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The Springing of Zutphen


This was back in March, early spring, in Zutphen, Holland, same day as yesterday's post.
This just happens to be my kind of sky over the Grote Gracht (Great Canal)!
(I'm a redhead and can't take too much sun.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Springing of Zutphen


This was back in March, early spring, in Zutphen, Holland, same day as yesterday's post.
This just happens to be my kind of sky over the Grote Gracht (Great Canal)!
(I'm a redhead and can't take too much sun.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (32)

Lovely shot, Ginnie. Such a clean looking area, love the landscape and the architecture. Beautiful job composing this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John. It felt like a magical place that morning.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2008, 02:20
Your image is some kind of "perfect", Ginnie.

Really like the palette of brilliant greys that dominate but don't overpower this work.

Love the grasses that anchor this image at the bottom left.
Ginnie Hart: And your "flattery" is some kind of wonderful, Ray! You always make my day. Thank you.
  • kay
  • humid pacific northwest
  • 20 May 2008, 03:53
Postcard perfect, Ginnie. I love this picture. And I'd love to live in a house overlooking this lake. I'm sure the view changes with every season. Well done as always smile
Ginnie Hart: I just found out from Wim that this is their Grote Gracht" (Great Canal), Kay, but it looks like a small Michigan lake to me. I could have a nice little cottage house there, for sure! Thanks, dear friend.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 20 May 2008, 04:17
Very pretty. I was expecting it to be located in Maine. It looks very similar. I particularly like the grass in the lower corner.
Ginnie Hart: Or, as I told Kay, in Michigan! It does look like one of our small lakes, Sherri, even though it's a big canal. Thanks.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 20 May 2008, 06:23
Eonderful shot. I love the tones here. also I like the tree on top left. well done!
Ginnie Hart: It felt like I was standing on the shore of a lake, Arash. That was the feeling I had and it really WAS wonderful.
  • Saeed
  • Iran
  • 20 May 2008, 06:37
very nice shot , i like the colors & soft reflection in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Saeed. Thank you kindly.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2008, 06:58
Wow a dark day but great colours that sky looks menacing.
Ginnie Hart: I have always loved menacing skies, Vintage. Not sure where that comes from but it goes all the way back to my childhood. Thank you.
This is the "Grote Gracht" at Zutphen which used to be part of the town's defense works. The low wall (parapet) on the right (under the tree) was also part of that.
Ginnie Hart: I have just added the "Grote Gracht" to my text above, Wim. Thanks for that important detail. This actually reminds me of our small lakes in Michigan, which evokes so much feeling and nostalgia for me right now.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 May 2008, 07:39
Love the stormy atmosphere Ginnie.Was there any lightening I can just imagine a flash breaking through??
Love the lighting and the colours too.smile
Nice onesmile
Ginnie Hart: No lightning, Tracy, that I recall. In fact, come to think of it, I hardly ever see lightning in Holland. Hmmm. Thanks, mijn vriend.
It is indeed a lovely dramatic sky Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chris. I often say I much prefer photographing skies like this than the blue, sunny ones. I know, I'm very weird. smile
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 20 May 2008, 08:06
Such lovely willows,(Looks like willow trees) I do think that all water should have them near by. I also like the none uniformal houses that you says that it is Holland. Nice shot. I think it must have rained shortly after
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure they ARE willow trees, Mick--the kind we have in Michigan. They're one of my favorite trees, so no wonder I was attracted to this scene! Thanks. It did rain off and on all day, yes!
You feel you want to bottle light like this to carry round with you! I can't take the sun even though I'm dark (well I used to be!!)
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Bill, about bottling this kind of light. It's magical. I quite prefer these menacing, lowering skies to the sunny, blue ones, as I just told Chris. But I'm weird, so it figures. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2008, 08:21
a wonderfully balanced composition- "my kind of sky" and gracht too, because of the beautiful soft reflections- it could also be autumn while looking at the willows and their brown leaves... I remember to have walked along this gracht and the walls, too.
Ginnie Hart: Then you know exactly what this feels like, Philine! A handful of us have been there! I like that.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2008, 11:22
a typical threathening cloud for Holland.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal, you're right! And I love it. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 20 May 2008, 11:45
Fantastic shot Ginnie. Love that sky.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. The sky was what made the image for me.
Its lovely to see somewhere like this clean and tidy Ginnie; the more i look at this country the more rubbish I see everywhere!!! Fine image, Chris
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Chris! Some places definitely look better than others! Thanks.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 20 May 2008, 12:12
This is a wonderful image, Ginnie. Very well presented too. Are you fiery as redheads are said to be?
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll leave that question for Astrid to answer, Chad! grin My hair isn't THAT red, however.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2008, 12:55
Hi, I love the fact that you have left the clouds in. Often I hear people ask where is the blue sky? I think the clouds add another dimension and make the other objects pop out. Thanks for sharing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brian, for stoppinng by and commenting. Since we were just in Australia recently, you put a smile on my face. smile
  • Astrid
  • Texel....on vacation...
  • 20 May 2008, 13:10
Great sky, it never bores me, we were lucky that day with the weather, we saw a lot of rain....but never were outside when it rained..
Indeed postcard quality, the little reed on the left does it voor me, meer dan je weet.
Ginnie Hart: The skies sure did threaten us all day long, Astrid, you're right! But when we were outside, the rain stopped. We're the Dream Team, must be! grin Ontzettend bedankt, mijn vriend.
The dark sky, and therefore dark water, really highlight the lovely colours in the trees Ginnie. Looks a nice place to be.
Ginnie Hart: It was totally charming, Brian! Thank you.
Beautiful moody shot Ginnie. I really like the colours contrast between the willow trees and the menacing sky!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe that's why I like lowering skies so much, Richard! They sure make everything else look so lovely. Thank you.
  • Karima
  • Washington DC
  • 20 May 2008, 15:12
Oh, this is so wonderful. It's got that fantastic mixed lighting with the storm threatening and yet that eerie bright light nevertheless. I also love those grasses on the left.
Ginnie Hart: You like what I like, Karima. smile Thank you.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2008, 16:13
Nice mood and i like the framing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Aksel
  • Holiday in France
  • 20 May 2008, 18:01
I know....it's great. Heavy grey sky and the sunlight... it's amazing. This could easily be a boring shot but with that light and your good composition it becomes a fine landscape
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Aksel. Thank you.
  • Ellie
  • here
  • 20 May 2008, 21:01
Lovely looking place Ginnie, and a lovely picture too. The willows look as if they're just about to burst into leaf, aren't they lovely and bright
Ginnie Hart: I love willows, Ellie...one of my favorite trees in the world! Thanks.
Looks a nice place to live Ginnie, the framing of the lake with the branches and the reeds in the foreground works well.
Ginnie Hart: It was really breath-taking, Les. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 21 May 2008, 14:29
There's nothing better then the ochre of willows and a grey stormy sky. Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Ruth. smile Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 21 May 2008, 20:53
Another photo with that spectacular sky. This is a great contrast to the beautiful trees at the watersides.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Carsten. Thank you.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 24 May 2008, 15:32
Another master composition... the elements on the left( first plan) worked so well...they put us on theshore along with you...
Ginnie Hart: I sometimes don't know why I do things the way I do, Lina, but I think you just explained it to me. smile Thanks.
amazing capture, well done
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Viktor, for stopping by and commenting.
I jus love this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, CISI! That means a lot.
Schitterende wijdse opname - I love it
Ginnie Hart: Ontzettend bedankt, lieve Cor.

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