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Always Winter, Never Christmas

 

The day I saw these willows with snow...and the hanging light in the middle...

I couldn't help but think of the Land of Narnia where it was always winter, never Christmas.

 

I pass these willows twice a month when I go to the bank here in Holland.

 

Always Winter, Never Christmas

 

The day I saw these willows with snow...and the hanging light in the middle...

I couldn't help but think of the Land of Narnia where it was always winter, never Christmas.

 

I pass these willows twice a month when I go to the bank here in Holland.

 

comments (62)

  • Ken
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2011, 00:20
Love love..waking in a winter wonderland...
Ginnie Hart: I love winter when it looks like this, Ken! Thanks.
  • Sidney
  • Philippineschtnt
  • 17 Jan 2011, 00:20
A wonderful Winter scape.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sidney, Happy New Year!
  • Peter
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2011, 01:41
It does make me think of Narnia...Nice landscape Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I love how this corresponds to your Asland door knob, Peter. smile Thanks.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2011, 02:16
Beautiful composition and tones Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kala.
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 17 Jan 2011, 03:39
love the processing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Krunal.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 17 Jan 2011, 03:49
A good Christmas card.

Paule
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Ginnie Hart: ...if I can find a red cardinal to insert, maybe? grin Thanks, Paule.
These trees definitely have a mystical feel to them Ginnie. Beautiful image, really like the snow covered branches. Fascinating scene, especially the long tree lined path.
Ginnie Hart: We don't usually have this kind of snow around us, John, here in middle Holland, so when we had it, I was in heaven. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jan 2011, 06:35
A wonderful winter scene, it is amazing that this small lane is almost in the middle of out town.
In a few months it will show quite different.
Ginnie Hart: I know, MLMA. Sometimes I walk by and don't even notice it and then other times it transports me to another world. Hartstikke bedankt!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Jan 2011, 06:57
A fine composition Ginnie: almost sepia
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chris, and yes, almost. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 17 Jan 2011, 07:27
what a gorgeous picture, but Christmas is the best part of winter!! smile
Ginnie Hart: ...especially once Aslan comes into the picture! smile Thanks, Elaine.
A winter wonderland ginnie. I like the Narnia connection!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bill. I love the Chronicles of Narnia!
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 17 Jan 2011, 08:24
Love this winter image Ginnie, although I hate the cold.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal. I'm guessing you've liked the more balmy days we've had of late, closer to 50F!
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 17 Jan 2011, 09:02
Magical! Great processing too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Sil.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Jan 2011, 09:12
beautiful winter wonderland
Ginnie Hart: When there's snow here, Aussie, it really IS a winter wonderland. I wonder if we'll get any more this winter? Thanks.
If you enjoy this landscape envy your day to day. Good image processing with excellent outcome. A greeting.
Ginnie Hart: I love a good, fresh winter's snow, Pedro, yes. smile Gracias.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Jan 2011, 10:16
So cool Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage.
Beautiful tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, VP.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jan 2011, 10:25
Delightful winter scene Ginnie. The trees make a beautiful arch over the road, and I've only just noticed the light hanging from the branches - perfect touch!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ingrid. I've never walked along that lane but it sure is inviting. One day I will....
It looks good now..but i imagine even better when those willows are in full leaf with the sun shining..Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're making me want to see what they look like in each season, Ron. I'll try to remember that. Thanks for the thought. smile
GREAT, i like Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Roland. Merci.
A great line from C S Lewis. I sooner winters looked like this, than the present wet, grey, mild and mucky smile Nice shot as we look down the avenue.
Ginnie Hart: I love the Chronicles of Narnia, John. Thank you. I never noticed the overhead lights till I got home and saw this on the big screen.
When I was at school it was always winter in my heart.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can just picture you in school as a little boy, Chad. smile Always wanting to be outside instead?!
That tree in front is the epitome of COLD. Great shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The snow's all gone now, Janet, but it was a delightful sight that day...and cold, yes. Thanks.
Nice composition, nice picture, but I am so glad IIm not there to see it in real life.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You'd rather be hot than cold, yes, Sheila? grin Thanks for commenting regardless.
Walking in the snow is wonderful. Driving not so much. Your shot makes snow look it's best.
Ginnie Hart: It's been a long time since I drove in the snow, Mary, but I was a passenger with Astrid and she did well. Now that she has snow tires, she doesn't fear driving back and forth to work, 20 km each way. Thanks.
This is great! Love the incredible shapes of the trees, curving over the road.
Ginnie Hart: I love the pollarded trees of Holland, JP. Thanks.
A nice little lane! And you go on the bike !!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Wim, I don't ride my bike much anymore now that I'm not in school. I have yet to walk down that lane...one of these days. Bedankt.
This is winter at its best Ginnie, when the snow is still on the branches, you have a lovely walk smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda. I love a snow-covered landscape anywhere!
Just love how the snow along with your warm tones turn the trees into fairy characters ! An enchanted winter path.
Ginnie Hart: You're so very sweet, Karine. Thank you.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 17 Jan 2011, 14:41
That's a very special sight. "Gezellig".
Have a nice day!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Fokkio. Ik hou van dat woord: gezellig. smile
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 17 Jan 2011, 15:20
Marvelous sepia shot! It's always a pleasure to visit your site. Have a nice afternoon, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so sweet and know how to make my day, Didier. Merci.
Ta photo possède beaucoup de détails. C'est presque perturbant mais notre attention est tout de suite attirée par le chemin. Une belle succession d'arbres et un très beau contrate (comme d'habitude).
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Olivier. Merci.
The article in the link, which is so interesting, and the image really compliment each other Ginnie. I guess this also looks nice without the snow.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. Ron gave me the idea to capture this same view in each of the seasons. I'm lucky that I have it in snow since we don't always get the honor!
nice perspective and clever tones Ginnie, awesome cold atmosphere the perfect contrast to my
Ginnie Hart: Some like it hot, some like it cold, Facrizio...and some like it in bewteen. grin I actually love the cold when it looks like this. Grazie.
Very effective presentation, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom.
lovely image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Derek.
Delightful under snow, I think it would be equally nice with subtle lighting to bring out the tunnel effect with just the bare trees.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. I tried adding a subtle light to the lamp but didn't like the effect. Maybe I could darken the sides and have light only along the lane. Interesting idea. Thanks!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2011, 20:33
Stunning image - and I love the lights in the middle of the arches. What a nice walk this would be (in warmer weather!).
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martie. I surprise myself that I haven't yet walked this lane. One of these days when I go to the bank again...which is actually this week. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jan 2011, 22:11
Oh my gosh, it does look rather ominous...
Ginnie Hart: It's funny how that is, isn't it, Cherie. One day I will walk this lane to see where it leads.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 17 Jan 2011, 23:05
Super landscape!

Preciosa Ginnie, un paisaje como a mi me gusta para pasear
Ginnie Hart: Since I haven't walked it yet, Oscar, I'll take you with me when I do. smile Gracias.
This shot is so cool...I wonder how it would look just before sunset with that single light illuminating everything. Wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: Good idea, Heather. Maybe I'll go back one day to see! Thanks for the idea. smile
Beautifully presented, Ginnie. Fine curve.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Graeme.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Jan 2011, 00:33
A seriously, starkly beautiful image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Ray.
Are those really willow trees?
I am not a tree expert but they look a bit like lime trees to me.

Pollarding (chopping off the top branches) is commonly done to lime trees in England.
Ginnie Hart: I do believe we have lime/linden trees here in Holland, LC, but Astrid and I both think these are willows. But what do I know. They are at least pollarded, as you say, and that's what I love about them. Once they are in bloom this summer, I'll have to take a picture again! smile
I like the way the road leads the eye right in.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2011, 03:30
lovely how these rows of trees form a long alley.. smile great catch.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. One of these days I'll actually walk the lane to see where it leads.
They appear to be Centurion guards, protecting you on your journey to/from the bank ;-)
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the thought, Kevin. Thanks. smile
The question is, if it is these trees and not the bank that gives you the protection you really need...
Ginnie Hart: HA! One just never knows these days, Pekka. I feel robbed every time I do a transaction from my American back. The conversion rates and service fees are appalling. I lose about $50 every month just on fees alone...to say nothing of the difference between the American dollar and European euro. (sigh)
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 18 Jan 2011, 06:42
une bien belle carte postale !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Rem. Merci.
  • tede
  • France
  • 18 Jan 2011, 10:02
A nice landscape with the trees stretch out their crooked branches to invite us to go !!!!! Very nice processing. Ginnie great day.
Ginnie Hart: One day I will go follow them, Tede. One day. smile Merci.
Fantastic photograph! Simply beautiful in its almost charcoal drawing-like feel. Did not Rembrandt make such pictures too?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I think you're right about Rembrandt, Doug. This would be a fun scene for the charcoal pencils, indeed. Thank you.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2011, 14:54
Like a magical forest!
Ginnie Hart: It definitely was that day, Rob. Thanks.
This is beautiful Ginnie! I love your wonderful treatment here!
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Pavan. Thank you.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2011, 18:01
In the distance they almost look like they're growing in circles.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Sherri. It's a magical place. One day I will see where it leads.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 18 Jan 2011, 18:12
A wonderful winter scape. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a loveley evening Ginne. Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: It's a magical place in the snow, Antoine. Merci.
Great composition and a "vintage look" to this frame. We like the "almost B&W", so hard to get it right.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, F&S. You're very kind.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2011, 21:28
Looks like a winter scene from around here. Beautiful landscape!
Ginnie Hart: We could definitely compare notes, Marcie. smile Thanks.
Alright Ginnie, I came back to consider Shutterchance today... but am getting ready to go out of town for a few days so cannot do anything precipitous. My question is... with trying to post on Flickr AND get a following on my photography blog (where you visit, thanks so much), how am I to find time for yet another spot to post images??? (Rhetorical, you clearly are managing to post both here and on your lovely blog as well as on V&V!) I need an assistant!!! Are retirees allowed to have assistants? ;-)

Meanwhile, this is marvelous and it is nicer to see it here in a larger format!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You bring a smile this morning, Victoria. To be honest, THIS is where my creative soul is...my blog of choice. The other one is one for just 'normal' images (the ones on which I don't spend much time) for my travelog/journal. That one is for posterity. This one is for my artist's soul. V&V falls somewhere in-between, and at only twice a month does not rob my time. I'm not sure I could do all 3 if I were not retired, however! I am my own assistant. HA! I do like the bigger format here, which is why I have chosen it. Thank you, as always, for your wonderful encouragement. I hope you find encouragement from me as well!
oh wow ginnie... dream land.. how mafgnificent.. Love the movie... xxx
Ginnie Hart: I know, Gale. The entire Narnia series is wonderful. Thank you.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 20 Jan 2011, 17:01
Looks like you have a picturesque ride to the bank Ginnie. It looks very pretty...
Ginnie Hart: It's actually a nice 15-20 minute walk, George. The other day it took me an hour round-trip because of all the times I stopped to take pictures. grin Thank you.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 22 Jan 2011, 15:45
beautiful scene !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dennis.
Wat 'n pragtige foto. Die komposisie is praftig. In Suid-Afrika kry ons nie sneeu in Johannesburg nie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Elsabe, for stopping by and commenting here. That means a lot. Welcome to SC!

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