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Wiscky

 

We saw several carousels while on vacation in France.

This one is in Limoges, closed on the Sunday we were there.

Wiscky

 

We saw several carousels while on vacation in France.

This one is in Limoges, closed on the Sunday we were there.

comments (45)

  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Aug 2010, 00:17
What a shame it was closed but on the plus side you didn't have to dodge the people to get a photo smile
Ginnie Hart: The place was so empty, Cherie, we nearly felt "left behind." grin Not that we were complaining, mind you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Aug 2010, 02:06
Delightful horsey.

You have presented it beautifully, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. She lookied so eager to take me for a ride! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Aug 2010, 05:19
Life is a carousel.....or a roller coaster....I love it.
This is a beautiful picture it was too bad it was closed, it would have been wonderful to see it going around and hear the music.
TGIF......smile
Ginnie Hart: 'Round and 'round, up and down, back-n-forth. Whatever! grin When you think of it, we saw many carousels, most of which were not running....
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2010, 06:57
Dodgy spelling, wouldn't you think. Or is it like the americans who can't spell whiskey and the write bourbon? smile
Have a long slow wiscky this weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know, Louis. I had to look at it more than once to make sure. smile You have a great weekend, too!
He looks as though he's had a few Wisckys!
Ginnie Hart: He does indeed look a bit chipper for a closed Sunday, Bill. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Aug 2010, 07:22
This horse is looking at us quizzically Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I think he's had one too many, Chris. smile
I miss some light color, I think that would have made it better and more nostalgic
Ginnie Hart: You may be right, Chantal. Thanks.
What a wonderful expression on that horse. He looks as if he is ready to leap right off that carousel (round-about in English English) and go for a canter. Lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Sheila. I think he really wants to live up to his name. grin Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Aug 2010, 08:17
Oh, I like carousels- sweet childhood dreams- but my horse would be named White Beauty or Hatatitla or King Artus or... (not Wiscky)- imagine the music to this carousel or I like, sorry, to cite again one of my favourite poems by Rainer Maria Rilke:

The Merry-Go-Round -
Luxembourg Gardens

With a roof and its shadows dark turns
for a small moment the assembly
of colorful horses, all from that land
that hesitates long before it descends.
True, many are harnessed to the wagon,
yet still they all have courage in their faces;
a fierce, angry lion is one among them
and then and again a pure white elephant.

An elk is there, just like in the woods,
but now he wears a saddle on his back
and in it is tied a little girl in blue.

And on the lion rides dressed in white a boy
and a small, passionate hand himself does hold
while the lion roars and shows his tongue and teeth.

And then and again a pure white elephant.

And on the horses around again they come,
the girls, bright, all but grown too big
for such prancing; in the middle of the swing,
out they look, to somewhere, over there—

And then and again a pure white elephant.

And it goes on and hurries to its end,
and circles about itself and has no goal.
A red, a green, a gray is sent along,
an outline small and hardly yet begun—
And sometimes a laughing face will turn again,
a blessing, that dazzles and just as quickly fades,
in this blind, breathless play . . .

(all tr. Cliff Crego)
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, what a fabulous poem by none other than Rainer Maria Rilke! It's WONDERFUL, Philine. It brings back memories of the first year we took grandson Nicholas to the local fair, at age 2. He was scared to death by almost everything he saw but did eventually like the carousel horse. Side by side we went 'round and 'round till all our tickets were used up. He never wanted to get off...and neither did I. smile
Lovely image, beautifully presented. How did you manage to get a wooden horse to give you his full attention? I think you have special powers, Ginnie! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! If only, Roz. But I must admit he got my attentention just by looking! smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Aug 2010, 09:13
He really liked having you take his picture Ginnie smile Lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Now that I have seen it over and over again, Scarlet, I would definitely agree with you. grin Thanks.
Wiscky looks frisky.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, too, Chad. grin
Aren't they nice Ginnie ! And once again, your vintage PP fits so well here. A lovely mood of nostalghia.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Flo. It did seem appropriate. Merci.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Aug 2010, 09:52
These carousels always feel a touch ominous to me Ginnie, the sight of all these grinning horses going up and down, well seen.
Ginnie Hart: No wonder kids can be frightened of them, Les. But I must say my grandson and I rode one 'round and 'round forever till we used up all our tickets back when he was 2. He's now 10 and has passed way beyond the carousel, sadly. smile Thanks.
Well the horse certainly looks pleased to see you....nice capture. smile
Ginnie Hart: He knew I couldn't get inside to ride him, Kunle, that's why. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 6 Aug 2010, 10:42
Great expression on the horse face
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Vintage. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 6 Aug 2010, 11:36
magnifique ce manege d'antan !
Ginnie Hart: He sure was fun to see, Rem. Merci.
You took this one through a window Ginnie?? Highly interesting reflections I see.
Ginnie Hart: There was a glass "cage" all around this carousel, Marion, closed up for the day. I would have loved to go inside just to sit on him for awhile. That would have been nice. smile
Wiscky looks so full of himself and eager to take someone for a ride. These carousels are beautiful, you have made it look even more so.smile
Ginnie Hart: I think some animals were made to be happy for us, Linda...or so they lead us to believe. Our happiness is their command. I love it. Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 6 Aug 2010, 12:40
awwww this is soooo pretty, Ginnie, you are really getting some amazing subject matter and combine it with your great processing, and this is heavenly!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Elaine. Thank you for making my day. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 6 Aug 2010, 14:02
I had a budgie called Whiskey when I was little. Figure that out ;-) Beautiful carousel Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. How sweet, Frida. Don't we just love these tidbits. Thanks.
I expect the little ones can't wait to get on him he has such a sweet face. Lovely shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Janet. I'm sure you're right. Thanks.
That's definitely a drunken horse!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it. Thanks, Tom.
I remember how many laps I did when I was a child!!!!
the horse, my favorite
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA, Fabrizio. I love it. Grazie.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 6 Aug 2010, 14:59
cool idea for capturin' it
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, TM. He was begging me! smile
It looks as though it is behind glass Ginnie, but a fine carousel by the look of it.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Brian. There were glass panels in front of the entire carousel. Too bad. I would have sat upon this horsie. smile
Wiscky looks like a he has been drinking whisky and is little wacky.
Ginnie Hart: Getting set for the weekend, Michael. grin
Hello,
A beautiful realization and reflection, beautiful composition, well with you Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland.
Nice shot of this carousel
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Calusarus.
  • rian
  • Fullerton, United States
  • 6 Aug 2010, 21:00
nice to see they named those horses.. grin nicely captured! smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Rian. Thanks. smile
A lovely picture Ginnie....I love the 'cute' look on the horse's face...so lovely...beautiful tones!
Ginnie Hart: He's a real charmer, Pavan, begging us to take him for a ride. smile Thanks.
haha the carousel horse can't even spell whiskey right!
i like that you chose to go with b&w on this one. it reminds me a bit of an old memory-- one of those delightful moments that you remember without trying to.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it. Winnie-the-Pooh said he was a good speller, even if he couldn't always get the letters in the right place. smile Thanks for your lovely comment.
I remember my childhood memories. Lovely detail. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Those memories are almost always fun, Valérie. smile Merci.
  • Amir
  • Iran
  • 7 Aug 2010, 09:18
Hi. it is really lovely. it looks speaking to us
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Amir. If not speaking, surely laughing at us. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2010, 09:19
Magical!! A childhood dream!! The reflections make it all that more dream-like.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't become this Child till an adult, Marcie, but am making up for lost time. smile Thanks.
looks a bit aged!
Ginnie Hart: Like the rest of Europe, Heather. smile Thanks.
The French and the English language...
Ginnie Hart: Never the twain shall meet? smile Bedankt, Wim.
Preciosa como siempre, y esos tonos que me encantan.

Un abrazo Ginnie!!
Ginnie Hart: It's good to see you again, MA. Gracias. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 8 Aug 2010, 03:34
Feels like a memory, Ginnie. I really like this.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sherri. I didn't grow up with this memory but am making up for lost time now. smile
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 8 Aug 2010, 05:21
Interesting finish Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Finish as in race, Brian, or finish as in texture? grin Thanks.
I always thought that "Sunday is closed" was a specificity of England!
Lovely capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I guess England doesn't stand alone, Richard. smile Merci.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Aug 2010, 13:07
lovely tones in this shot. (Tomorrow my Majorcan Mill is scheduled)
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Petra. I'll be sure to see your Majorcan mill morgen. Trust me! smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 8 Aug 2010, 15:39
That horse appears to be looking straight at you Ginnie, with a somewhat quizzical expression. Beautifully caught!
Ginnie Hart: I think he was trying to help me figure out how to get inside through the glass panels! Thanks, George.
  • Paule
  • New York
  • 9 Aug 2010, 06:58
Looks like a post card. Very nice photograph.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Paule.
Wow, it is amazing the details in these old carousels.
Ginnie Hart: I love carousels, Mark. In the end, they all seem to have the same kind of details, no matter what country. I like that. smile

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