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Did you know I also 'collect' water towers here in The Netherlands, like I do windmills and weathervanes!


This one in IJmuiden, Netherlands, is now an apartment building.




Did you know I also 'collect' water towers here in The Netherlands, like I do windmills and weathervanes!


This one in IJmuiden, Netherlands, is now an apartment building.


comments (60)

  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 22 Sep 2010, 00:32
that's one trendy apartment building!
Ginnie Hart: It would sure seem different to live there, Leanne!
you must have a big sitting room
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Dereck, and with lots of time on your hands. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Sep 2010, 02:10
Wonderful! I suppose the Penthouse has a really big Jacuzzi...
Ginnie Hart: ...and with plenty of time to enjoy it, Ray! grin
wonderful in vertical depth, very pleasent vieux
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabtizio. Grazie.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 22 Sep 2010, 05:44
Just a superb shot Ginnie....i also loved some of the comments and i wish that i could have used at least a few of them first.....que sera sera.....petergrin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. That's sweet of you. smile
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 22 Sep 2010, 05:50
Impressive architecture... you must have a nice collection !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Sidney...and the collection is growing. Every water tower is different, which makes looking for them so fun. Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2010, 06:08
Reminds me of a massive church in Ealing, London that has had the insides converted to flats. I wonder like Ray, who got the penthouse smile
Ginnie Hart: One day I'd like to see the inside of one of these, SAVO. Several of them all over The Netherlands have been made into apartment or office buildings.
Una toma preciosa con un bonito tratamiento. te ha quedado genial.

Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2010, 07:07
just gorgeous, you're much better with textures than I am!!
Ginnie Hart: Woman! I would never say that! Just different! smile But thanks anyway. smile
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2010, 07:10
Beautiful building to live in Ginnie they would snap these apartments up quickly.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Scotia. I'd love to see one some day. smile Thanks.
Fancy having a scuba diving tank in your bathroomsmile
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Nigel. Thanks for the morning smile. grin
If you need a water tower then this is how to build one!
Ginnie Hart: You'd be surprised how many styles there are all over The Netherlands, Bill. That's why we always check them out wherever we go.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 22 Sep 2010, 07:31
in france, the water towers are very diferents.

Nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I know, Oscar. We saw about 3 or 4 basic styles and that was it. Here in The Nertherlands every one you see is different! Gracias.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Sep 2010, 07:34
Just iumagine living in THAT Ginnie: you'd get a good view from the top alright!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris. Each renter could have an entire floor to him/herself! smile
  • Fokkio
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2010, 07:37
I'd like to see the appartments in there. Yheu must be very big.
Nice processing you did here, it looks very old.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Fokkio. One day I will try to enter one...maybe one that has been converted into an office building. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2010, 08:08
an impressive water tower -yes, there are so many different ones, in our country too, now used as apartments...I had preferred to see the photo as unprocessed shot, but I respect you wanted to give it and the trees a some morbid looking!
Ginnie Hart: I have been amazed at all the different architectural styles of water towers here in The Netherlands, Philine. When we were driving around France in July, we noticed about 3 distinct styles that kept popping iup everywhere....and ones that could NOT be turned into apartment/office buildings. So these here (and in Germany) are wonderfully unique.

Thanks for voicing your druthers on my processing. I know I don't always please all the people all the time. (sigh)
what a strange old tower!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Jojo. And everyone you see here is different...not like in France or America, for that matter.
nice textures and look!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Joshi, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 22 Sep 2010, 08:38
Superb photo with a excellent traitment. Very good work Ginnie. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
This is magnificent Ginnie. What a fine building and bvery well presented.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Now I'm trying to remember what YOUR water towers look like. Astrid said they're like ours in America.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2010, 08:53
I would not mind living in this water-tower on the top floor, what a view we would have.
Great shadows and we would always know what time it is.
Great treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Knowing what time it is seems to be important everywhere we go, MLMA. As long as the clock doesn't strike the hour all day long, I would love living there. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
This is a very nice water tower indeed. You've done it justice. I surprised me that water towers can be such masterpieces, even here in England.
Ginnie Hart: It has indeed been an education for me, Shiela. I never expected to find something so interesting. Nothing like this in America! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Sep 2010, 09:24
And you also collect tower clocks. The Netherlands is like being in 7th heaven for you smile Except for the other more obvious reasons.

Gracias to a frenchman? Reminds me of Mr Bean in Mr Bean's Holiday. He kept on saying 'gracias' to all french people.

I like the texture and conversion here. Excellent.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Louis, and don't forget cranes. smile Yes, indeed, The Netherlands is 7th heaven for me on all fronts. I could die and go to heaven any day by what I see. smile

Gracias to a frenchman? Well, sometimes you have to pat attention because if you click on that so-called frenchman, you will see that he speaks and writes Spanish. So, when in Rome...HA!

  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 22 Sep 2010, 09:50
What a novel use for it. I have seen one here turned into a house, it was the common round type.
Ginnie Hart: Almost every day/week I see something here that amazes me, Aussie. I try to keep my eyes open!! smile
Really clever to convert them, not much light goes in by the look of it, lovely tones and texture Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: The same is with windmills, Linda, now that you mention it...not a lot of inside light. That would be an issue for me. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 22 Sep 2010, 13:20
Great photo I wonder how old it is
Ginnie Hart: Now that you ask, Vintage...it was built in 1915 and is 63 meters high:

Thanks for asking!
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2010, 13:36
I'm thinking this one may be my new favorite, I really like this image. Quite an artistic water tower.

My PC crashed and now installing programs onto my new one. I only wish I had backed up my photos more often. Lessons learned the hard way. LOL
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Rob. Thank you. But I hate it for you that your PC crashed. UGH. Will they ever figure out how to make that NOT happen???
  • mariana
  • Canada
  • 22 Sep 2010, 14:16
VEry nice image . Great compo and tonality !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mariana.
You must have a giant house then to collect all this ! wink Great tones, deep & beautifully lighted blue-browns.
Ginnie Hart: It's as big as my external hard drive, Karine, which is the blessing of it! smile Thanks.
  • Miles
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2010, 15:56
Great PoV and processing on this beautiful old tower, I remember seeing a similar structure in Bedworth, England.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Miles, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 22 Sep 2010, 17:11
Wow you must have a big house lol! Love the sort of scary atmosphere of this shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Our house is as big as our external hard drives, Andy. smile Thanks.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 22 Sep 2010, 17:23
Great shot, Ginnie...
Love the composition and angle..
But you will have to tell me what a water tower is?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sunder. A water tower in cities everywhere is usually a reserve tank in case of an emergency...full of water. Hopefully it never has to be used!
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2010, 17:56
What a grand and stylish water tower, love the processing,
my shot today was at the end of the Hudson heading out to sea, but your right it is big and hence lots of space for the plane to land, but that was my first though at the time of day that it crash landed there how did the pilot avoid the water taxis
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JJ. And I totally agree about that crash landing...what a miracle.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 22 Sep 2010, 18:14
Imposing and dramatic, a great image.

Wouldn't it be nice to live in one, the views would be magnificent!
Ginnie Hart: Architecture is one of my favorite themes, George, and this is why! I can just imagine living in one of these...having an entire floor to myself. smile Thanks.
Great shot Ginnie, you are a real collector it seems. We have loads of them in the U.K., this is one of the most well know http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/27/water-tower-transformed-into-house-in-the-clouds/
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Brian. I had no idea you had them there, too, in these different styles. When in France, we kept seeing the same 2 oe 3 kinds over and over again, similar to what we have in the States. Thanks for the link!
  • Nadiuska
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2010, 18:34
I'm back!!

Nice one, Ginnie..very nice to live in too!
Ginnie Hart: YAY. She's back. Good to see you again, Nadiuska. Have you ever lived in one of these? You sound familiar with the idea. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2010, 19:33
What a beautiful ornate water tower. Have never seen anything quite like this. Great to see all of your collections!
Ginnie Hart: I have never seen water towers like this in the States...or anywhere else, Marcie. You can see why I've fallen in love with them. Thanks.
And you've got a clock tower - two for the price of one smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tom. I'm so lucky. grin Thanks.
Incredible water towers, I thought it was a belfry. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Bats in the belfry, Valérie? grin Thanks. Merci.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2010, 21:04
Gosh that is fascinating smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Cherie, I know! I love finding them all around when we're out-n-about. Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2010, 21:42
Your appartment must be overflowing Ginnie smile. Are they fantastic, I believe there is a book on them.
Ginnie Hart: If there's a book, Scarlet, I will have to add that to my book collection. It would be well-worth having. I already have one on the windmills! Thanks for the idea.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2010, 22:35
You have an evergrowing list of collectibles I see smile

Let me work on my own list smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Maria. I try not to miss anything. smile Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 23 Sep 2010, 03:28
Definitely wasn't expecting a water tower. So much prettier than our huge obstructions. I like your distressed processing for this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sherri. If you have to have one, might as well make it very appealing to the eyes! smile
You are an artist. That is such a cool shot and the processing is top of the class.
Ginnie Hart: You are always so gracious, Michael. Thank you kindly.
A apartment building, as it must be nice to open her window in the morning! What landscape so high! Another superb composition and tones that you hold dear! somehow your signature! Nice day to you Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mathilde. Merci.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2010, 07:02
I LOVE the watertowers in Europe - they are so, classy? Fantastic photo!
Ginnie Hart: Classy is the perfect word for these towers, Martie. THANK YOU.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 23 Sep 2010, 12:08
what the cool buildin'..i liek ure farmin' here..nice one grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, TM. I love finding the water towers here in The Netherlands! smile
  • crash
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2010, 12:45
very cool water tower! we have one equally as spooky!
Ginnie Hart: You do, Dennis? Where?? In the States? I would love to see it because I didn't think we had them like this there. They have been such an amazement to me here in The Netherlands.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2010, 16:35
I like the image. It looks like there is a house on top of the tower.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Kanyi. Now the whole thing is a house! Thanks.
  • Mark Johnson
  • United States (rural Colorado)
  • 23 Sep 2010, 19:30
gorgeous picture - apartment building! What a unique place to live.
Ginnie Hart: These are so fun to see, Mark. Sometimes they're converted into office buildings. I love finding them. We have maps with icons showing where they are.
how cool! I used to collect light houses, but stopped after some time. I guess I figured one day I'd go around and photograph them! smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Heather. Sometimes that's the only solution. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2010, 22:22
with how you mentioned 'collectible' and my initial gaze, i just thought of a 'chess piece' when i saw this.. grin wonderful catch.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Now why didn't I think of that, Rian! Astrid and I have a chess game going at all times and I never once thought of Mr. Rook or Mr. Pawn! Thanks for the smile. smile
I like water towers too, but have never seen ons so photogenic.

Thing is, I'm itching to know what the real colours of this building are. It feels as if it should be red stone, but I can't tell.
Ginnie Hart: There are so many different architectural styles all over The Netherlands, Ellie, we try to see everyone we can. This one is more of an HDR look of the real thing, which you can see at the bottom of this post here:
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2010, 23:47
a beautiful structure indeed!
Ginnie Hart: I love them, Liang, and always try to find them wherever we go. Thanks.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 24 Sep 2010, 10:55
I like this tower! What an interesting architecture, massive form and character!
Your treatment is phantastic, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Grapf. Thank you.
  • Peter
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2010, 21:13
Wonderbaarlijke gomdruk kwaliteit in het digitijdperk
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Peter, for stopping by and commenting. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 26 Sep 2010, 00:00
That is one beautiful water-tower. Imagine living there and have a bad memory. You always remember when going out that you left your keys upstairs ;-)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Let's hope they have a lift, Frida. smile Thank you so much.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 26 Sep 2010, 05:51
Another photo that reminds of old time postcards. Great shot.

Ginnie Hart: Thak you, Paule. I love structures like this!
Wonderful, I want to have an house like this one !!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wouldn't that be fun!!! smile
I just love the colour treatment you apply on your photos! Just amazing!
Ginnie Hart: You're a real sweetheart, Charles. Thank you kindly!

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