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Angels We Have Heard on High


An organ topper at the Grote Kerk (Big Church) in Breda, Netherlands.


Angels We Have Heard on High


An organ topper at the Grote Kerk (Big Church) in Breda, Netherlands.


comments (56)

Would make a wonderful Christmas card.
Ginnie Hart: That's a sweet thought, Mary. I'll keep it in mind. Thanks. smile
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 11 Aug 2010, 01:16
You always do such amazing things with sculptures, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're so very gracious, Jennie. Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2010, 03:01
That cupid is very musical.

Great work, again, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I guess you couldn't sit a-top that organ for long without music becoming your whole life. Thanks, Ray.
  • rags
  • 11 Aug 2010, 04:51
This is a very touching and lovely image. I wonder what his music would sound like if he came alive.
Ginnie Hart: He has sat a-top that organ for so long, Kanyi, I bet he sounds like an organ! smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2010, 05:37
This is absolutely fabulous, that whole church was beautiful, so much detail everywhere.
I love the warm colours, a Christmas card indeed.
Ginnie Hart: That organ was something else, wasn't it...from top to bottom, covering the entire end of the church. Thank you, mijn vrouw. smile
  • Aussie
  • rocky
  • 11 Aug 2010, 05:38
Beautiful image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aussie.
I assume this musician is up pretty high. It seems to be gazing at something even higher. It's cheat-sheet of the tune it's supposed to be playing? Or God peering down, saying "Well done, Little Angel!"
Ginnie Hart: If you click on the link and scroll down, you can actually see where he is on the organ, Patrushka. Yes, he's high up. smile I love the little details like this in churches and imagine all kinds of stories for them. They make good photo ops. Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 11 Aug 2010, 06:17
never fails to bring a smile on my face at the sight of one these angels sculptures.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Maria. It does the same to me. smile Thanks.
Always the same elegance in composition! Postprocessing in perfect match. Really beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Mathilde. Merci.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 11 Aug 2010, 06:45
Nice image - what is he/she looking at, I wonders?
Ginnie Hart: I wonder, too, Brian. Maybe he's in rapture and doesn't see anything. Just all ears! smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 11 Aug 2010, 06:52
Superb composition. Great work Ginnie. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, as always, dear Antoine.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 11 Aug 2010, 06:54
sur un petit air de guitare......
Ginnie Hart: I can hear it now, Rem. smile Merci.
I like the resulting colour from your processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel. It kinda "happened" with the textures I used.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Aug 2010, 07:05
Lovely image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
Fantastic, Ginnie! I really like the way you have picked out this detail and turned it into a beautiful `stand alone` image. You have a great eye. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Roz. The more I photograph, the more the details are becoming important to me. It's taking time.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2010, 07:19
A beautiful detail of wooden craftsmanship that may rise up our eyes and hearts (sursum corda) - and I suggest that this putto is not the only one in the orchester of angels giving us a vision/audition of the heavenly music -I see other instruments on the right side. The Grote Kerk in Breda is famous, as I know there are sometimes concerts by Nederland zingt!
Ginnie Hart: This church totally amazed us, Philine, especially because of the organ. You can see more of it here at my other blog:
I'm quite sure the concerts there are to die for! Hartstikke bedankt.
Great detail Ginnie and the treatment suits it perfectly
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Aug 2010, 08:06
Very cherubic Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It did feel that way, indeed, Chris. smile
Well, even though this church is so closeby, I have never been in it...
Ginnie Hart: Astrid hasn't seen most of what we've been seeing together, Chantal, since I arrived. In that regard, I'm glad she waited for me. smile
I like the originality of the composition, you is a genius, well in you, Roland
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roland. smile Merci.
What nice details the folks in the old days made!
Ginnie Hart: They just don't make them like this anymore, Wim, do they!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Aug 2010, 10:05
Ansultely brilliant. Ive been in Rome for the last week after taking a few weeks off work.
Did a lot of sight seeing in the eternal city and thought '' ....Ginnie would capture this ancient city so well smile''
I would put up some of my pictures soon.
Ginnie Hart: You greatly honor me, SAVO. Thank you. I missed you and am eager to see your impressions of Rome. I have been to that incredible city twice and still can't believe it.
That is some organ. I would like to hear that when it's playing. Nicely captured detail Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I would love to hear it, too, Janet. It would fill the church...and probably the whole city! Thank you.
Wonderful capture with great details Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2010, 10:25
how beautiful, i agree would make a great Christmas card!!! i love it, Europe has been very good to you my friend smile
Ginnie Hart: I really like how you have said that, Elaine, about Europe being kind to me. Astrid will like that, too. For some reason, Europe has always felt Home to me! Thank you for those words.
Breda, lived there from my 5th till my 12th birthday. And really close to the Grote Kerk. Lovely city!!

Very nice warm tones here Ginnie, must be an awesome texture you used.
Ginnie Hart: What a heritage for you, Marion! It's a magnificent city. We were thoroughly enthralled. It also has a fabulous water tower, which I "collect" like windmills. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2010, 10:44
What a sweet image you have captured here Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, lieve Scarlet.
Great detail shot Ginnie, but the link shows what a wonderful organ this must be, oh to hear it in full cry.
Ginnie Hart: I would LOVE to hear that magnificent organ, Brian. It would be incredible. Thanks for checking out the link. smile
This is fine work, well taken Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Eternal young angle, with his gaze locked looking at the heavens.
Nice catch! I love it smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ilan. You're very kind. smile
They had time in those days to produce work like this..lets hope we treasure them..Lovely picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ron. Exactly! Welcome back. smile
LOL! I know that water tower, too!!
If you are going to visit Tilburg again, you could stop by th water tower there, also one of the few remaining really old buildings, and it lies at, amazingly, the Bredaseweg, just across the road from the 'Missionary of the holy heart' monastery.
Ginnie Hart: I just Googled for that water tower, Marion, and can't believe we didn't check it out. Man! We would have gone to get a picture of it. One of these days I will make a big collage of all the water towers I've collected thus far...from The Netherlands alone. smile
great title, great shot amazing effect of Bravo!! Have a nice day smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank uyou kindly, Foto'S.
Angel music must be simply beautiful, fabulous Ginnie and I love the treatment smile
Ginnie Hart: One day I expect to hear it, Linda. smile I love the thought. Thanks.
You can almost hear the magical music he's playing, Ginnie. Superbly captured.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Beverly. Thank you!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 11 Aug 2010, 14:05
Such a sweet and touching statue. I have read two of Kathleen McGowan's books about The Magdalene Line series this summer and there are so much references to paintings and statues so I have had to read about them also smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, that sounds wonderful, Frida. I have a feeling I'd be interested in that series. Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 11 Aug 2010, 14:26
Lovely composition, cool texture make this a wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Thomas.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 11 Aug 2010, 16:46
Great capture...
Like the angle and composition and the tones...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sunder.
Ah a rock and Roll Angel, thats what i want when i depart this earth.
Ginnie Hart: I'm very sure you'll get exactly what you want, Mick! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Calusarus. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2010, 18:32
Angel, nice angel, music angel,

Super texture
Ginnie Hart: They love to sing for us, Oscar, if ever we'll listen. smile Thanks.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 11 Aug 2010, 18:53
GENIAL processing . Love it .
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Mariana.
  • rian
  • Fullerton, United States
  • 11 Aug 2010, 19:20
must be a very elaborate organ to have a topper like this.. nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: The organ stretches from floor (almost) to ceiling in a very tall church, Rian. It really is amazing! Thanks.
it seems you have to send everyone on here a christmas card with this image on the front, very nicely done ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The funny thing is that I never thought of it as a Christmas card till someone mentioned it, Derek. smile That's the joy of blogging like this...the ideas from everyone else. Thanks.
Oh, Ginnie, this is beautiful. The tones, the lines... I love it.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Odd. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Aug 2010, 22:32
A great picture.

PS. my father in law does not like the word 'harstikke' according to him it means hard gagging. He could never understand that the speaker could wish it on another person. wouldn't know if it is really true.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Louis.

Anything that has a Hart in it can't be all bad! I try to use that word whenever possible, as though I thought it all up myself, Louis. The thought of gagging over it gives me pause...but I'll just have to put that thought out of my head. grin
I think the angel is deep in concentration and tuning the instrument.
Ginnie Hart: You may be right, Michael. You may be right. smile
interesting closeup with a perfect proportion between elements, very nicely done Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: As always, Fabrizio, grazie.
  • tede
  • France
  • 12 Aug 2010, 10:09
Did he played a serenadesmile) Splendid composition, very beautiful tone. Nice day.
Ginnie Hart: I believe he did, Tede. smile Merci.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 12 Aug 2010, 21:13
wow..perfect thin' and perfect framin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, TM.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Aug 2010, 22:22
good eye, lovely composition and color
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Aug 2010, 22:42
I love the golden colouring and the details.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherie. He was a cutie-pie, for sure.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 12 Aug 2010, 23:09
Strumming away forever and a day.
Ginnie Hart: I hope so, Sherri! Thanks.
  • Paule
  • New York
  • 13 Aug 2010, 07:30
Very nice shot.

Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paule.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 14 Aug 2010, 23:04
I wonder if Keith Richard used to look like this at one time?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Or if he will in the age to come?! grin
Amazing detail; I like the texture you used here.
Ginnie Hart: You've been a sweetheart, Mark, to backtrack to all these images. Thank you kindly. Astrid is sitting on the other side of the table mentioning the same thing. smile

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