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Spring Cleaning

Soon these trees of the Holland polder will be springing to life.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

Spring Cleaning

Soon these trees of the Holland polder will be springing to life.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

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Very interesting Ginnie: near where I live on the flat lands in Somerset they pollard the Willow trees just like this
Ginnie Hart: We have crape myrtle trees in Atlanta/Georgia that they prune way back like this, Chris. It makes me realize that there are certain trees that really thrive on such drastic pruning. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 13 Mar 2008, 00:14
I love the sepia in this image. I love the composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kanyi.
Beautiful toes and composition, Ginnie. And the ladder makes it danged interesting.
Ginnie Hart: I loved that ladder, Michael and wanted to climb it. smile If it wouldn't be trespassing, I would have.

BTW, your link to your site has not been working lately. Could you please check it for those of us who want to click over to you? In the meantime, I will try to Google you!
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 13 Mar 2008, 02:20
This is great. I could look at it all day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Jessie, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
  • Astrid
  • veel te vroeg naast mijn bed.........grin
  • 13 Mar 2008, 04:56
A most beautiful shot and lots to see, great composition, the tones are beautiful, love the ruffle of the water, it showed the wind that day, the farmer is a real dare-devil, the ladder did not look very save to me...well I think he knows how to swim....grin
Ginnie Hart: You always make me laugh, dear Astrid! grin The wind and water that day only made this ladder more exciting. I would have loved to climb it, if we had dared. Maybe we should have asked for forgiveness rather than permission! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 Mar 2008, 05:28
Lovely tones and scene Ginnie, but why do they do this to the trees.
Ginnie Hart: We have similar trees in Atlanta,Aussie, that are cut way back like this every year to promote better growth. It still amazes me that it happens like that! Surely there is a wee sermon there. Thanks.
Really important information:

Apparently you can chop a main branch of a willow tree in to four pieces and stick each piece in the ground and hey presto in two years you have four new willow trees growing frantically.
Ginnie Hart: Stuff like that really boggles my mind, Richard! Thanks for sharing it.
I don't know what they use the water for, but I imagine cutting the trees at the water's edge like this serves two purposes: one, as Richard says, to regenerate the tree population and two, to make the water navigable by small craft. It would be otherwise impassable with that tangle of overhanging branches. Just a guess.

But Ginnie in Amsterdam today, I love your views of daily life. They are well contrived and very educational.
Ginnie Hart: I feel that living in Holland is a totally wonderful educational experience, Colin! I learn something new almost every day. I just love it.

And I'm sure your guess is right about the water and trees. Of course, since most of Holland is below sea level, they have to manage all that water...and have obviously been geniuses at doing so!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Mar 2008, 07:58
Wow! They certainly prune heavily! Wonder what they do with the off-cuts?

A wonderful, interesting shot, Ginnie...the water is especially alluring!
Ginnie Hart: Wim has responded after you, Ray, to say the cut-offs can be used for making baskets or twined into big mats for support of the dykes. Man! We learn something new every day, don't we! smile Thanks.
Talking of pollarding..!
Ginnie Hart: Precies! smile
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 13 Mar 2008, 08:11
Yes, and here it's a nice tribute to them ... Each season merits to be shot, with its atmosphere ...
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Ann. Spring is one of those seasons we always look forward to, especially after a long winter! Thanks.
The off-cuts can be used for making baskets. They used to be twined into big mats for support of the dykes in Holland.
If these willows are left growing the branches will grow to big and the tree will break in two.
Ginnie Hart: Very interesting and educational, Wim. Thanks for adding these tidbits of trivia! smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Mar 2008, 08:17
You have caught them red-handed Ginnie! I always feel sorry for the trees, but I know that they benefit from it. Another good one from your Dutch landscape series.
Ginnie Hart: Red-handed, indeed, Ingrid. smile The pruning of trees like this, as also in Atlanta of our crape myrtles, always seems so severe. But by the middle of the summer, I'm in awe of the result. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Mar 2008, 08:19
Yes, everywhere spring cleaning can be observed- a lovely capture of this tree-working and the ruffles of the gracht!
In former times they used to clean all rooms... in the most families, it was/is the so-called "Fr├╝hjahrsputz", typically German, I don't know (spring cleaning), but nowadays nobody has so much time to clean and brush up all things before the spring can break out, yesterday my windows were cleaned though!
Ginnie, when is the green coming? I'm longing for coloured pics!
Ginnie Hart: Spring cleaning is something I can feel guilty about, Philine, because I usually don't do it (not like we did it in the "old days"). But with the trees, if you don't do it, you find out why you should have!

Maybe you'll be happy with my color tomorrow?! I hope so. smile
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Mar 2008, 08:41
I hope you have recovered from jet lag, ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I think I'm getting there, Chad! Ask Astrid. We spent the day together yesterday and she totally zonked me out. grin
Ginnie you are on a roll . Nice one !!
Ginnie Hart: HA! So glad you think so, Shakara. smile
questo scatto ├Ę meraviglioso evoca posti lontani! molto bella!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Paola, to comment again. Thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 13 Mar 2008, 10:22
It's great to watch the before, and I can't wait for the after!
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Ruth! I will try to remember to capture the "after!" smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 13 Mar 2008, 11:07
Willow trees are they weeping willow after they lose their branches lol
Ginnie Hart: HAHA! I think you've answered your own question, Vintage. grin Thanks for the smile.
Looks like a scene out of an old movie, now all you need to add are two kids and a dog, all trying to take turns going up that ladder...
Ginnie Hart: You are exactly right, Hamilton. What this scene is missing is a bunch of kids (of all ages). I'd be right there in the mix! Thanks for stopping by again.
great in sepia, it adds extra ambiance... and an old style feeling
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing this landscape is very familiar to you, Chantal, in any color! smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Mar 2008, 12:46
Wonderful composition Ginnie. The sepia really brings this shot to life for me.
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad, Scarlet. Thanks for saying so!
Bare, but for the promise of days to come. A wonderful peek at a point in the cycle.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Red Pen! smile Thanks.
I'm really enjoying this series Ginnie and in particular the sepia toning finish of them all. Keep them coming for a bit longer.
Ginnie Hart: There's another week, Brian, whether you like them or not! grin So glad you're enjoying the series thus far. Thanks.
Haha - I love the title.. Spring cleaning. How creative. To me, I just wonder how these trees would look if man did not interfer with them.. OR just gave them a short trim instead of a chop!

I'll be doing some spring cleaning too this weekend in preparation for the trip...
Ginnie Hart: What I'd like to know, Jen, is who ever figured out that pruning them so severely would make them "better!" It happens in Atlanta, too, with our Crape Myrtles. And it surprises me every year! Enjoy your own spring cleaning. smile
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 13 Mar 2008, 15:23
Once again, a beautifully processed shot.like it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Reza. I appreciate it.
  • mal
  • 13 Mar 2008, 15:54
very appealing image Ginnie, the prelude to life. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mal. It is definitely a prelude to life!
Nice use of sepia again Ginnie. I can see why you like it here.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Bill, and thank you.
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 13 Mar 2008, 16:46
I think this is punk tree making smile Lovely shot either way!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Punk trees they will be, always and forever, in my mind. smile Thanks, Martin.
I'm amazed at the landscape there. Like the water flowing through the picture it really focuses your attention through the entire image. Very nice job on this shot.
Ginnie Hart: When a country is below sea level, John, I guess it makes a lot of sense that there'd be water all over the place. grin I love it.
I thought that in France they were pruning trees too severely, but here they look like having been shaved!
Beautiful picture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Richard! It must be a botanical "secret" the world over. I wonder who first discovered it! Thanks.
Lovely composition Ginnie - look like too much work for me, I have enough trouble cutting the lawn!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know what you mean, Mike! grin Thanks.
Where to begin?
This looks like hard work, but i┬┤ll guess that the result gonna be fantastic smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I hope so, after all of that, Magnus! I'll have to check back there later on! Thanks.
  • martie
  • US
  • 13 Mar 2008, 19:52
Really interesting composition and treatment. It looks cold - like winter, but with the trees being trimmed there's a whisper of warmer days to come. I really like the cottages in the background.
Ginnie Hart: I love those cottages, too, Martie. There was so much to see at this place. It felt very "busy" and full of life to me. Thanks.
Wow, crowdy !! I really love your sepia tone Ginnie. Soon, there will be green everywhere ! Yes! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Flo. I'll make sure I take some pictures when I go back at green time! Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Mar 2008, 20:47
Until then we have the pleasure to admire this tissue of branches with its complex and surprising patterns. The processing is, once again, a master's choice!
Ginnie Hart: I learn so much, Lina, from looking at this image. I just stare at all that's going on here. Thanks for your kind words!
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 13 Mar 2008, 20:56
wonderful scene and treatment Ginnie and yes it can't come fast enoughsmile
Ginnie Hart: That's what a lot of people are saying this year, Tim, after a long and hard winter. Spring IS around the corner. Thanks.
Lovely composition and tones Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Good to see you again, ChiChi. Thanks.
  • Ron S
  • 5 months post retirement
  • 13 Mar 2008, 21:18
When was this picture taken Ginnie - 2008 or 1928? It has that wonderful, documentary feel of those inter-war photographers like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Cartier-Bresson who left such a fascinating legacy. If I had found this anywhere else I would certainly have said 1928.
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Ron. You have really said a mouthful here and I am very humbled by your words. Actually, that's what this place felt like---from another world and era. Thank you kindly.
  • Still
  • France
  • 13 Mar 2008, 21:35
Oh! lovely tones for this sweet image!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still. I loved this place!
  • Ellie
  • damp UK
  • 13 Mar 2008, 23:46
Aha, they're getting their spring haircut. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie. It's that time! smile Thanks.
You've really been in a sepia/black and white mood, huh? Your choices for the shots have worked beautifully, this one included. I like how the trees take over the foreground, but don't hide the signs of civilization behind them.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes I really get into the sepia mood, Jewlya...you're right! But then I'll pop into color again, as you know. smile Thanks.
  • Kay
  • wet and rainy Portland
  • 14 Mar 2008, 01:46
I want to sit down by this body of water and take it all in very slowly, Ginnie. Sigh.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Kay. I know. What is it about water, great or small! Must be all those positive ions! smile Thanks, my dear.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Mar 2008, 07:14
The whites of the pruned trees are standing out in exclamation of the injustice of being stripped of their dignity.

Great picture. I am missing the people for this picture. Astrid even suggested an action shot of the farmer falling in the water smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I should have had Astrid pose for the picture! That would have been a blast! Thanks, Louis.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 16 Mar 2008, 08:12
Great composition and I love the sepia.

I know if I were the one to climb that ladder I would wind up taking a swim, ladder and all!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Helen. I'll take full responsibility to keep you from climbing that ladder! Thanks.
A very nice and bucholic picture !
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Zeb! Thanks.
Life exists here!! I love it
You are unique obtaining these turned tones!
Ginnie Hart: And you're a sweetheart, Jos├ę-Angel! smile
  • Rxan
  • 21 Mar 2008, 23:25
Like an old postcard...nice treatment!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Rxan! That means a lot.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 24 Mar 2008, 09:24
Wow, I cant believe that there actually is a place like that on earth. I wish I could live in that cottage there smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Thomas. It's something else! Thanks.

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