Hart & Soul

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In (Green) Pastures


My soul is restored.  I shall not want.
(In the Holland polder.)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



In (Green) Pastures


My soul is restored.  I shall not want.
(In the Holland polder.)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



comments (43)

I'm so happy that your soul has been restored Ginnie. Even though it's flat this is a very agreeable landscape
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Chris. Holland has a way of restoring my Hart AND my Soul! Thanks.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Mar 2008, 01:01
well done ginnie
i like the composition except for the position of that third tree growing out of the middle one
Ginnie Hart: HA! Gotta watch out for the trees that pop in on you unawares, DrAW. grin Thank you for stopping by again.
I feel like I could walk in these fields forever.. so beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Jen! I really enjoy Holland as my second home. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 02:53
Lovely tones and image, Ginnie. There's nothing like the countryside to sing to the soul and help it heal.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Kay. Thanks for knowing!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 04:17
I really like those punk trees. Why am I not surprised that the Dutch have them? Must be another example of them being a bit more sensible about things than most.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Punk trees. I love it, Martin. That's what I'll always call them from this day forward. smile Thanks for the smile.
  • Astrid
  • almost on my way to...........
  • 12 Mar 2008, 04:43
You are so right, I once asked if any body had a place like this to get new spirits and clear the head, now you have seen this with your own eyes.
Those sheep know me by now: "one sheep to the other: quick look the other way, I will tell when they are gone, than we can relax again, I hate being photogarphed". LOL at Martin too.
This is a great pictuere again, I love the tones in it, see the gates and no fence, here comes the polsstokspringen wink, I will let you know when those swans make their nest, we have about 5 of these couples every year.
Ginnie Hart: I could go back to this place time after time again, Astrid, as you know. Do the sheep that you know so well have names, I wonder? And one day I would LOVE to see someone (YOU?) pole-vaulting over one of these dikes! THAT would be a treasure worth waiting for. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Mar 2008, 06:57
The green will come again, an open, wide landscape indeed "to get new spirits and to clear the head" (Astrid), especially I love the 'Kopfweiden', growing there in storm and rain, and the robust,weatherproofed sheeps, resting there -a pic of tranquillity and calmness and perseverance! The pure white of the sheep-coats refers already to Eastern when there are the little lambs!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't think about how appropriate this is for the upcoming Easter holiday, Philine. Awww. What a sweet thought. And yes, the green is coming back, all over the place. My heart is so much restored here in this beautiful country.
  • ferdi
  • 12 Mar 2008, 07:31
Stunning photo Ginnie, love the PP you've done !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your kind visit, Ferdi. Good to see you again.
  • navin
  • India
  • 12 Mar 2008, 07:56
Very nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Navin.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:09
What very appealing looking sheep - they look very well-fed! A timeless landscape.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Ingrid. This is so much my kind of restorative place! Thanks.
  • xavi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:56
increible imagen y unos tonos geniales
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, Xavi.
Very nice capture Ginnie. I like the tones. Is the gate on the left the one your posted yesterday?
Ginnie Hart: No, Richard, the gate is NOT the one from yesterday but one way out in the field from where we were. But I tell you, they're all over the place! Thanks.
  • Shakara
  • London
  • 12 Mar 2008, 10:09
I love the shot and the treatment applied ..and the words are comforting
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Shakara. I thought so, too.
Welcome back to our little frog country.
These are nice pollarded willows!
Ginnie Hart: I love being in your little frog country, Wim! And I do love those pollarded willows!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 12 Mar 2008, 10:25
Those sheep just look so comfortable. beautiful scene Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: They look fat and sassy, Aussie! smile Thanks.
I always like sepia tones.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Chantal. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 11:20
I do love these trees, familiar from Astrid's fog photo. I love the photo, and those sheepses.
Ginnie Hart: Those trees really are unique, Ruth, aren't they. You can't help but fall in love with them. And the sheepses! They steal my heart whenever I see them! Thanks.
beautiful scene in sepia. well done ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mandau. Thank you kindly.
Lovely shot Ginnie. With this weather better hold on to your camera smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Isn't THAT the truth!!! Tell me about it. smile Thanks for the warning.
There is nothing like a loved area of countryside to restore the soul.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill. Exactly!
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 11:45
Sheep...hmmm

Is this a homage, Ginnie?...lol
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chad. Always an homage to that which is so soulful! smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Mar 2008, 12:27
Oh!
Psalm trees!
I wonder if they are related to palm trees but living in Europe!

Actually, this psalm factored in my rejection of organised religion at about age 10...reciting #23 used to give me goose bumps, and I did not like the idea that challenged my self-determination.

Such a positive image for me, personally, Ginnie...thank you.
Ginnie Hart: Psalm trees indeed, Ray. smile I like that. There is so much from my background that gives me goose bumps, Ray! I keep what's worth keeping and blow the rest away, if that makes sense. Thanks for your thoughts, as always.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 12 Mar 2008, 12:53
Great photo those sheep look well feeded
Ginnie Hart: I think so, too, Vintage! Well fed and very happy. smile Thanks.
Wonderful feel to those pollarded willows Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: I have grown to love those trees, Richard! Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:42
Lovely pastoral scene, Ginnie. I am so pleased that you have found a place to restore your soul. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I love pastoral scenes like this, Roz. They really do restore my soul!
I have to tell you one more thing - I'm curious what you might not want? What do I want? More time to take photos!
Ginnie Hart: I am learning the longer I live, Jen, to want very little, if anything, and to be happier with little to nothing! Then when I get something I don't expect, I am surprised by JOY!
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 12 Mar 2008, 15:34
I love the color tones here. wonderfully processed.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Reza.
Nice treatment Ginnie, especially the sepia tone. It could well have been taken in one or two of the eastern counties of England which have similar terrain.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling many places in Europe are kin to each other like this, Brian. I like that feeling! Thanks.
I like the contrast between the two fully dressed sheeps and the two naked trees smile
Ginnie Hart: I really like that thought, Magnus. Good eye! smile Thanks.
Avoir les cheveux en pétards pourraient-on dire pour cette photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Panography, for stopping by and commenting!
Nice shot, looks so calm and quiet there. What's the weather like this time of the year? Like the tones in this image too. The trees are different. Great image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: The weather is in the 40's F, John, with wind (and sometimes rain) that chills you to the bone. But I'll take whatever I get, especially when the skies have so much attitude! It doesn't take much to please me. smile Thanks.
I wish I could understand the color and tonality as well as You. I like your Sepia shots.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are so kind and sweet, CISI. Thank you. I bet in no time you'll be doing these yourself!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Mar 2008, 21:49
Excellent. It looks like Astrid's playground tongue
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Louis. Her playground, her therapy, her chapel, you name it. I felt/feel the same way! smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • on the dreaded dial up!
  • 12 Mar 2008, 21:59
LOL at Martin - Punk trees indeed. Has he never heard of pollarding? Bleak landscape, but the sheep look very content - almost groomed! ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I know, Mike. I love the thought of Punk Trees and will never forget that. smile Thanks.
Very nice ! The work on saturation makes the shot !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Zeb.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 22:47
Curious and quiet photo. It works for me and fits well with your words and the feelings they express.
Ginnie Hart: Quiet was very much what I needed, Jewlya. Thanks for your words.
  • Ellie
  • chilly and windy UK
  • 12 Mar 2008, 23:44
I just love these pollarded willows, they looks like hairy something or others on the landscape. Beautiful pastoral scene Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Hairy something or others! I like that, Ellie. smile I love scenes like this!! Thanks.
Beautiful shot. They look so relaxed.
Ginnie Hart: They were in their heaven, as was I, Michael. Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Mar 2008, 20:41
Nobody knows how to wait for Spring as a tree does...standing silent...with a promise of green running inside each branch... (Idyllic place...fascinating trees!...)
Ginnie Hart: You are probably right, Lina, about trees. More and more they are becoming like humans to me. My mom used to have names for her favorites. smile
  • Still
  • France
  • 13 Mar 2008, 21:37
A peacefully image!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Still. Thank you.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 10:51
How cool, they lok almost humanlike. I'm reminded of the Ents from Lord of the Rings.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Dave. I often see trees that remind me of the Ents! smile Thanks for that lovely reminder.
A lovely sentiment and with all your good wishes my body is becoming restored.
Nice and calm fields! I am glad that you are better!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, José-Angel. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel!

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