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Turning a New Leaf

Usually we "turn a new leaf" on January 1st, if then.
But for me, I'm turning MY new leaf today by going back to work, after 3.5 years of retirement.
I'll be working part-time at
Starbucks near home.  Wish me luck.  :)

Photo taken in Barcelona, Spain, October 2007 (filtered, of course).
I was so struck by the colors!

Starting today, I will probably post only once a week or so!

Turning a New Leaf

Usually we "turn a new leaf" on January 1st, if then.
But for me, I'm turning MY new leaf today by going back to work, after 3.5 years of retirement.
I'll be working part-time at
Starbucks near home.  Wish me luck.  :)

Photo taken in Barcelona, Spain, October 2007 (filtered, of course).
I was so struck by the colors!

Starting today, I will probably post only once a week or so!

comments (62)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 22 Sep 2008, 00:39
Ginnie, let me be the first to wish you well on the new phase of your career/life.
We will miss your beautiful daily images.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear, dear Aussie. You're a sweetheart. I will still be around, trust me!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 22 Sep 2008, 00:40
OOPs almost forgot, I can see why you were taken by the colours, beautiful orange.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thank you.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2008, 01:32
Good luck Ginnie on the new beginnings of the next phase smile. Nice treatment on the pic,it gives an impressionistic feel.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Bandoras...and for stopping by and commenting.
Waoww,,,sebuah the processing technique of the good photograph, so as to show the photograph that resembled the watercolour painting. Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Bram. Thank you.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2008, 02:37
I'll miss your beautiful daily images, but I'm excited for you too. New things, new faces...it can be a happy time and I certainly hope it issmile

This is a beautiful image and no matter which way you turn these leaves the good side showssmile
Ginnie Hart: That is such a beautiful thought, Sherri--the good side showing no matter which way I turn the leaves! That means more than you know. Thank you!
  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2008, 02:41
All the best with your new job Ginnie smile Lovely PP on the image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fotografa. So far so good. smile
  • Donica
  • Budapest
  • 22 Sep 2008, 03:13
I can recall sitting in a quiet little corner of a nearby Starbucks with a very dear friend on special evenings almost 11 years ago! Interesting how life passes the same point over and over again.
Ginnie Hart: When you live long enough, I'm beginning to think all of life comes around full-circle. grin Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2008, 03:56
Alle geluk van de hele wereld mijn lieve vriend,
I do hope you have a good day at work, meer dan je weet.
Now I have to fly...and will fly....
Great picture BTW
Talk to you later.
Ginnie Hart: God knows I need all the luck I can get these days, Astrid. smile Thank you. It was a great first day of orientation, to be continued all week. So in that regard, it's "easy," though a lot to remember. Thank God I can keep being trained to remember as I go along. I know you're having a blast in NYC right now. Enjoy it to the hilt!
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2008, 04:03
wow, that's so nice for you.. smile good luck on the job.. grin .. and nice shot too.. that zoomed, closely cropped shot looks good.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rian. I feel like I'm off to a good start. smile
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 22 Sep 2008, 05:19
I wish you Luck Ginnie.....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..I am screaming. Hope you can buy a frapachino when I come to ATL! love you and will still look at your once a week images smile
Ginnie Hart: You can buy the store out, Ada, when you come to Atlanta. smile Just tell me when you're coming and maybe I'll be able to meet you! Thanks for your great support.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Sep 2008, 05:50
Interesting & attractive processing here, Ginnie.

Good luck and good fun with your new job.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ray! So far so good. smile
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 22 Sep 2008, 06:22
have fun on going back to work Ginnie! but don't work too much. smile

lovely colors on this image. smile
Ginnie Hart: So far it's been only 4 hours/day. I can certainly handle that, Claire. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2008, 06:28
Oh Ginnie, a colourful pic full of life and joy of life, you have a special talent to connect pictures with personal experiences, and my heartfelt thoughts are with you and I wish you a good beginning on your new phase of life! "Glück auf!"
Ginnie Hart: You know how to support me, Philine. Thank you! So far so good! smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2008, 06:47
Turning new leafs takes courage and can be very exciting, although I frequently find myself sad at leaving old leafs too.
Ginnie Hart: I have many leaves to look at, Kathryn, and am sure there will be some harder to turn than others. Thank you.
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2008, 07:35
Good luck with your new venture, I know you will love it. All that chatter chatter tonguetongue Oh and lots of coffee too.
You will have them eating out of your hand so to speak.
GOOD LUCK mijn vreind you will be in my thoughts.
Love the shot and procesing Ginnie.smile
Ginnie Hart: You wouldn't believe how much I have learned about coffee thus far in 3 4-hour days at work. I am learning a LOT! smile Thanks. Musketeer.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 22 Sep 2008, 07:53
Good Luck Ginnie! I'm wondering what is it that grows and has this red colour in the palm tree or is it flowers perhaps?
Ginnie Hart: I really am not sure, Frida, because I don't that much about palm trees. But it sure did catch my eye! Thanks.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 22 Sep 2008, 08:19
nice effect Ginnie, this is the only tree we have here sad
Ginnie Hart: Well then, Arash, you know what those orange leaves/berries are! I do not have a clue!
That sounds like the perfect job for Astrid! Hope it goes well, I will miss not seeing so many pictures from you.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your support, Bill. I still have a hundred thousand pictures to show. But alas, so little time! sad
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2008, 09:14
We all have to turn over a new leaf from time to time - it keeps us fresh. Best of luck with your new job and be sure to keep in touch. Lovely colours here.
Ginnie Hart: I will definitely stay in touch, Ingrid, and will also have to be more selective in my images to show! That's gonna be hard. smile
Well if you're gonna flower - you might as well do so SPECTACULARLY!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Chris. I do like that. smile Thanks.
You are working, Ginnie? I wish the best thing you in this new stage!
Much luck!
Now where you are? In America or Europe? wink

Thanks for the photo of this colouristic palm of Barcelonawink
Ginnie Hart: I am in Atlanta, José Angel, and will not travel to Europe for awhile. Let's see what happens, right?! smile
The best of luck for you Ginnie. You definitely deserve it.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Albert. Thank you!
This is some news Ginnie!
Does that also mean that you'll not be in Amsterdam often?
Anyway, I think serving at Starbucks is a perfect job for you!
Ginnie Hart: Starbucks is perfect in so many ways, Wim, because it's all over the world. There is method to my madness. smile
tes coluleurs sont délicieuses
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P. It must be what happens in the fall/autumn!
Best of luck, you might get some nice candids in there!
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to find out if they will allow me to take pictures! smile Thanks for the idea, Padraig.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 22 Sep 2008, 12:40
With all the talk of coffee on shutterchance you may have many people line up for for sales.Ginnie life is for living just do it.love the colour.
Ginnie Hart: You would not believe how much I have learned about coffee in 3 days at work, Vintage! OMG! It's amazing. And to think that it is a universal language!!! I will be able to go anywhere in the world and work at Starbucks, right? smile
Best of luck in coming out of retirment Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bernie. Someone had to do it, right? grin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2008, 14:28
Ha Ha - good for you! Just don't expect me to drink their coffee! Hope it all goes well Ginnie and Good Luck!
Ginnie Hart: I have been amazed at what I have learned in 3 days of work, Mike! And I am really impressed by how this company "works" in the world. It's been something else!
I guess you have drunk so much coffee in your times with Astrid that you can't keep away from a cafe for very long Ginnie. Hope the job goes o.k., great picture.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Brian. I do not as a rule drink caffeine, but I sure am learning a lot about coffee! It's a universal language!
That is a beautiful colour combination.
Have fun at work. You need to enjoy it
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. So far I'm having a blast. smile
How exciting Ginnie! Definitely turning a new leaf, and the start of a new season ironically too!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Jen. That's right. Autumn is my favorite season, so it's appropriate. Maybe I'll learn all the coffees in time for the holiday crunch!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2008, 17:03
Turning a new bean? Well coffee beans are another exotic product, like whatever fruit comes from this palm. I do wish you well in your new barista job.
Ginnie Hart: Did I ever, ever know I would be a barista one day! I have learned so much about coffee in 3 days of work! I will never be the same. HA! It's a universal language, which makes it even better. Thanks, Ruth.
Good luck in your new job, I love Starbucks. My daughter usually gets me a Starbucks gift card. Beautiful colors indeed, the more I look, the more colors I find. Great details and clarity too. Nice job on this one Ginnie. Did I say job?
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have given me a big smile, John. Yes, you said job and I'm loving it. So much to learn. Who ever would have thought there was so much to learn about coffee!
I love my coffee but tend to use Nero's when out.
Well as they say it'll keep you ''orf the streets'' Ginnie ... but of course from a photographers perspective that aint good. ;-)

Are you going in at management level or wiping the tables?
Ginnie Hart: It will definitely keep me off the streets, Richard, but don't worry. I will not give up photography, ever! smile
  • Still
  • France
  • 22 Sep 2008, 20:46
I hope that all will be fine for you in your new job! We wait for images smile)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you Still. You're a sweetheart.
  • mary
  • 22 Sep 2008, 21:27
Best of luck with your new "leaf!" Love this photo, the colors and the processing. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you. Mary. So far so good. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Sep 2008, 22:49
Of to work again. It must be the monotony of all the travelling smile I hope the allow you a few cups of the best. Let us know what the drain is all about.

Colourful leaf shot.
Ginnie Hart: You wouldn't believe all my perks! I'm basking in it all. And to think it's a universal language! I had no idea there was so much to learn about coffee!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Sep 2008, 11:31
Good luck then, I know you will be okay!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal, and thank you.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 23 Sep 2008, 13:01
Enjoy Ginnie, let us know how your first day went. xx
Ginnie Hart: I have 3 days under my belt now, Etomi, and am loving it. I had no idea there was so much to learn about coffee...the universal language!
This has an explosive feel to it, Ginnie, by the way you have zoomed in. I like it.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Chad. I'll drink a latte to that. grin
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2008, 01:11
Hmm... that almost looks like light snow falling on that palm...brrr... its getting really cold where i am right now. Very nice photo Ginnie. Good luck with that part time job, its ways nice to be busy.
Ginnie Hart: I think the busier I am the more organized I get, Brian, so, yes, it's good to be working again. smile Thanks.
wear comfortable shoes. I love the processing on this. way cool.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing but the best, Gail! smile Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2008, 05:09
Have fun at Starbucks! Remember not to drink more than 6 cups of coffee in a rowsmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! That'll be the day. I'm still a decaf drinker, Martin, so I'll have to learn how to make all drinks with decaf coffee. smile It's amazing how much I have learned already.
  • Dick
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2008, 12:16
Hi Ginnie

I wish you lots and lots of good luck and one picture a week is good enough.

Ginnie Hart: You're a real sweetheart, Dick. Thank you.
  • SFL94
  • 24 Sep 2008, 14:56

Very nice pictures, I like it very much!

Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sébastien!
Good luck smile

This is like fire works...very well composed smile
Ginnie Hart: I like the image of fireworks, Aksel! Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 25 Sep 2008, 21:50
Good luck for your new job, Ginnie ! Nice photo, too ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Carsten. So far so good. I had no idea there was so much to learn about coffee. It's a universal language. smile
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2008, 00:59
Cheers (raising an iced chai) on your new job.

I like what you've done with this image. It's very bright and cheery.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Red Pen. That chai is something else, isn't it! smile I can tell you that I sure am learning a lot about coffee and tea!!!
I will miss your daily posts. Maybe you can schedule once a week a whole series so we still have a photo every day
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say this, Chantal, but as a rule, I do not like to post a photo if But thank you anyway. I'm not around to look at everyone else's. That's why I'm posting only once a week, so that I can spend my time on work and other things now.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2008, 12:33
I spend all my time avoiding work, so good luck Ginnie. mal
Ginnie Hart: HA! I bet you're not really telling the truth, Mal! smile
  • Albert
  • Spain
  • 26 Sep 2008, 22:28
I hope you're doing all right in your new job. It's always hard and a lttle frightening to start new things. Good night, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's been very fun and informative, Albert, learning all about coffee and all the different drinks made by Starbucks. HA! Soon I'll be having to remember all the formulas as I make them for customers. STARTING THIS WEEK! YIKES.
  • zohre
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 26 Sep 2008, 23:00
All the best with your new job Ginnie.Good luck.
Great shot.smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Zohre. So far so good. smile
Wonderful shot Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Astrid
  • United States NEW YORK
  • 28 Sep 2008, 00:39
Starbucks just serves delicious koffie, it was nice to be in there a couple of times.
NY is a great place to be, I love your country, I hope to be back many times from now on.........
Ginnie Hart: Well, you got to see it with your own eyes, Astrid, and right now that's all that matters. Thank you for visiting what I'm all about these days! smile
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 28 Sep 2008, 02:48
Skiiny Flat White - 1 sugar thanks.... do you do home delivery??
Ginnie Hart: No home delivery, Brian, but I do have the "skinny" part down by now. smile Thanks.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 28 Sep 2008, 05:32
Gorgeous photo!

And good luck on returning to the work force. Having just retire a 3 months ago it's a bit hard to imagine joining the workforce again, but I might re-think that if I was offered a job at Starbucks! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's the only good thing about it, Martie, that it's Starbucks...and only part-time...enough hours to pay for health insurance after 90 days, before Medicare kicks in 1.5 years from now!
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2008, 10:22
Mine's a white chocolate mocha, extra hot please. Most of those nouveau coffee places serve their drinks luke warm, presumably for fear of being sued for scalding tender mouths. Good luck on your new venture, Ginnie; with picky customers like me, it won't be easy.

As for the picture, what a great subject. I used to see these all the time in Spain and the Balearic islands so it takes me back to a time when I had a job and could go there.

To be a little picky again, though, is it me or is it a little over sharpened?
Ginnie Hart: Did you know that "extra hot" for Starbucks is 170-degrees instead of 160-degrees, Colin??? That's hot. Hopefully it won't take long to get the typical formulas down pat before I start working with those who then customize them! I'm guessing the over-sharpened look is the 2 different filters I used, but I can't remember now what they were. HA!
Beautiful image. We reap the benefits of our coworker's daughter working at a Starbucks. Free coffee samples. mmmmm
Ginnie Hart: Good for you, Jennie. I have a feeling I'm gonna reap lots of benefits myself. smile How fun.
All my GOOD LUCK wishes!!! wink
wow, thats a tuff decision... back to work... I must think that you could do so many fantastic stuffs, when having more free-time (Like travelling or photography) ?

Does this (job) also mean: ....That you Are staying in Atlanta always,and not coming (back) to Holland anymore??? I just wonder what the reasons if this decision are, not tht you have to explain me, but I am intersted in YOU, as a person. Anyhow my friend, whatever your reasons are, You get my GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Greetings from: JoAnn's D Eyes Holland.

Watch my SUNSET on the boat here:
Ginnie Hart: I will send you an e-mail, JoAnn, to catch you up. A lot is going on, yes. But it's all happening for a purpose, I know! Thanks for writing.
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 29 Sep 2008, 00:55
Wish you all the best with your new job! Great colours give a great job! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cliff, for stopping by and commenting!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 29 Sep 2008, 11:26
I don't know if it's the picture, or or the expression "turning my new leaf today", but I could feel enthusiasm through them...but then again that must be the story of your days: an enthusiastic on the ride carroussel of time. Wish tou the best on this new adventure!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 30 Sep 2008, 04:04
Lovely palm tree, Ginnie.
have a wonderful time at Starbucks. I'm sure you are. I miss working in a customer service environment. You get to know you customers very well - and they become like friends.

Enjoy. smile
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Kay! You get to know them by name! I'm really loving it, even though we can get really hectic at times...totally swamped!

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