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Child's Play


KINDERDIJK = Child's Dike

Kinderdijk is a village 15km east of Rotterdam, Holland, known for it's 19 windmills built around 1740.
It's the largest concentration of old windmills in Holland.

I FINALLY got to go see it with my own eyes back in June when Astrid drove me there for a photo hunt.


KINDERDIJK = Windmill Heaven!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Child's Play


KINDERDIJK = Child's Dike

Kinderdijk is a village 15km east of Rotterdam, Holland, known for it's 19 windmills built around 1740.
It's the largest concentration of old windmills in Holland.

I FINALLY got to go see it with my own eyes back in June when Astrid drove me there for a photo hunt.


KINDERDIJK = Windmill Heaven!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (42)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Jul 2008, 00:16
Wow, I've added it to my list. Love the movement of the grass.
Ginnie Hart: You will NOT be disappointed if ever you get to go, Aussie! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Jul 2008, 00:47
Windmills amd cranes are some of your things.I do like windmills.
Ginnie Hart: I'm such a glutton, Vintage. I can't get enough of them. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 00:52
They are indeed beautiful. Love how you've processed this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Marcie.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 03:28
1740 and so well cared for. It's wonderful. A treat to see these in your image.
Ginnie Hart: That's exactly what we miss here in the States...this kind of age! It still astounds me, Sherri!
  • ajm
  • Australia
  • 8 Jul 2008, 04:36
wonderful shot you can feel the breeze
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, AJM, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 04:36
Ah, Ginnie, you take the best windmil pictures! smile This is a beaut smile
Ginnie Hart: I can just imagine what YOUR windmills would look like if you had them to shoot, Kay!! smile
  • FLOOG
  • A quiet corner of Utopia
  • 8 Jul 2008, 05:30
An amazing photograph. Absolutely first class
Ginnie Hart: Flattery will always get you everywhere, Paul. And I mean that sincerely. grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Jul 2008, 05:32
Een ontzettend geweldige foto, we had a wonderful day, it was so much joy for me to drive you to Kinderdijk, we took the 'long' route, making sure that you would be able to see 'real Dutch scenes' more Dutch than that is not possible.
Ginnie you are able to show 'us' how beautiful my country is, I love to see my country through your eyes.
Last week Kinderdijk got millions of euros for the renovation of the 15 of the 19 windsmills, so the future for these mills is secured.
Het was een prachtige dag, we hebben zoveel gezien en gedaan, dank je wel voor de gezelligheid.
Ginnie Hart: We are two very lucky kids, Astrid. That's all there is to it! Ontzettend bedankt voor jouw heel veel mooie geweldige grote vriendschap. You know it means the world to me!
I love the processing that gives it a gorgeous look of age.
Ginnie Hart: It's the age that awes me more than anything, Michael. I think I must have lived there in some distant past! smile Thanks.
It turns my mind like windmill blades ... It's chugging delightfully now ...
richard
Ginnie Hart: Windmills of the mind. Exactly, Richard! Thanks.
Ah Ginnie! So pleased I chose a `windmill` day to return. Love the sense of age you have captured, and the movement of the grasses. (:o)

Hope all is well with you and yours. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I must have known you were coming back, Roz! smile So good to see you again!
  • Still
  • France
  • 8 Jul 2008, 07:18
At new your superb wind mill... I hear the wind...
Ginnie Hart: I STILL can hear the wind! Thanks, Still. smile
Nice foreground and your treatment give the picture a nice "old" atmosphere
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely an old atmosphere, Aksel...like stepping back into a history from long ago! Thanks.
Awonderful timeless image Ginnie. We can really feel the wind in the grass!
Ginnie Hart: This place was all about timelessness for me, Richard. Definitely!
Ah who can resist a windmill or two, Gnnie. This looks a bit hilly for Dutchland though.
Ginnie Hart: This may be a bit deceiving, Chad, because the grasses were so tall everywhere. But I can guarantee that it is indeed Holland! smile
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 07:36
Hi Ginnie,

Its nice to see a change in scenery, this is a beautiful photo, i like how you took this from a low angle, making the windmills play peek-a-boo.
Ginnie Hart: The tall grasses everywhere really made for some great photo ops, Brian. It was such a wonderful place. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 8 Jul 2008, 07:43
Ginnie I know you were in heaven when you visited this place with Astrid. 19 windmills wow.smile
Great shot and processing as usual.smile
Ginnie Hart: I knew I would be in heaven, Tracy, but had no idea how much! You would have wanted to stay for ever! smile
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...summer? what summer?
  • 8 Jul 2008, 08:12
19 windmills! You must have overdosed! Lovely low angle and I the colour treatment is great.
Ginnie Hart: "Overdose" is probably the right word, Bill! I wish I could have been in the sky to get an over-all shot! That would have been the frosting on the cake!! smile
  • E Etomi
  • Romania
  • 8 Jul 2008, 08:25
Love the treatment as usual Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: And you're a sweetheart, Etomi.
Very very nicely done, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sweetie!! smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jul 2008, 09:56
You must have been lying down in the grass to take this one! It certainly looks like a good windy day for windmills. Love the processing.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: No, I wasn't lying down, Ingrid, but the grasses were so tall and there were several dips and rises everywhere to get the feel of hilly country. It was a windmill kind of place and day, for sure! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2008, 12:28
I especially like the traces of wind or storm?- and I could imagine that the windmills could be full in action, but I self have been there and know that only some of theme are working to demonstrate the old know-hows- a nice place indeed but often a rather touristic atmosphere.
Ginnie Hart: We were lucky to be there on a day that was not full of tourists, Philine. I'm sure it is often TOO full of people. About half of the mills were in action, which made it even more delightful. I really was in heaven. smile
This is what I always pictured Holland to look like. Great shot Ginnie, love the details and the tones in this image.
Ginnie Hart: This IS what Holland looks like, John, as far as I'm concerned. smile Thanks.
Ginnie long time, hope you are well, another good shot.
Ginnie Hart: Good to see you back, Sesan. Thanks.
Lovely shot Ginnie, I like the way they seem to rise from the grasses, and the very muted colours.
Ginnie Hart: I they they sprouted from Mother Earth, Brian. smile Thanks.
The tonal depth matches the lovely framing. They could almost be conversing.
Ginnie Hart: I think they were talking up a storm, Jamoula. smileD Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2008, 15:34
Ginnie .. great framing .. good job to take the foreground in the capture, well done. Also i like the toning
Ginnie Hart: The grasses were so tall everywhere, Klaus, giving this place a different feel from where I've seen windmills before. Thanks.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 15:56
Beautiful! I really like how the mills are still yet the grasses are moving.
Ginnie Hart: It was one of those heavenly days you never forget, Martie! Thanks.
Dynamic and dramatic shot in these sepia tones. Love how they have that 50s feel to them.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Alex. Places like this seep into my soul and never leave! Thanks.
  • don
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 16:30
A fine shot of the windmills. I especially like the setting and the overall color cast. Nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jul 2008, 16:38
All about windpower...not just the mills, but the trees and the grass, and the clouds don't look stationary either.
A wonderful shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Not even WE were stationary, Ray! grin We had to go see every last one of them. It was a splendid walk.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2008, 19:21
Because the great kid Ginnie is so very loving Kinderdijk heaven here I'll tell her " het ontroerende verhaaltje" of its name (via google researched):
"The name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Child's Dike". In 1421 during the Saint Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder stayed unflooded. It is said that when the terrible storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas, to see what could be saved. He saw in the distance a wooden cradle floating. There was no hope that anything would be living in it, but when it approached, movement was seen. When the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water could come into it. When the cradle eventually came near the dike, someone fished the cradle out and saw that in it a baby slept quiet and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat. This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle" in English (Meder 2007; Griffis, 1918)."
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I love it, Philine! What a great story!! Thank you so much for finding it for us all.
Very effective picture of Astridland Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: This is indeed Astridland, Chris. I have come to love her country as though it were mine. Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2008, 21:08
Beautiful processing and tones. I love windmills !
Ginnie Hart: I love them, too, Carsten. Not much else can compare to them, as far as I'm concerned! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan - United States
  • 8 Jul 2008, 21:10
Blades, blades, blades - grass and windmills. Did you take a nap after this shot, lying there in the grass?
Ginnie Hart: I would have loved to take a nap there, Ruth. i could have stayed there for almost forever! smile Thanks.
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 8 Jul 2008, 22:29
This looks like a picture from a child's story book!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe it is, Clarence! smile And I'm the Child!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jul 2008, 23:15
I was waiting for this ever since I read the 2 of you were there. Excellent picture.
Ginnie Hart: I guess you've been there, Louis, and know what a delight it is. It was hard to pick what image I would show to depict the place! Thanks.
The windmills must have been turning fast, they seem to be blowing the grasssmile Really nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Something was blowing the grass, for sure, Nigel. It must have been the windmills. smile Thanks.
  • Rian
  • Brooklyn
  • 9 Jul 2008, 15:55
Aww... windmills in Holland.. I wanna shoot them too.. smile nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: You would love them, Rian. They're so soulful. Thanks.
Lovely framed and nice pp!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! smile
  • Padraig
  • Scotland
  • 10 Jul 2008, 10:05
this is a beautiful shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Padraig.
Great picture! good compo

Kind regards,
Jens
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jens.

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