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March Spring Madness


Some of you know we have college basketball's March Madness in the States, even though it's now April.
Right now we're heading into the Final Four weekend.

For the rest of you, we'll call it Spring Madness.
Have a great weekend!


(as seen in Utrecht, Holland, along the Old Canal on March 14)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

March Spring Madness


Some of you know we have college basketball's March Madness in the States, even though it's now April.
Right now we're heading into the Final Four weekend.

For the rest of you, we'll call it Spring Madness.
Have a great weekend!


(as seen in Utrecht, Holland, along the Old Canal on March 14)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (43)

  • sherri
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2008, 00:46
I had to look at this one at length. These people are sitting and lying in positions that threw me off. I get it nowsmile The structures, sidewalk, and water is just beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Every time I look at this myself, Sherri, I have to look twice! Her knee messes me up every time. grin Thank you kindly.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2008, 05:01
lovely lookin place. I dont blame the couple for wanting to relax over there.
Ginnie Hart: It was a rare sunny day that day, Kanyi. We all were happy campers. smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 4 Apr 2008, 05:51
cool capture Ginnie, the bag is a nice contrast to the other colours, good sharpness on the housefronts
Ginnie Hart: As always, Klaus, I appreciate when you stop by! Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 06:30
Looks like they have found a wonderful, peaceful spot to relax. Lovely muted tones. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: One man and one woman this time, Roz! grin (Thinking about your post today, of course.) Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • not in the sun..........which I would like
  • 4 Apr 2008, 06:54
That afternoon that was SPRING, we had the most wonderful weather and it was getting warm, people were enjoying themselfs, the terraces were filled with people having a great time, like the ones we spotted down there, a great picture, you master it as the best to get the perfect atmosphere, sun, shadow, having a good time, being lazy, having a good talk with a friend..........thanks for bringing back that memory on a gray and dull morning...
Ginnie Hart: It was a rare day for Holland, Astrid. We all were in our Glory, soaking up the sun. I'm glad we could share it together! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Apr 2008, 07:27
Astrid has described the atmospere on that synny afternoon which your picture has well captured, but the gestures of the young people don't look very relaxed for me , nou ja, perhaps Yoga-exercises? I would prefer a sitting- place in the sun on a terrace- with een kopje koffie en een appelpunt met slagroom! Have a great weekend too!
Ginnie Hart: Now you're talking, Philine! Believe it or not, I have just that picture for you coming up next week. smile I can read your thoughts. I'm with you!
Beautiful capture Ginnie. This couple really seems to enjoy the warmth of the sun!
Have a great weekend too.
Ginnie Hart: All of us were enjoying the sun that day, Richard. It was a rare day in Holland! smile Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 08:15
It's great when you can just chill and relax in the sunsmile
Bring on the sunsmile
This couple made the most of it for sure. Lovely capture Musketeer.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tracy. It was a rare day in Holland that day with the sun shining. We soaked it up. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 08:19
A delightful image. You can almost feel the sun on your back. I like the processing once again.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: You COULD feel the sun on your back that day, Ingrid. It was wonderful. Thanks, as always.
I love the near monochrome of this Ginnie. The couple are wonderfully absorbed in each other
Ginnie Hart: I went back-n-forth on the full color version, Bill, but obviously ended up with this. Thanks for your vote of confidence. smile
  • Blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 10:14
There are all kinds of interpretations of the body postures here. Looks like half yoga / half sleep to me. Very interesting ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, Mike. Exactly!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Apr 2008, 10:38
Great capture...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Reminds us of a similar shot we have in our archives smile Sorta prefer yours grin
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. You'll have to show me which one you're talking about, S&S, so I can compare. smile Thanks.
I find this very mysterious. It seems a funny place to lie down for a rest and it's a weird position too.

I love the textures and colours of your processing. It adds to the feeling of mysteriousness.
Ginnie Hart: Funny and weird is right, Mary. Exactly what I thought. I guess the rare sun in Holland that day made for some weird things! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 4 Apr 2008, 12:08
Love the subdued colours Ginnie. That pose really displays her assets.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! I noticed,too, Aussie. grin Thanks for the nice laugh.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Apr 2008, 12:13
Everything is good about this pic, Ginnie.
Lighting, sharpness and composition really standout, and the interesting couple just add to it.
Ginnie Hart: See what a little bit of sun can do, Ray. grin Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2008, 12:44
How sad MSU got annihilated in the sweet 16.

They look to be having a nice conversation. Where's the bottle of wine?

Ah, sring.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, I know, Ruth. BUT you at least got to the Sweet Sixteen!! That's better than WE did.

The bottle of wine was definitely missing!

Are you having any semblance if spring yet yourself?? I sure hope so. BUT it did snow in Holland AFTER this sunny day, as you know!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2008, 12:45
Oops, "Ah, sPring."

("Sring" is the sound spring makes.)
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! As I often tell Astrid, I know your English! grin
That's quite a dramatic pose there. Well spotted Ginnie. The waterline is quite high there have you noticed?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Scarlet, I DID notice the water line. But Astrid says they're under control at all times. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 4 Apr 2008, 13:25
Good capture of capturing the sun
Ginnie Hart: It was one of those rare days, Vintage, in Holland! smile Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 4 Apr 2008, 13:37
Great location to relax in the sun.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Cako! Thanks.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 4 Apr 2008, 13:42
Great shot, my kind of day, warm and lazy,lol I am looking forward to the weather in the UK warming up. must have been late afternoon???? Shaddows. Nice
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mick, I think it WAS late afternoon. It was a rare sunny day for Holland that day. We just soaked up the sun! All of us. Thanks.
Well spotted! Such a great capture of everyday life! And how lucky were they to be there without many folks around. Must be a wonderful place to go and think.
Ginnie Hart: I think no one knew what to do with so much sun. Didn't have time to think or do anything about it. grin Thanks, Martie.
IL y a un magnifique graphisme dans cette très belle image.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, MarieTom. Thank you.
Lovers? I like this composition Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: That's my guess, Chris. smile Thanks.
QUELQUES HEURES AVANT LA NAISSANCE DE TRITON POSEIDON ET AMPHITRITE FLIRTENT
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are so right, Celadon! smile Thanks.
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 4 Apr 2008, 17:08
I wouldn't have picked this picnic spot, but they seem to be enjoying themselves.
Ginnie Hart: The hard ground may explain their weird positions!?! Thanks, Martin.
Great tones you have created Ginnie...richard
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Manu
  • France
  • 4 Apr 2008, 20:35
Superbes vos photos !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Manu, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 4 Apr 2008, 21:30
I keep looking and tries to find out how she is sitting...it's spring, I can see that smile
Ginnie Hart: I have to look twice every time I look, Aksel, and I've seen it a hundred times! Very weird indeed. But for sure, it is spring when you see something like this! Thanks.
Looks like they're making the best of it Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I think so, Chris. smile Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2008, 22:36
Me thinks the lady has developed her own style ! MSU did well Gin, Memphis well most likely win the whole thing. Musketeer ? And her knee does not look strange :d
Ginnie Hart: Tell my sister, Ruth, that, about MSU, Johnny. They had to turn off the game halfway through because they were so upset. I sure will love the day when MICHIGAN (my alma mater) gets back into the finals!! It's been too long!! sad

This lady here? If the light is right, you can see she's doing a nice stretch.

And did you not know that Tracy, Astrid and I are the Three Musketeers from when we all were together in Amsterdam at our apartment in January?! smile
I like much the composition, I like much the illumination and I like the clearness... but the position of the girl is very difficult to see to me! wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! I still have to look twice every time I see her, José-Angel, so you're not the only one! smile Thank you.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 5 Apr 2008, 07:13
A relaxing and tranquil scene, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't it, Chad. Just what we all need. smile Thanks.
Nice picture, nice weather, unusual surroundings and an uncomfortable place to sit, but then love is blind, or so they say.
Ginnie Hart: Love is indeed blind, Brian. The things we're willing to go through for it! smile Thanks.
Lovely shot. I really like the brickwork and the water flowing through the picture too. Nice job adding the couple to the picture gives it a more personal and soothing effect.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes people in the image really do make it work! smile Thanks, John.
I went to graduate business school in St.Joseph's University in Philadelphia for two years...I'm familiar with the madness that is college basketball. (St.Joes are 4th in the Atlantic 10 conference, in Division 1...I had to look that up smile)
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhhh. So then you know how really crazy we are at this time of the year. They call if "Madness" for a reason. grin Thanks, Dave.
  • Still
  • France
  • 6 Apr 2008, 15:15
Ah! Really the spring is here.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Still, it is. smile Thanks.
I love the title and we did get some taste of spring upon my return. Now we are back to rain once again.. But more daylight hrs.

And just how little sunshine for last month, 106 hrs... 10 days x 10 hrs... Yikes, not much!
Ginnie Hart: Rain is part of spring, ET. smile You know that!! HA. Maybe you'll get a better quotient of sun in the days to come. I hope so.
I like very much this quiet and romantic picture Ginnie - I feel 30 years younger now smile smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Zeb. grin I love it...feeling young again and in love. Thanks.
  • Patrushka
  • Spokane, Washington, USA
  • 7 Apr 2008, 00:19
There is so much to look at in this picture, because everything is so sharp...you could spot a coin on the walk if there were one! What is that odd item on the brick wall in the upper right corner? Also, I'm puzzling over the color; I thought it was sepia, but then noticed a few tinges of muted green and blue, and the bright bag by the fellow's head. What did you do?
Ginnie Hart: You are so sweet, Patrushka! Actually, this image IS in sepia but through the Multiply layer it retains a bit of the color, which is why I like to use it sometimes. Don't ask me how that happens, but it does. I think that figure in the top right of the picture is like a little gargoyle stone they set in the stonework every few feet or near corners. I saw them all over the place. I actually got some close-ups of some of them which I may show some day. Thanks for all your questions. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 7 Apr 2008, 01:34
They look like cats stretching in the sun...loved the warmth coming from this image.
Ginnie Hart: I really like that parallel, Lina--cats stretching in the sun! Why didn't I think of that! You are such a poet.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Apr 2008, 12:39
This doesn't look like basketball - yet. Everything depends on her next move smile

Mad March Hare

Great picture and conversion.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're one very funny man, Louis. Thanks.

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