! Thank you.
Like how the water and trees guide you through this image. I can see the windmill in the background too. Nice tones and composition. Great job here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, as always, dear John.
  • Bernie
  • Stoke
  • 10 Mar 2008, 13:15
Have a safe journey Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We look forward to a great trip, Bernie. Thank you. smile
How beautiful! I'm sure this is how I feel about Switzerland like that...
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure it's exactly like you feel, Jen! Thanks.
Welcome back to Europe! Nice use of sepia. Couldn't miss the windmill!
Ginnie Hart: I'm not there yet, Bill, but we'll be leaving the house in half an hour. Then we'll be on our way. Thank you kindly.
I like the idea of waterways leading the eye into the shot, especially to a windmill. Have a safe trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Martin, for both comments. We're almost on our way...in a half hour.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 10 Mar 2008, 15:37
Wonderful color tones here.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Reza.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 10 Mar 2008, 15:56
gorgeous view Ginnie and i like your conversion, wonderfulsmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Tim. Thank you.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 10 Mar 2008, 18:29
beautiful, looks so peaceful
Ginnie Hart: Peaceful it was, Sam. I fell in love with it! Thanks.
wonderful sepia. It wrorked heresmile so nice
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, CISI! smile
Great shot Ginnie and how nice for us to see where Astrid comes from. I like the left, right split in this and the little person on the bike. Bikes and windmills, must be Holland.
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Brian. Holland is written all over this. And yes, this is where Astrid comes from. Isn't she lucky! smile Thanks.
c'est si beau cette façon de prendre les photo!s
Ginnie Hart: You are a sweetheart, O-P. Thank you.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 10 Mar 2008, 20:46
Nice shot Ginie, goos choice with the sepia.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like my choice, Dave. smile Thanks.
Great depth in this picture Ginnie, and i think I can see someone on a bike and a dog on the left side, at least a choose to see that smile
Ginnie Hart: Definitely a biker and a car, Magnus, and I'm sure there's a dog there somewhere. smile Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 21:14
A Ginnie `special`, complete with windmill! Love the way the lines draw you into this one. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: If there's a windmill, Ginnie will find/show it for sure, Roz. You know me well. smile Thanks.
Nice perspective and clever processing : Hat off !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 10 Mar 2008, 23:18
Lovely sepia landscape Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You know me, Aussie. I just had to do it. smile Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • south coast UK in the rain
  • 10 Mar 2008, 23:27
Lots of strong lines, and a chap on a bike to give a true scale. All lovely.

Hope you're OK Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We're both doing as well as can be expected, Ellie. Life goes on, as you know, which helps us deal with the grief. Thank you for your kindness.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 02:56
Beautiful and tranquil view, Ginnie! Astrid and you are very lucky to have this close by!
Ginnie Hart: We are definitely very lucky, Kay. Astrid is from a small town where this is possible. But she also loves the big city (Amsterdam), so we both get to share each other's view! smile

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