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Still Hunkered Down

 

...on a cold day in Onderdendam, Netherlands,

not far from our windmill B&B.

 

Just when Spring starts lurking around...another cold spell hits.

It is as it is!  Have a cozy weekend.

 


Still Hunkered Down

 

...on a cold day in Onderdendam, Netherlands,

not far from our windmill B&B.

 

Just when Spring starts lurking around...another cold spell hits.

It is as it is!  Have a cozy weekend.

 


comments (61)

You've captured the cold perfectly, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I can still feel it, Graeme. It was also very windy so I'm sure the wind-chill factor was high. smile Thanks.
Astonishingly good lighting & tones.

I guess a cold spell, like everything else, Ginnie, is relative. I look at this marvellous image and I see no frozen water nor snowbanks piled high. I'll trade you ours for yours, if you'll be so inclined.
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, Beverly. It is indeed relative. To be honest, I have not had my fill of snow yet this winter, so I will gladly swap with you for awhile! It's a deal. smile Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2011, 01:40
But the water has begun a frisky kind of a pre-Spring dance...
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Ray. The North Wind was doing a number on us that day...'Level 8' gale-force of 39-46 mph. smile I loved every minute of it.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 02:01
Beautiful processing as always Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Kala.
  • Ken
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 03:22
Based on your title I was looking for some "hunks" smile I am still not disappointed!
Ginnie Hart: HA! But of course your mind would take you there, Ken. grin So glad you're not [too] disappointed. smile Thnaks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 03:56
wow.. those houses must be prime real estate living so close to the water like that.. nice capture & great toning too.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Rian. Astrid often will say, "That's old money." The town is small...only 670 inhabitants in 2008. There are 2 crossing canals there and this is one of them. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Feb 2011, 06:32
Rough water and rough weather, LOVE it.
Before we know it will be Spring.
Wonderful picture from a wonderful POV.
We will have a cozy weekend, TGIF
Ginnie Hart: It was such a cozy weekend there in that wee town in the windmill B&B. I'll never forget the strong wind. You know me...I love the wind! Hartstikke bedankt.
Have a lovely weekend too Ginnie. I am sure spring is only sharpening its teeth and will hit in full really soon!! Can't wait
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Marion. I'm sure you're right. To be honest, I wouldn't mind one last snow (if it's gonna be cold!), but I'm sure I'm in the minority. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Feb 2011, 07:17
On such a day you step into the local coffee shop - heavenly smells. Have a big coffee and some stroopwafels.

All the best and don't get out of bed unnecessarily. Use the notebook and the wireless connection.

Excellent picture - you see what you have me thinking of.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the way your mind works, Louis. grin Bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Feb 2011, 07:44
It looks cold there: I will try to be active here in the balmy UK
Ginnie Hart: I'd even take a bit of snow with the cold snap, Chris, to be honest. smile But then, you already knew I was crazy.
We are being told it will be wet and miserable this weekend. Still we are seeing my brother and some of his tribe for Sunday Lunch so that will be nice as it has been ages since we saw them
Ginnie Hart: Do the best with what you have, Bill, which is always the best advice for any day. I hope your reunion will be very 'sunny' for all.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:05
Yes, it looks still a bit wintery and desolate - the brown toning (sorry, not my favourite one) may enhance this feeling - a typical Dutch scene -but I wonder about the 'waves' in the canal - caused by wind or storm?
Yes, the air is fresh-cold in my town, too, but the spring cannot be overseen - hij is al aanwezig en ik kan hem voelen!
Ginnie Hart: We had Level 8 gale-force winds that weekend, Philine, 39-46 mph. Sometimes I couldn't even take a picture until the wind subsided! smile In spite of the cold snap, we, too, have signs that spring is coming. I know it's just around the corner! Bedankt.
You've got me shivering Ginnie,Janet's image is more optimistic
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Martin, and I agree. smile
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:34
Never been to that place, but it is worth the visit I can see
Ginnie Hart: It was the windmill B&B that got us there, Chantal. A very small town of 670 inhabitants (in 2008). It was totally worth it. Bedankt.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:55
I feel as if I have been hunkered down this winter. Two seperate weeks snowed in, a bad cold with a cough that took a month to go away then tearing my calf muscle and spraining my ankle while go up my stairs too quickly. I can't wait for full health, mobility and sunshine. ps - I can almost walk normally again after lots of physio and 5 weeks on from the injury.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Chad. I had no idea you were 'snowed under' like this in more ways than one. Spring will be a promise of hope and health for you, I'm sure! Please pamper yourself this weekend.
  • didier
  • france
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:55
superbe rendu !! comme venue du passé avec ces couleurs ocrées !!smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Didier. Merci.
as always a really perfect interpretation of this peaceful atmosphere, great shade Ginnie, nice day
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:59
wowowow look at those gorgeous houses!! do regular people get to live in them or only richies? lol gorgeous shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Elaine. The town is so small (670 inhabitants in 2008), one wonders who would live there. But when Astrid sees houses like these, she often says "That's old money." smile Thanks.
Un très beau contraste de couleurs. Et un environnment visiblement très agréable...
Ginnie Hart: It was very fun to walk around in this small town, Olivier. i can still remember it as though it were yesterday. Merci.
That Holland is attractive under your glance Ginnie... good journey in April, I hope that you will go offshore, to see balaines kiss...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Pierrot. We are trying to figure out our excursion in Norway as we speak! Thanks for the encouragement.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 18 Feb 2011, 10:17
A lovely view. You have captured this very beautiful.
Have a great weekend Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Fokkio. Hartstikke bedankt.
Wonderful capture shot! bravo! Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roland. Merci. smile
waowwwww......Ginnie how are you. Amazing foto Ginnie...//
Ginnie Hart: It's so good to see you again, Bram. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting again.
A beautiful image Ginnie you have captured the moment perfectly. Have a warm cozy weekend together.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Laurette. The same to you. smile
  • Sidney
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2011, 11:10
Looks cold indeed... would be nice to see the same place in Summer.

Must be fun to discover those canals on a boat.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Sidney about seeing this same spot in the summer. I'd like that. I love the canals all over the Netherlands, on boat or on land. Thanks.
I can just feel the winter cold in your rendition of the scene, especially your use of minimal color. I'm trying to imagine this scene in summer and envision a lovely image. It will come sooner than one thinks, hopefully.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Doug, when an image actually looks cold. That's what it was...cold and windy. It would be lovely to see this in the sumertime. Thanks.
It does feel cold looking at this Ginnie, even the boat still has its winter coat on.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian. But its day will come, sooner than we think.
Certainly looks a bit on the chilly side and I bet you were glad of the cozy B&B to go to. Not exactly warm here. About 8 C. It just gets a bit boring being under a grey blanket of cloud most of the time.
Ginnie Hart: When it's cold like this, Janet, I wouldn't mind a bit of snow to go with it. We only had it at Christmas. I could stand some more...before spring comes for sure. But then, I'm crazy, I know. smile
quaint little place, well composed. and as usual great job with the tones here
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. It was a darling little town. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Feb 2011, 15:22
It does give a very cold impression with the waves on the canal. I like the look of that house - very unusual.
Ginnie Hart: It's a psrt of The Netherlands we don't normally see, Ingrid, so it looked different even to us!
  • jess
  • USA
  • 18 Feb 2011, 16:08
What a day, but what a view! Wishing an early Spring your way as well – the groundhog says so.
Ginnie Hart: We have seen lots of molehills all over the place when we're out-n-about, Jess, so I think you're right about an early spring. Maybe this is winter's last hurrah?!
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 16:15
Talk about a room with a view, wow!
Ginnie Hart: It was wonderful, Rob! Thanks.
It looks so cold and damp there that I feel I should tell you to stay in and keep warm and cosy. smile
Ginnie Hart: That night we did stay in and felt so cozy with the wind howling around us. Thanks, Sheila.
I will have the house on the left please Ginnie,its even got a daylight studio with the big windows on the end.Going to Devon 2 weeks tomz. Wednesday that week we are away is bacon butty day on the beach served at 9.00am sharp, get flight to Exeter, train from Exeter to Barnstaple, bus to Croyde Bay. Dont be late or you and Astrid get no bacon butties.
Ginnie Hart: If you take the left house, Mick, we'll take the right and be happy neighbors. smile And since we both like bacon butties (well, I haven't had one yet but I know for sure I like them), we will definitely be there on time. 9 a.m. sharp. Be there or be squarte. smile
I feel cosy and warm inside, looking at your picture, love the composition of this Ginnie, have a good weekend yourself smile
Ginnie Hart: We were outside in the wind when I took this, Linda, but I can just imagine being cozy inside somewhere. smile Thanks.
This is such a peaceful capture. Lovely colours. Enjoy your cozy weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elsabe. I actually love this kind of weather. smile
Nice bit of processing, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • David
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2011, 20:14
Salut,
Cette image est vraiment très belle, j'aime beaucoup la composition ainsi que le traitement style ancien. bravo
Amicalement,
David
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, David, for stopping by and commenting. Merci. I wish your link to your site worked!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2011, 20:46
Oooh! makes me feel a little chilly...
Ginnie Hart: Chilly and windy, Cherie. My kind of day. grin Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 21:45
nice location. i love the houses.
Ginnie Hart: The house architecture is so much different there from where we live in another province, Maria. I really got my education. Thanks.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 18 Feb 2011, 22:17
We have shoots appearing all over the place and the first daffodils were out two weeks ago. So take heart Ginnie, spring's just around the corner...

And you and Astrid have a warm weekend too!
Ginnie Hart: We actually have shoots appearing, too, George, but the temps aren't paying attention! I think this happens every year, right?! smile Thanks.
Lovely scene and beautifully composed image. Like the foreground curving pier. Interesting architecture especially the elegant structure on the left. We just had an unseasonably warm spell the last few days, felt like spring. Unfortunately, it will be over soon and back to winter. Hang in there Ginnie, spring is just around the corner.
Ginnie Hart: It was such a windy, blustery day, John, and it was all I could do to keep standing and not fall over. HA! Your words are always so very encouraging. Thank you.
That is your usual gorgeous work.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say so, Michael. Thanks.
Lovely picture, with a treatment so romantic. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: It was a very romantic, cozy weekend, Valérie. smile Merci.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 19 Feb 2011, 09:04
i like this landscape... and the processing is very good
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! Gracias.
  • David
  • France
  • 19 Feb 2011, 09:06
Oops i make a mistake for my webpage links, here he is http://www.dgarait.fr/wp
Sorry
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, David. Your link works also in your name now. Merci.
This is a beautiful winter scene!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 19 Feb 2011, 12:37
Your personal style is back! I love this desaturated shot; the water effect is wonderful.
Enjoy your WE, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Didier, my style is back. grin Merci.
Holland is a small country, so I guess it must be really expensive to have a big house like the one in your photo (see left).

This jetty is very interesting.
Is it part of a canal lock?
Ginnie Hart: Astrid will often see a house like this and say it's old money. I know exactly what she means. This part of the canal was at a turning bridge on the right, not a lock, but that's a good guess, LC. Thanks.
not a nice day to be messing around on the river ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The wind was strong enough to carry us without a boat, Derek, and I'm serious. I think it would have ripped the sails or sent us too fast and far out to sea. smile
  • Krunal
  • India
  • 19 Feb 2011, 14:54
beautiful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Krunal.
  • Foto'S
  • Poland
  • 19 Feb 2011, 15:05
WOW! fantastic picture and the climate. I want to go there smile only time I can not. I greet and wish you a nice day smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you, Foto'S. If you like the wind, you would have loved it there that day. Thanks!
Fabulous depth, detail and beautifully muted tones in a wonderfully framed scene Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Pavan. Thank you. I love the wind and cold, so it was my kind of day. smile
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 19 Feb 2011, 17:18
Superb photo with a excellent framing. Have a great week-end Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoinje. Merci.
  • tede
  • France
  • 19 Feb 2011, 17:48
Very nice image, but this treatment and all that water chills me to the tips of toessmile) Splendid composition. Ginnie beautiful evening and weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Then the image really tells the truth of the day, Tede. It was very windy and cold, which made sleeping inside the windmill most cozy. Thank you. Merci.
It does have that non-warm look. Does anyone live on the boat? smile
Ginnie Hart: It made going back inside feel very cozy, Larry. I'm quite sure no one was living on the boat...just covered up for the winter. Thanks.
Beautiful colors - they do portray cold even without snow. Interesting houses!
Ginnie Hart: The wind totally made up for no snow that day, Mark. smile Thanks.
It was a cold weekend indeed! Hope you two had a good time.
I like the different style of houses in your photo!
Ginnie Hart: It was a trip of a lifetime, Wim. Don't know how we'll top it next year. grin Bedankt.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 20 Feb 2011, 19:47
Love the washed out..faded colors..the timeless scene and processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marcie, as always.
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 20 Feb 2011, 19:56
great mood on this wonderfull shot. feels cold and rainy!
Ginnie Hart: Almost rainy, Beat, but very cold and windy. Thanks. My kind of weather. smile
Nice place, but it does look a little bleak
Ginnie Hart: Cold, windy...and, yes, bleak. smile Thanks, John.

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