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Big Red


Besides the August 1 wedding of my niece in Michigan,
at the beginning of June I drove 850+ miles north of Atlanta to Holland, Michigan,
on the east coast of Lake Michigan, where 3 of my 7 siblings live.

Yes, there is a Holland, Michigan...a veritable Dutch community!

In the Holland State Park is this wonderful lighthouse called the Big Red
.
(And no, it does not sit straight/plumb on the land.  Astrid was with me and can vouch for this!)

Big Red


Besides the August 1 wedding of my niece in Michigan,
at the beginning of June I drove 850+ miles north of Atlanta to Holland, Michigan,
on the east coast of Lake Michigan, where 3 of my 7 siblings live.

Yes, there is a Holland, Michigan...a veritable Dutch community!

In the Holland State Park is this wonderful lighthouse called the Big Red
.
(And no, it does not sit straight/plumb on the land.  Astrid was with me and can vouch for this!)

comments (48)

  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 17 Aug 2009, 00:12
Love this shot Musketeer!! Ho;;and in Michigan who would have thought!!smile
OMG just look at the time!!
Ginnie Hart: The entire area around this part of the state is full of Dutch emigrants, Tracy. My sister-in-law was in her mommy's belly when they took the boat over to America after WWII. Growing up, however, I didn't know much about it at all. Now is when I've "discovered" it through my siblings. So, see, the Netherlands really HAS been in my system for a long time! Pretty fitting, right?! smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2009, 00:34
Lurking in the bushes smile. Love the presentation here.
Ginnie Hart: There are lovely little sand dunes around this park, SAVO, so it was easy to come upon the lighthouse as though by lurking! YES! smile Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2009, 00:36
So Astrid went to Holland in America!

Lovely shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: To add a bit more amazement, Chris, she had already visited Holland, Michigan, almost 30 years ago when she played on her Dutch national women's softball team...long before I ever knew her. Talk about how Time circles around to bring our paths together! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 17 Aug 2009, 00:49
I like the way you have composed this wonderful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage.
Really nice image, Ginnie... although I am troubled by the idea of a crooked lighthouse... smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! As long as the light shines brightly, I'm guessing all the sailors won't care! smile It's just we photographers who notice, right?!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 17 Aug 2009, 01:34
how sweet, it looks like a fake world made perfect in minature! thanks for listening to the song lol
Ginnie Hart: I actually have a very nice miniature of this lighthouse, Elaine, from years ago. I am taking it with me. smile Thanks.
It's beautiful, Ginnie. I am a huge lighthouse fan. I love this one's architecture and color.
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Kay, loving to "collect" them whenever possible. I have a model of this one and will keep it as a precious memory of my state and "my" new country!
  • alex
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 02:07
seriously, Ginnie, it's like you're a spy with this photo. Don't worry, the person on the front steps probably didn't see you. wink
Ginnie Hart: I never even saw that person, Alex, till you mentioned it! Man! The things we DON'T see!
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 02:53
Hi Ginnie, Great shot ... great color.
Ginnie Hart: Good to see you again, Helen! Thanks for stopping by.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Aug 2009, 03:27
A very unusual lighthouse.

I an not fussed about tilting buildings...anything I ever made managed to have a list in one direction or another.

You seem to travel big miles in USA, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: To have driven twice to Michigan from Georgia within 2 months is craziness, Ray, but a lot cheaper than flying! I didn't know I was going to the August 1 wedding until I made the June trip, so that's part of the mystery. But because of my Honda Civic Hybrid, I made off like a bandit on mileage and was a happy camper. One tank went 510 miles on 12.5 gallons of gas, so call this a commercial! grin And about those tilting buildings, I saw them all the time in Amsterdam and loved them, especially when they stood side-by-side with the straight ones!
Well that's something new I have learned. and to think Astrid had been here before too
Ginnie Hart: I know, Bill! The things we ponder in our hearts. smile
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 17 Aug 2009, 04:42
Excellent shot, Ginnie... this one goes directly to my favorites! smile
Ginnie Hart: You humble me, Julian. Thank you kindly!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Aug 2009, 05:38
smile This brings back many happy memories, it was a great trip and I thank your brother Jim for showing us around.
I loved the beach and the lighthouses, the big boats with all the fishermen.
The Big Red is tilted, which is the big charm of it.
Being back in Holland was great.
You did a great job capturing it like this, I still can see you walking up on that sand-dune....
KSK for this wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: We had so much fun seeing this place, didn't we! I'm so glad I have the small model of it which we will keep forever. It is kinda like an omen...and highly symbolic of how both our worlds have become one! smile Bedankt, MLMA!
I had to look for a few minutes before I decided I liked this. The blurry grass was a distractionat first but the longer I looked I became convinced that the grass really helps.
Ginnie Hart: That blurry grass, especially on the left, still distracts me, Michael, but I couldn't delete it...or go back to take another better shot. I'm glad it grew on you! Thanks.
superbe prise. j'adore
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear O-P. Merci.
The in the shot seems to make it work even more Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure which word you missed, Nigel, but if you meant the grass, I'm glad. Thank you kindly. smile
You do live an exhausting life, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm a wanderer at heart, Chad. I think it may exhaust others to watch it but it's very soulful for me. grin Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Aug 2009, 07:53
Practicing your spy moves Ginnie smile, love the perspective
Ginnie Hart: Now that you say it, Tony, YES. grin Thanks.
Holland in Michigan. If the flag wouldn't be there you wouldn't believe it. Nice shot. Do you have also dunes?
Ginnie Hart: I know, Romain. The flag is a dead give-away. And yes, we have lots of sand dunes along Lake Michigan! I love them.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Aug 2009, 08:37
So why is it called "Big Red", Ginnie? smile I like the impression of the furtive peep through the undergrowth as though we;ve spying on something.
Ginnie Hart: HA! DUH. It really is a big deal to the Hollanders who live there. They're very proud of it, as they should be. It was fun to sneak up on it, for sure. smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 17 Aug 2009, 09:19
Ginnie, excellent mood and good symbiose with the fore- and background
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Danke.
beautiful colours for a nice shot !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Jean-Luc, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me.
You captured very nicely this part of Holland through the bush Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir, and welcome back to the land of the living! smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 17 Aug 2009, 12:55
I've never seen a red lighthouse till now. Very nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if they ever contemplated it in ORANGE, to make the connection even stronger?! grin Thanks, Mary.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 13:30
What a beautiful scene. Love the color..the balance..and how you've seen and captured this thru the tall grass.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thank you, Marcie. This is such a fun place. I'm sure I'll go back again one day. smile
Superb shot Ginnie, love ur composition and framming.

Am going to have to press you one day for ur trade secret on colour tones. Big fan I am smile
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Fotografa, I did not do my usual thing with this photo! smile I did do a fake HDR and then desaturated it a bit. In the original version, it seemed a bit too washed out. You do humble me with your words, however. Thank you kindly.
Great view of the lighthouse through the grass Ginnie, and that boat was very obliging to place itself there. lol
Ginnie Hart: HA about that boat, Janet. I had another image where it was just starting to be in view to the left of the lighthouse, and I couldn't use it because of it. This ended up being the best of all the options...because of that boat. smile Glad you noticed. Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 17 Aug 2009, 14:25
Exquisite composition Ginnie. You have struck gold here.
Ginnie Hart: Thomas, bless you. I'm still grieving over the too-early loss of your mother. I lost my mother in 1997, but she was 80. 65 is way too young (just a year older than me). Please know of my caring thoughts for you and your family right now!
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 14:31
This looks so picture perfect, Ginnie, for a moment I thought it was a continuation of your miniature series, heh...
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. It could have been, Mia! What a nice thought. Thank you.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 17 Aug 2009, 16:27
Wow incredible landscape photo! Love it!!
Ginnie Hart: It's a fun place to be, Andy. Thanks a million!
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 16:31
I cannot explain how much I like this shot . These tones are simply gorgeous !
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Mariana. It's really a delightful place in real life. smile Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 18:35
WE knew you'd have an inner GPS in you that would find every single lighthouse in the continental US, right grin

Every time I see a lighthouse, I think, What would Ginnie do?

Have a great week.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that Maria...my inner GPS. I guess we all have it for something, right? smile And LOL at "what would Ginnie do!!" You sure brought a smile to my face. Thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 Aug 2009, 18:42
I have never seen such a beautiful light house before smile I love it. I also like how the grass stands in front of the subject.
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely the most unique lighthouse I've ever seen, Frida. Thank you.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 17 Aug 2009, 19:15
Hi

Very nice framing and colors indeed!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by again, Kiji!
I'm so late on today Ginnie there isn't much left to say that others haven't already said. This is a great building from an interesting point of view and really fits in well with the theme of your life at the moment.
Ginnie Hart: It is indeed worth pondering how all these things come around full circle, Brian. Thank you kindly!
What a lovely story Ginnie. What goes around..comes around.. A small world. Nice one of the Big Red.
Ginnie Hart: I can't agree with you more, Ron. When you live long enough, you find out how many times Life comes around full circle. It's quite awesome! smile Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2009, 22:37
It must have made your day to see a lighthouse smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie, it did. Totally. smile Thanks.
Another terrific lighthouse!! Cheers, HC
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, HC.
The grass is a bit distracting to me... it rises too high
Ginnie Hart: This is when we'd say "Get over it," Chantal...in a true play on words! smile
Love this. Feels like am trespassing, hiding behind the grass like this. And the man who looks like he's watching out really adds to it. Great composition.
Ginnie Hart: It's good that this is public, Tosin, and not private property! grin It was a delightful place. Thank you kindly.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 18 Aug 2009, 12:59
i really would like to go on a road trip someday, it's nice to explore places like these.. beautiful shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: Traveling is so much fun, Rian, especially if it's in your blood, as it is mine. smile Thanks.
Wonderful colours and the boats and the person are a nice bonus - I like picture like this without the sky being all red/yellow from sunset...if you know what I mean smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I know what you mean, Aksel. I'm almost never outside (of late) during sunrise/sunset, so I get what I get. Thanks for your encouragement.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 18 Aug 2009, 23:33
jolie composition, derrière ces hautes herbes.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie. It was a nice surprise to climb the sand dune and find this view! smile
Holland Michigan, first I've heard of it. What a stunning capture of this unique looking lighthouse. I'm always amazed with your travels Ginnie, both here and abroad. You seem to never sit still for to long.
Ginnie Hart: Truth be known, John, I have a lot of wanderlust in me! I'm hopeless. smile Thanks.
Was it a deliberate attempt to shoot through the tall grass Ginnie - I think it looks great that way.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Thomas, I did that on purpose, but I couldn't go back to tweak it, I'm afraid. I took plenty of other shots NOT through the grass, but I kinda liked this vantage point the best. Thanks.
  • Nathan
  • United States, CA
  • 23 Aug 2009, 23:46
Such a great composition! I really like the grass in the foreground, it really makes the shot special.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Nathan!
classic, beautiful ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kris, for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot.
  • Sylvie
  • France
  • 26 Oct 2009, 07:34
Excellent blog.
Toutes les photos sont superbes !
celle-ci est a retenu particulièrement mon attention.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sylvie. Merci!

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