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More Dutch You Cannot Get

 

A country for all seasons.  That's Holland.

Whenever we are out-n-about and see a scene like this, Astrid immediately says:

"More Dutch you cannot get!"

 

A few minutes from home out in rural Holland on Christmas Day, 2010.

(all our snow is now gone, I'm afraid!)

 


More Dutch You Cannot Get

 

A country for all seasons.  That's Holland.

Whenever we are out-n-about and see a scene like this, Astrid immediately says:

"More Dutch you cannot get!"

 

A few minutes from home out in rural Holland on Christmas Day, 2010.

(all our snow is now gone, I'm afraid!)

 


comments (50)

  • rian
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2011, 01:36
that's quite a charming scene.. smile nicely captured..
Ginnie Hart: More charming you cannot get in the Dutch countryside, Rian. smile Thanks.
Great composition and lighting Ginnie! Wonderful subject matter. Love the contrast of shapes between the bare trees and the adorable houses.
Ginnie Hart: It's fun to see things in the winter, Doug, when the leaves don't obstruct the view. Thank you kindly.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jan 2011, 04:44
.....more Dutch you cannot get and this looks beautiful in all seasons...
I know I sound like a bus-travel-guide.... but it is true.
We will go back in spring when everything is starting to wake up from winter.
Wonderful scene, I never never get tired of it.
I love the texture (is it the same as 'Silent Night'?...well silent and peaceful it sure is) a wonderful picture.
Ginnie Hart: I remember when I made you stop on a dime for this one, MLMA! But it looked so idyllic. No, it isn't the Silent Night texture but a similar one I found. It may even be by the same person? You know me...the scene makes me break out in song. smile Bedankt.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 12 Jan 2011, 06:14
quelle belle lumiere !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. Merci.
Delightful picture Ginnie. They built some "Dutch" style houses in Slough (Where Ange was born and brought up). Why is lost in the mists of time
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill. One just never knows these things...how/why architectural details cross borders and countries. Some you can figure out; others you can't.
Although it's not as snowy as I guess it was, it still looks gorgeous. May be more so.
Ginnie Hart: For this part of middle Holland, VP, this was a lot of snow for us. It was the 6th time in 100 years they had snow here on Christmas day. So this was a sight for sore eyes. Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 12 Jan 2011, 07:38
this is amazing beautiful, Ginnie!!! i wish i lived in that country smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, dear Elaine. You would love it here!
I have not heard of anyone going on a mountaineering trip to Holland.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chad. Just as flat as the sea! smile
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:15
Indeed we're somehow on the same page smile
More Dutch you can't get: canals, willow trees and typical dutch houses.
I like this view a lot. Though of course I'm not saying that only The Netherlands is beautiful. Have a nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I guess it would be even more Dutch if there were a windmill in the background, but then sometimes you can't have everything, right, Fokkio? smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:24
In the middle-age it can't have been much more idyllic... smile Your treatment like an old peinture still amplifies this impression.
Ginnie Hart: You get the feeling it has looked this way forever, Grapf, you're right! Thank you kindly.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:26
This is really Dutch to me, this sight.
Ginnie Hart: When I saw it, Chantal, I immediately knew I needed to take a picture of it. Bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:38
I have never been to Dutchland Ginnie but I would say the same as Astrid
Ginnie Hart: It's becoming an expression out of my mouth as well, Chris! :
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:39
Another refinedly processed picture -"more Dutch you cannot get!" ?? Ik weet niet - want mijn tegenwoordige image van Nederland is meer bepaald door enkele sociale conflicten, b.v. de uitspraken van Wilders, ook heb ik gelezen over de moeilijke situatie van Joodse mensen die nu bang zijn ...- Jij weet dat ik van dit land hou maar ik mag niet mijn oogjes afsluiten... sorry, misschien zijn dit niet de juiste woordjes op een fotoblog vandaag maar in onze Nederlandse lessen komen deze themata en alledaagse problemen steeds ter spraak.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your thoughtful words, Philine. I understand the tension you feel, and wish we could just wipe the slate clean for all our countries/world. Sigh. In the meantime, we see beauty everywhere. The irony. The paradox.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jan 2011, 08:59
You show off this country so well with your Canon-eyes, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ray. Thank you and welcome back!
Great scene with the pollarded trees and the distinctive Dutch roof, I don't miss the snow, it means I can get out and start to catch up on jobs.
Ginnie Hart: You nailed, it, Martin. As for the snow, this was the 6th time they had snow on Christmas day here in middle Holland in 100 years. So, you really wouldn't have to worry much about the snow if you lived here. It's more a spectacle than anything else. smile
Looks good, nice to have connecting canals instead of roads smile
Ginnie Hart: Roads and canals both in this case, John. I was standing on the road next to the canal for this picture. I love it. Thanks.
Quite true: "Hollandser kan 't niet"! Very ungrammatical in English smile
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Wim! grin Bedankt.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 12 Jan 2011, 11:12
Such a beautiful house Ginnie. Love the framing and the texture really adds to the image.
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Frida. Thank you.
Kntwilgen en Dijkhuisjes!! I love the scenery in de uiterwaarden of the big Dutch rivers, and have spent so much time there. I particularly love the surroundings at Rossum!!! Ever been there?
Ginnie Hart: I love this part of Holland, Marion. It's in my blood now. No, we have not been to Rossum. Astrid says she has no clue where it is but she's looking into it. You know how we want to see every square inch of this country. smile
It does look very Dutch from me memory of two visits to Holland many years ago. It is almost the Dutch version of a traditional thatched cottage over here.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian. It's all growing on me, too!
Great composition and lighting Ginnie!extra!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Roland.
You must be starting to look forward to the colour of spring flowers, for which Holland is so famous.
Ginnie Hart: To be honest, Sheila, I wouldn't mind a bit more snow! I love winter time. smile
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2011, 14:03
It's really pretty. The shape of the house is like the shape of barns where I grew up in Ohio. There were many German immigrants in that area and no doubt brought their taste for architecture with them.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Sherri. Thanks. It reminds me, too, of a barn. I love the look, especially with the canal.
another wonderful image, like the processing, nice scene too
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ayush.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2011, 14:30
Lovely scene, love the barn style house. Interesting how the trees have been trimmed,.
Ginnie Hart: These are willows, Rob, and get trimmed like this every year. In the spring, they will sprout like crazy! Thanks.
That would lmake a good Christmas card!
Ginnie Hart: That's very sweet, Tom. Defionitely for them!
Bonjour Ginnie - it's been a while, and yes, I have missed your daily dose of Holland.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Alex. It HAS been awhile. A lot has happened since I last saw you, I think! Thanks for stopping by again. Let's not lose each other.
  • Fabian
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2011, 18:02
A very nice grunge photo. The texture are very nice and not to strong.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Fabian. Thank you.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 12 Jan 2011, 18:03
Soooo beautiful! You did a wonderful job with textures too!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sil. I really am enjoying texture work. smile
There is beautiful light in this image Ginnie,I really like the texture and I am glad that someone else loves the snow grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Linda. I do love the snow, especially after it first falls. smile
  • Peter
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jan 2011, 20:31
Hi Ginnie, makes me think of the old Dutch painter Koekoek, famous for his Ice-landscapes. What is the musicpaper doing in th background, if I may ask?
Ginnie Hart: Since I wasn't familiar with the name, Peter, I Googled Koekoek. You honor me too generously, but thank you. And thank you for stopping by and commenting. If Holland is your country, I LOVE IT!

The music score in the backgroun is simply a texture I used for the sky...nothing more. Scenes like this make me sing, that's all. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2011, 21:34
Lovely houses.
Ginnie Hart: Very Dutch, which I love, Oscar. Thanks.
gorgeous as all of your landscape shots out there!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Heather.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 12 Jan 2011, 22:58
...and Astrid is right with this one - Dutch gable end, pollarded willows and canals...bring on the clogs.

A fine image Ginnie, withan almost painterly quality.
Ginnie Hart: The only thing missing was a windmill somewhere in the background, George...but, yes, this is so very Dutch! Thank you.
Ha ha... You need a handful of windmills to complete this picture!

I recognise the canals - one important feature in Dutch landscape.

I am becoming orange tomorrow...
Come and have some fun!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, LC...even one windmill would have completewd this image! But I couldn't resist it. So idyllic to me.

Thanks for the 'orange' heads-up for today, which I have just seen. So fun!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 13 Jan 2011, 02:23
How picturesque is this?? Love it!
Ginnie Hart: It's what makes me tick here in this beautiful country, Kala! Thanks.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 13 Jan 2011, 02:30
Nice postcard shot.

Paule
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Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paule.
You are really get into those layers. Very cool.
Ginnie Hart: I can't keep my hands off them, Michael. grin Thank you.
I think to you of Ginnie, of forgiveness if I abandon you a little, kiss kiss...
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're back, Pierrot. Welcome. smile Merci.
A charming village! Beautiful composition. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: This is what I love about Holland, Valérie. This is so very Dutch. Merci.
This would do me fine , a house by the canal.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Mick! smile
Ginnie, I risk nothing, the police has nothing against me, but I like the models, kiss, good day...
Ginnie Hart: HAHA! I know, Pierrot. You're pretty safe. grin
Ton pays est si beau que même les nuages affichent des notes de musiques... Une très belle lumière et une très belle composition.
Ginnie Hart: That is such a sweet thing to say, Olivier. Now you've made my day because it's so true. Merci.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jan 2011, 09:23
Have you been to Drente yet Ginnie? It's amazing.
Ginnie Hart: Not yet, Scarlet, but it's definitely on our list. Astrid is taking me to Sneek for our first-year anniversary (Feb. 5) before heading on to outside Groningen to spend the night IN a windmill. Won't that be a blast! smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 13 Jan 2011, 10:15
Too beautiful these homes, your treatments are always of high quality. Splendid compo. Ginnie good day.
Ginnie Hart: You're always so encouraging, Tede. Merci.
I just love the shape of the houses - now that's something you don't see in Australia!
Ginnie Hart: It's so fascinating how architecture differs from country to country, JP, isn't it! Thanks.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 13 Jan 2011, 15:29
Another lovely vintage effect ! Wonderful work, Ginnie. Cheers.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Didier. Merci.
Such a neat & tidy property, Ginnie, so pretty sitting there in the snow. I've always loved the Dutch rooftops as they remind me somewhat of the traditional bonnet worn by the girls.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Beverly. The one thing about the Dutch is they are very tidy. 'Dutch cleaning' definitely has its reputation! smile Thanks.
Picture Perfect!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sue. Thank you.
A beautiful place for sure Ginnie and your picture really makes me want to visit...The tones, composition and treatment are all wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: This is so typically Dutch, Pavan...except for the snow, which was rare this year! You'd love this country! Thank you.

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