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Gateways


In the Holland polder you could fill up a book with the gates alone!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



Gateways


In the Holland polder you could fill up a book with the gates alone!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



comments (39)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Mar 2008, 00:19
It looks like it is designed to herd animals through. Lovely processing Ginnie, nice muted colours. Love the water in the foreground
Ginnie Hart: Knowing the Dutch, I'm quite sure there is a reason for every board we see here, Aussie! But I sure would love to know what those reasons are. HA! Thank you.
WoW! What a shot. What a beautiful country side. i am glad you included the puddle in the foreground.
Ginnie Hart: I think that puddle is one of the dikes, Sujit, which are everywhere you look. I was in heaven there! Thank you.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 02:00
Beautiful open Dutch fields, well almost open.

Welcome "home"!
Ginnie Hart: I've only been here a few hours, Ruth, and, YES, I'm home. These fields are so ME, very similar to what I feel about your farm. You once asked if "farm" is in our genes somewhere. I wonder the same thing about the polder. I think the answer is a definite YES. Thank you for knowing.
Beautiful processing and the composition is very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 03:13
I like the trees on the left in the background. There is something about those whispy trees that are so so charming. And I love the way that people in Holland and German use nature as sound barriers. I think I may recognize this field and gate from Astrid's photographs.
Ginnie Hart: I think that's a big dairy farm there on the left, Kathryn, so you've got this pegged. Since Astrid runs here several times each week, I'm SURE you recognize her all over this! I agree with you about how Holland and Germany use nature as sound barriers. When we do it in the States, I smile. Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 11 Mar 2008, 04:27
Brilliant crop and I like the way you have handled the color saturation Ginnie. I had been gone for long and there is a lot of catching up to do. This is a nice pic to start with smile
Ginnie Hart: So glad to see you back, Thomas. I missed you! Thanks, as always, for your kind words.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Mar 2008, 05:07
Ontzettend mooie foto, minstens drie maal in de week passeer ik dit hek, this is a stunning picture again, at least three times in the week I am passing this one, one of so many along this road, today I will stop and open it, to let you into my timezone again, yes, Ruth said it right, welcome home, I am proud, you feel at home in my country and yes Kathryn observed well too....
I love the composition, there is so much to see and I am lucky that everytime I pass, I still notice the beauty you so well captured in this picture.
Ginnie Hart: In these photos, dear Astrid, you will see what I love about Holland and your polder in particular. It all is very cemented in my Hart&Soul, you can be very sure! Thank you for welcoming me back once again. It was raining when we arrived this morning but now the sun is shining. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 05:49
That looks like a lovely place.
Ginnie Hart: It is indeed a lovely place, Kanyi! You would love it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Mar 2008, 07:17
And you seldom see fences in these fields, just the gates.

Great picture and conversion.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Louis. Just the gates! I think I need to have a little chat with Astrid about it to have her help me figure it out. smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:07
That grass is so pale, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Well, yes, Chad. It's all my fault, not the grasses'!
I did some of these myself a while back. I like the loneliness they show us. The wide field looks appealing
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you've captured just about everything I've ever seen here in Holland, Chantal. I'm totally enchanted!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:19
A quiet and subtle scene, but you have captured it so well. Scenery doesn't have to be dramatic to be beautiful and sometimes it is the small, everyday things which cause us to pause and take in our breath. Lovely.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I couldn't agree with you more, Ingrid. Thank you for your beautiful words.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:52
Astrid, Kathryn ..have said all kind words- a wonderful tranquil country side pic! I like the impression of order (gateways as barriers...) and a kind of little hubbbub (Tohuwabohu)because there are so many fences; in the background I can see some cows, they belong to these fields and meadows to.
Ginnie Hart: I think that is a big dairy farm there on the left, Philine, so you are surely right about the cows. There were also a lot of sheep, as you'll see later. You would love Astrid's polder! Thank you.
  • xavi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 09:59
eeey Ginnie, great image and color tractament too. congratulations
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Xavi.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:20
Ginnie I love colour landscapes,but just lately many bloggers have these soft tones,starting to enjoy them.But dont tell Aussie lol
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I won't breath a word to Aussie. Sometimes it's my mood, I guess, to mute the colors, maybe because it makes me see things differently, which is usually good for me. Thanks, Vintage.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:23
They look kinda makeshift...must be very placid cattle in the Holland polder.
I really like the composition of this image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It kinda makes you wonder, Ray, doesn't it! I think I need to find out from Astrid why they have gates without fences. smile Thanks.
A delightful gate and fencing structure. I think I would have taken the desaturation further Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: I've been playing around with different levels of desaturation lately, Richard, but I do know what you mean. Your point is well-taken. Thanks for your comment.
  • blackdog
  • Uni Library
  • 11 Mar 2008, 11:15
Sounds like a plan to me ;o) Nice tones, strong diagonal in the composition and like the light on the water in the foreground ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Knowing the Dutch as I do, I'm quite sure there's a plan here, Mike. smile But I WILL ask Astrid the next time I see her. Thanks.
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 11 Mar 2008, 12:38
What a funny gate !!! Original composition ... well done !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ann. There was so much going on here. I'd love to go back and try to figure it all out. smile
  • Shakara
  • City of London
  • 11 Mar 2008, 12:47
Great shot !!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Shakara. Thank you.
A good follow up to yesterday Ginnie and again a nice toned mono feel to the picture.
Ginnie Hart: All the pictures this week and next will "follow up," Brian, because they all were taken the same day. It was such a soulful place for me! I can hardly wait to go back. Thank you.
Avec un ciel si bas qu'un canal s'est perdu
Avec un ciel si bas qu'il fait l'humilité
Avec un ciel si gris q'un canal s'est pendu
Avec un ciel si gris qu' il faut lui pardonner
Avec le vent du nord qui vient s'ecarteler
Avec le vent du nord ecoutez le craquer
Le plat pays qu'est le mien
Ginnie Hart: That is just beautiful, Lecracleur. Wow. Thank you.
Très chouette
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Miss Paris, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
Beautiful! What I notice is that it is usually overcast.. Here it is just too darn rainy!
Ginnie Hart: What I've noticed, Jen, is that while it often rains, almost every day also has some sunshine, like today. We arrived this morning to rain and it's raining as I write (after 5p AMS time) but we had several hours this afternoon when the sun was shining. I love both, so that makes me a happy camper. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Mar 2008, 16:05
I think everybody is wondering why there are no fences and only gates....very simple, the meadows where the cattle are in, are all surrounded by ditches with water and every year the farmer has to make sure the ditches are cleaned and deepened, they are full of water, it is a polder, even I live below sea-level and I have seen a lot, but never seen a cow swimming from one meadow to the other one, so they will stay in and only can get out through the gate
Ginnie Hart: DUH DUH DUH! But of course, Astrid. Why didn't I think of that!!! When you aren't used to something (like dikes/polders), you don't figure it all out that easily. Your dikes are your fences! Now I get it. smile
Love the desaturated colour here Ginnie, lends a great mood to the picture. I suppose the closest thing to this here are the Fens in East Anglia.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. You just taught me something, Bill, so thanks! smile We're never too old to learn these things!!!
Obviously these gates only work for things that don't like the water. Are Dutch cows hydrophobic? Nice shot regardless!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Since Astrid has never seen a cow swimming across the dikes, from one meadow to another, I guess we can safely say the cows are at least sensible, if not hydrophobic. grin Thanks, Martin.
Very nice and intriguing composition. What is the use of this gate? I like the tones here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: If what Astrid says is true (that the cows won't swim across the dikes from one meadow to another), I'm guessing they WILL walk from one place to another over the bridges, unless there's a gate closed. That's my best answer right now, Richard. smile Thanks.
I love country pictures with fences. Beautiful shot and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Anything with open fields is so soulful to me, John, so I agree. Thank you.
Oh, i like the treatment on this, muted colors, the comp and I actually get an 3D effect for this one smile
Ginnie Hart: Now that you say it, Magnus, I see the 3D effect, too. Man alive! Thanks for pointing that out.
wow, I very much love this shot. The color tones are superb. Thank you so much fir sharing.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, CISI. My pleasure. smile
  • Chris Phillips
  • 11 Mar 2008, 18:51
Lovely shot Ginnie: if I had the money I'd build some hills for you & Astrid to walk up
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Chris, I'm quite sure Astrid would say the blustery wind is "hill enough" for her! It sure knows how to blow out in the polder! But thanks anyway. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 11 Mar 2008, 21:05
...and what a book it would be if it had picture like this one...
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Lina!
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 22:43
Astrid has already answered the question I was was going to ask you, Ginnie! Love the way my eye is drawn from the water in the foreground, throught the line of gates and on to that delightful stand of trees. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I just love stuff like this, Roz. Glad you do, too. Thanks.
A bit of a grey day Ginnie. I really like the idea of taking the colour back to almost monochrome, well processed.
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Les. It just seemed fitting for the mood of that day and what I saw.
  • Ellie
  • blowing in the wind
  • 11 Mar 2008, 23:57
So, are you going to do a series on gates? I like them in general, these too smile
Ginnie Hart: There WILL be some more gates, Ellie, so I guess you could call it a series...just not all in a row. smile Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 02:54
Lovely shot, Ginnie. It looks like the countryside in the big island. Pastoral fields and cows galore.
Ginnie Hart: Wherever they are, Kay, I just LOVE pastoral fields. They're deep in my soul!
  • Still
  • France
  • 13 Mar 2008, 21:38
A beautiful composition...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 10:52
Very subtle colouring, lovely.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dave. Thanks.

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