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A Horse of a Different Color

 

Not all windmills are created equal, especially in Holland, the land of mills.


This is a wipmolen, the oldest type of polder mill in Holland, first built in 1407.

This one is De Blokker, a hollow post mill used for drainage.  The 1620 original burned down in 1997 and was restored in 2000.

 

Seen while at Kinderdijk, Netherlands, 25 December 2010.

 


A Horse of a Different Color

 

Not all windmills are created equal, especially in Holland, the land of mills.


This is a wipmolen, the oldest type of polder mill in Holland, first built in 1407.

This one is De Blokker, a hollow post mill used for drainage.  The 1620 original burned down in 1997 and was restored in 2000.

 

Seen while at Kinderdijk, Netherlands, 25 December 2010.

 


comments (59)

Ah this is more like it...
I swear I can even smell it from my screen.
It's probably from the windmill!
Fantastic shot, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean about smelling something from the screen, LC. The other day I smelled someone's orchids. smile Thanks a million.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jan 2011, 04:01
Ah! Don Quixote approaches!

This will get very interesting anytime soon...
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ray. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jan 2011, 04:52
Wonderful, just wonderful.
I never get tired of scenes like this, even it is in our backyard.
They work hard now, we have a water problem in Holland right now.
The melting snow in Belgium and Germany causes our rivers flooding.
The river Maas is now 5 meters (15 feet) above normal standard
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling many countries right now wish they had windmills like this, MLMA. I'm sure they're working their tails off these days. (sigh) I love that the Dutch figured these things out so long ago. It's still amazes me. Hartstikke bedankt. TGIF.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 14 Jan 2011, 05:52
This is an excellent view of the mill but also the ground and subject around that gives it the scale.....well composed Ginnie.....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
It is strange how time has the gift of giving things a scecial aura of their own.
Ginnie Hart: Exavtly, Pekka. For me it's like another world.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 14 Jan 2011, 06:29
it doesn't even look like that one could catch the wind! very beautiful shot, with the horses and grasses love it!!!
Ginnie Hart: They have it all figured out, Elaine, which is the wonder of it for me. I just stare! Thanks.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 14 Jan 2011, 06:46
Another great windmill.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 14 Jan 2011, 07:50
Funny how the narrow neck of this one looks as if it might snap off. Attractive design though.
Ginnie Hart: They always look like kiddie windmills to me, Chad. smile Thanks.
This is a delight Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sir Phillips. For me, too. smile
There are still mill builders working in Holland, fortunately. This is a fine 'wipmolen' indeed!
Ginnie Hart: As long as there is Holland, I hope there will always be windmills, Wim!!! smile Bedankt.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jan 2011, 08:07
Oh, an unusual sight of the iconic windmills: Horses and riders are passing along the snow-covered way and icey canal- an image of quietness and peace! If I can translate correctly the 'language' of the windmill- wings, they want to say: We are now in retirement, not working- justa picture fitting the coming weekend- een fijn weekeind togewenst!
Ginnie Hart: What a sweet thought, Philine. A time of rest for the weekend. Next week they will have to work very hard again, I'm sure. Bedankt.
I've never understood why windmills seem to have magic and romance about them. Not just the Dutch ones, all of them. Whatever it is, is grabs me too.
I like the markings on the horse on the left - or is it a blanket on him?
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only crazy woman who loves windmills, Sheila. grin No, it's not a blanket on the horse. I think he has a suntan. HA!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jan 2011, 08:14
Intriguing Ginnie: thank you
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Chris, so I'm in the right place. smile Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 14 Jan 2011, 08:57
This is postcard material Ginnie, of the old days, old style, love it.

Have a great weekend with Astrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal, on both counts!
I can feel the light wind - what a beauty again, love the details, the vegetation as if slightly moving on the left, wonderful painting-like sensation.
Ginnie Hart: You can see why this place entrances me, Karine. Merci.
What a beautiful picture. I really like the image processing. A greeting.
Ginnie Hart: You kind and encouraging, Pedro. Gracias.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 14 Jan 2011, 10:17
Great photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage. Stay dry.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 14 Jan 2011, 10:42
You must have a great time exploring all this with Astrid. Beautiful captured scene Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's heaven on earth for me, Frida. Yes. Thanks.
After a long absence, I am delighted to find your pictures Ginnie! How wonderful these golden palms! I love watching just behind the small horses plunging into the thicket! It's a wonderful image! I take this opportunity to wish you all want my happiness and health and Ginnie a whole year of photo sharing!
Ginnie Hart: The horses were the frosting on the cake, Mathilde. As you see, I almost didn't get them on time! It's good to see you back. Merci.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 14 Jan 2011, 11:36
Like a drawing from an 19th century book. Simply beautiful. I like the brown tones in the sky.
A night in a windmill will be a nice experience. A great way to celebrate.
If you like I will show you both some nice places in Drenthe when you go there. But perhaps it's bet to wait for spring. It's more beautiful then.
Have e nice weekend!
Ginnie Hart: You're sweet to offer us a show of Drenthe, Fokkio. We will definitely keep that in mind. There is so much to see and do in this tiny but chock-full country. I'm thrilled to be living here. Thanks for your comment. I love that I found you!
Excellent photo Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland. Merci.
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 14 Jan 2011, 11:50
So peaceful ! Thanxx to share... smile
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Aurore. Merci.
PS - But yes, I drove the sled Ginnie I was very afraid of falling and m'éventrer on my camera at North Cape snow is very hard, I felt like slipping on corrugated iron! It is not very serious!! But how to choose between two loves?
Ginnie Hart: I hope I can do that soon, Mathilde!!! Merci.
I love your windmill shots. I only ever think of Australian Windmills ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_Windmill.jpg ), and then go and you show me so many more kinds.
Ginnie Hart: That's the same kind we have in the States, JP, so those I'm familiar with. It's the Dutch ones that take my breath away! Thanks.
I love this scene with the horses and riders and the tall pampas grasses. Beautiful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It took my breath away, Mary, and as you see, I was almost too late with getting the camera in place. Thanks.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 14 Jan 2011, 14:34
Wonderful shot, and wonderful action for preserving mills. I love them too! Enjoy your weekend, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Didier. Windmills are so soulful to me. Merci.
Beautiful composition, your eye goes from the windmill to the horses to the lovely grass gently swaying on a lovely crisp winters day smile
Ginnie Hart: My heart was so full that day, Linda! Thank you.
Looks a bit chilly Ginnie, lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Deliciously cold and crisp...and sunny, Mick. A perfect winter's day.
Règle des 2/3, 1/3 parfaitment respectée. De grandes herbes qui poussent le regard directement sur le moulin (superbe). Belle lumière et belle ambiance, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Olivier. Merci.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jan 2011, 16:11
A fine specimen Ginnie - the reeds, the snow and the horses set it up perfectly.
Ginnie Hart: The horses surprised me so much I almost missed them altogether, Ingrid. Thanks.
How strange, I saw a picture of a similar mill to this ina lecture at camera club on Tuesday evening, I hadn't even realised there were post mills in Holland at the time. Nice composition Ginnie, the horses nicely finish it off.
Ginnie Hart: It's wonderful to find out about all thisa ancient technology, Brian, isn't it! Thanks.
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 14 Jan 2011, 16:38
fantastic composition with a superbe framing ! Very well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Beat!
You've excelled yourself again with this Ginnie..Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ron. Thank you.
Nice composition, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2011, 23:28
A lovely photo and fascinating information about the windmill.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Cherry.
Ha ha... I bet the orchids are not as good as this fresh air from the Dutch countryside!
Ginnie Hart: It's six of one, half a dozen of the other, LC. grin Astrid grows orchids all year 'round on our living room window sill. HA!
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 15 Jan 2011, 06:37
splendid. absolutely love this
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Krunal.
Everything is here to make a beautiful photo. Nice composition. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Valérie. This is what I love about Holland!
stunnin as always smile a well composed, balanced image. looks like its from a different era
Ginnie Hart: Those windmills always seem to transport me back in time, Ayush! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2011, 11:37
An absolute beauty..for sure. Stunning in the winter snow..with the horse riders. Timeless!
Ginnie Hart: The horse riders surprised me so much, Marcie, I almost didn't get the camera up fast enough to take their picture! Timeless, indeed. Thanks.
  • jess
  • USA
  • 15 Jan 2011, 13:41
What a lovely capture... the wind rustling through the grasses, the trotting in snow, maybe even the ambient noises of the windmill itself. That's peace.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Jess. My best present for that Christmas day! Thanks.
Wonderful geometry of the mill against the sky, and timely capture of the horses, with, of course, a most apt title. Beautiful image Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • tede
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2011, 15:51
With the snow and the pampas grass is really splendid, magical image as you have the secret. Ginnie great day.
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Tede. Thank you.
Such a great intrigue in this wonderful image Ginnie.
Well done indeed!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard. Merci.
  • Mroy
  • USA
  • 15 Jan 2011, 16:13
are these pampas grass? what a beautiful scene.
Ginnie Hart: Wonderful pampas grasses, yes, Maria, all along the banks of the canal. They added so much to the pictures. Thanks.
Another masterpiece Ginnie. The sepia tone treatment is perfect for making it a timeless scene. Takes my breath away..
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Patrushka. The whole day was like this...timeless and taking my breath away. I can still remember it as though I were still there.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 15 Jan 2011, 19:48
I am back Ginnie....and it is still as beautiful since the first time i saw last night at 11 p.m.....petergrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thank you, kind sir! smile
They might not be all equal, but they are all equally beautiful under your lens and creativity. I guess Holland probably has a lot of windmills for drainage; they are functional pieces of art.
Ginnie Hart: Drainage mills are what keep Holland on the map, Mark, indeed. I'm not sure where Holland would be without them (besides under water)! The technology is quite amazing, when you stop to think about it. Thanks.
That is another wonderful shot. I like the way you have the travellers leaving the scene.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. They surpriised me so much I almost missed them entirely altogether.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 16 Jan 2011, 03:27
dang! what better way to enjoy the view than on horseback! grin
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn;t that be fun, Rian. They were clearly just passing through from here to there. Ho-hum diddly dum.
Me gusta el tratamiento que le has dado a la foto.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo.
Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laurens.
Windmills are so romantic and this one especially so with the lovely composition, light and tones! Fabulous shot Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pavan. Windmills have the power to take me to another level. I love it. smile
This is exceptional.. cant stop staring at it.This must be the PERFECT photo. Congratulations
Ginnie Hart: You're way too kind, Gale, but thank you. This place is a heaven to me. I can never get ho-hum about it.
Great composition and great capture, Ginnie,
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Sue.
They certainly did a wonderful restoration job on this mill, Ginnie. So glad you were quick enough to catch the horses before they disappeared behind the grasses. They make this image even more special, if that is possible.
Ginnie Hart: You pay such good attention, Beverly, which is one of the things I really appreciate about you...seriously! Thank you.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 17 Jan 2011, 09:03
Beautiful capture! Love the windmill and the horses. You really capture the essence of this fascinating country!
  • crash
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2011, 15:45
wow! cool windmill scene !
Ginnie Hart: For me, Dennis, you can hardly go wrong with a windmill! smile Thanks.
Fantastic photo. I especially love snow, riders and the beautiful windmill. Together make this photo great.

In Finland they are not equal; there are differences in style.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sartenada! I love how there are differences not only in the same country but between countries! smile

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