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Today is Koninginnedag/Queen's Day in Holland...a national holiday.
Somehow I have never managed to be there for the grand occasion.

(I miss Mijn Liefste.  Sigh)

These sheep graze the royal grounds of Chatsworth House, England.


Royal Subjects


Today is Koninginnedag/Queen's Day in Holland...a national holiday.
Somehow I have never managed to be there for the grand occasion.

(I miss Mijn Liefste.  Sigh)

These sheep graze the royal grounds of Chatsworth House, England.


comments (52)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Apr 2010, 00:10
Enjoy every holiday you get. Nice composition
Ginnie Hart: One day, maybe next year, I will finally be there for THIS holiday, SAVO! I sure hope so. Thanks.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 00:48
A meeting of the minds, Ginnie. If this weren't in England, I'd think it was a meeting of a few members of Congress!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Now we know where they get their curly wigs. grin
What a beautiful shot! Lovely tones and cropping.

I wish you were there for Queen's day, I've heard it is amazing.

Ironically I get the day off tomorrow before I start my new job...
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is off today, of course, and will have a long weekend. Originally I was going to be there...before the volcanic ash had me change my return flight. Oh well. Next year, I hope! Thanks, Jen.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 01:20
Such a cool shot and like how you processed this, being a country boy at heart stuck in and around the city love seeing rural shots like this Alex's comment cracked me up
Ginnie Hart: I love sheep, period, JJ, and hardly ever saw them in the States growing up. Now I see them everywhere in Europe. I'm in heaven. smile Thanks.
really beautiful shot, Ginnie. the tones are incredible!! great composition too. this looks like quite an idyllic setting
Ginnie Hart: We were standing across the river from these sheep on the Chatsworth grounds, Charles. There were hundreds of sheep grazing but this little clique caught my eye. smile Thanks.
This has a nice peaceful feel to it, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Mary. I love sheep!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 02:03
They're so pretty and your image is superb.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri. I do love sheep. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 30 Apr 2010, 03:35
this is sooooo beautiful Ginnie, there's just something about sheep....
Ginnie Hart: I so totally agree with you, Elaine. I LOVE sheep. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Apr 2010, 04:06
Beautiful image, Ginnie.

Interesting to me how the wool and the foreground grasses are of a similar pattern.
Ginnie Hart: I think the sheep have become one with nature, Ray. smile Thanks.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 04:28
If the sheep were the same color as the grasses around them they would be perfectly camouflaged. Nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: I like that thought, Helen. Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • Germany
  • 30 Apr 2010, 05:36
they do have a regal demeanor in their stance.
Ginnie Hart: They know they are special, Marie. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Apr 2010, 06:49
Lieve schat, we make sure there is a next year, Jen is right, it is unique in it's kind.
The moment you saw these sheep, BTW there were about 500 in the field running around, you only had eye for the sheep, by now I am used it and it brings a smile to my face...smile
Great picture, love the framing with the trees.
Ginnie Hart: Next year, for sure, Liefste! Let nothing get in my way...no volcanic ash, no nothing, right?! I love sheep, as you know. In your last image, I do think that's what I was aiming my camera at. Yes, I smile, too. grin Thanks for sharing that moment with me!
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 30 Apr 2010, 06:52
Superb image. Light and colours are very beautiful. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Antoine. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Apr 2010, 07:19
Fine sheep Ginnie: Chad will like these
Ginnie Hart: Nothing quite like fine sheep, Chris! Thanks. smile
  • Tracy
  • Staff Moorlands
  • 30 Apr 2010, 07:22
I see you got the famous headless one too grin Not seen very often you were lucky!!tonguetongue
Great shot Musketeer. Have a good weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. I knew there was something 'famous' about that one sheep, Tracy. grin We had so much fun that day. Thanks, Musketeer, for your part.
powerfull in tones and delicate in atmosphere, perfect mix
Ginnie Hart: I like the way you said that, Fabrizio. Grazie.
I like the color scale, it's almost the same colors everywhere but there is so much detail. Nice
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jan, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 30 Apr 2010, 07:57
I like how they blend in - great survival mechanism
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Brian. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Apr 2010, 08:00
a peaceful and rural picture - oh, these sheep are dressed up very warmly, perhaps they are pregnant? Yes, koninginnedag is belangrijk in Nederland en een groot feestje- Astrid mocht vrij hebben vandaag- ik heb dit ook nog niet beleefd in Enschede of elders, maar de volgende week zullen we naar Nederland willen gaan!
Ginnie Hart: Next year I do hope I don't miss this holiday, Philine! I'll have Astrid tie me down. grin And did you say you will be in Holland next week? If so, where???
I hope you asked the permission of Lord Chadwick before posting this
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, no, not exactly, Bill. I sure hope I haven't aroused his wrath?!
Nice point of view, colors and textures for this peaceful shot Ginnie. Really well done.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Flo. I love sheep! smile
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 30 Apr 2010, 08:57
Est-ce les moutons qui on pris la couleur des champs, ou les champs qui se sont mis au diapason ?

Is it the sheep who have taken the color fields, or fields that have been in tune?

LoLO
Ginnie Hart: The two are one, LoLO, for sure. smile Merci.
A superb table, good catch, well with you.Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland!
Looks like a family group Ginnie. Nice capture
Ginnie Hart: It does indeed, Janet. A nice little clique. smile Thanks.
The texture of the sheep is almost the same as of the clumps of grass!
Indeed a pity that you're not here on Koninginnedag! (the weather is not very good though today)
Ginnie Hart: I loved the scene, Wim, from across the river. And yes, I hate yet again missing this day. I was originally scheduled to be back...before the volcanic ash disaster! Now I hope for next year!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Apr 2010, 10:46
Doing their best to blend in with the landscape ;o) I like the bough over the top in benediction.
Ginnie Hart: I think they have been one with Chatsworth for a long time, Mike, by the looks of it. smile Thanks.
So you got as far as Chatsworth, Ginnie? Sheffield is just up the road - you could have called in!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, as far as Chatsworth, Tom. I still need to get out the map to see exactly where we were! Next time Sheffield, perhaps? smile
Wonderful capture Ginnie. The light is superb!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindluy, Richard.
They will soon be losing those long coats I suspect Ginnie. I hope you enjoyed Chatsworth, it is a lovely place to go.
Ginnie Hart: Loved the place, Brian. I love everything I have seen in England thus far. It reminds me of Holland in that the country is small enough to try to see everything...but still chock full of incredible things!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Apr 2010, 12:11
A beautiful scenery ! Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Very pastoral, Sidney, isn't it! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 13:17
Yes - it's Queen's Day. I've learned so much thru V & V!! And - I love how you've captured her 'subjects'. Beautiful sheep!!!
Ginnie Hart: I really do love sheep, Marcie. grin Thanks. Next year I'll have Astrid tie me down so I can't possible NOT be there!
I don't know how you achieved the wonderful texture here, Ginnie, but I find this image to be outstanding.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Beverly. I really haven't a clue what I ended up doing but the texture was already there...nothing else added. Thanks.
It's a lovely, restful pastoral idyll Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: My dad was a preacher, George, so pastoral scenes have always enthralled me. Thank you.
Wow, that is a gorgeous shot; I love the colors here! It looks like time to do some shearing!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mark, I'm sure it's about that time, if they haven't done it already since we were there! Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 30 Apr 2010, 15:04
wow.. enjoy the holiday! how do i say this.. happy Koninginnedag(?) ;D these are cute, fluffy critters you captured too.. very nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, that's what I would say, Rian, so it's gotta be right. HA! Thanks.
  • Marion
  • Ireland
  • 30 Apr 2010, 16:55
Sheep!! I can't get enough of those funny little bales of wool!! Unless they are in labor in the meadow next to my house and in the middle of the night, with all accompanying noises.

I love the toning in this picture Ginnie!! Very nicely processed. It gives an 'oud-hollands' feeling!!

I saw Koninginnedag via a live stream. THe princes did a lot of koekhappen!! wink
Ginnie Hart: Astrid has shared all the happenings she saw on TV, Marion, so that's been fun, even though I'm on the other side of the Pond. Thanks for your very kind comment, as always. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 30 Apr 2010, 17:39
Splendid image with a tone of great beauty. The framing is superb. Good evening.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tede.
you're always finding that lighting that makes everything glow so great
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say so, Heather. Thank you.
A happy looking bunch Ginnie..and I imagine well looked after..Nice one.
Ginnie Hart: I agree totally, Ron. Thanks. smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 30 Apr 2010, 21:21
jolie scène, j'aime bien le post traitement de cette photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marie. Merci.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Apr 2010, 22:53
The sheep - are planning some kind of a chad attack here?
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure, Louis. There is definitely some kind of confab going on! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Apr 2010, 23:29
Ahh Chatsworth House, a lovely place to visit. I love the lighting in this picture smile
Ginnie Hart: We sure enjoyed the whole place, Cherie. What amazed me most was how open the grounds are for walking around and picnicking. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 30 Apr 2010, 23:54
Wonderful
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
I've been there for that. It was great fun. We bought 'Space Cake' in Vondelspark. The day's a wee bit of a blur... smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! The things we remember, David, right? smile
It's always worth keeping traditions. They make you belong. Good weekend Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Albert! Thank you.
a beautiful and gentle atmosphere. Bien vue Ginnie A+ VAL
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Valérie. Merci.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 1 May 2010, 15:15
Enjoy your holiday Ginnie !! why do i think of how good the meat would taste with all that natural grass they are eating ? Great shot and processing, now to go look for some lamb tongue !!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, lamb is one of my favorite meats in the world, Bandoras, but believe it or not, I hardly ever see it on the menu in Holland. THAT has surprised me, since you see sheep everywhere. Astrid says it's because they're grown for the wool. Hmmm. Interesting.
What great toning.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • oscar
  • France
  • 2 May 2010, 10:16
European politicians full discussion of the crisis
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Oscar! smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2010, 19:38
nice composition with the twig
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Petra. smile
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2010, 22:42
Even though I'm scared of sheep this truly is a lovely shot, I love the tones!
P.s. I'm sure your liefste misses you too. smile
Ginnie Hart: Scared of sheep? OMG, Cherise. Where did THAT come from, I wonder. I think they're so adorable. smile Yes, minj liefste misses me, too. Soon we'll be reunited, thaqnk God.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 4 May 2010, 05:21
LOL! cute title.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Kanyi. smile

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