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Windmills of My Mind


The writing is on the wall!

Let's just say Obama and America's Congress have their work cut out for them!

Goudriaanse Molen windmill in Goudriaan, Netherlands, from 1779.


Windmills of My Mind


The writing is on the wall!

Let's just say Obama and America's Congress have their work cut out for them!

Goudriaanse Molen windmill in Goudriaan, Netherlands, from 1779.


comments (52)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Nov 2012, 01:11
Well-crafted statement, Ginnie.

I am not so convinced that the "fiscal cliff" situation is catastrophic...I could be the opportunity the country's politicians need to recover the respect they have lost.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. There are many who agree with you who also think it will never happen. Yesterday I found this article very helpful about why it is Obama who now has the leverage. The Republicans will see the Bush tax-cuts come to an end soon if they don't start working together with their President for a solution!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2012, 02:21
this sure is a beautiful scene you captured.. nicely done.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
LOVE the layering! (So want to learn how to do that!) You are so correct...so much work to do!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Robin. If you haven't learned it by the next time I see you, I'll teach you. It's really quite easy. In the meantime, let's all be the change we want to see!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2012, 05:37
A little work of art, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Lisl. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Nov 2012, 06:23
The wall is very large and so is the writing Love this photo
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope the wall is big enough for everyone to see it and start paying attention. Come on, Folks. It's not impossible!
  • Paule
  • US
  • 9 Nov 2012, 06:32
Would make a great postcard.

Ginnie Hart: You're kind, Paule. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Nov 2012, 06:37
yes, very, very Dutch - and very Ginnyish!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I like that, Philine. Very Ginnyish. HA!
merci de me le faire partager en couleurs car je m'aperçois mieux de son architecture et de cette texture et détails et puis l'environnement est agréable
Ginnie Hart: You're more than welcome, Angevine. Merci.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2012, 07:23
Stunning work Ginnie, beautiful composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sally.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 9 Nov 2012, 07:30
Fabulous, just fabulous. A Dutch classic!!
I hope they come to their senses and work together!!
A likey to me. TGIF........ smile
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA. Just think, we saw this last Saturday, just before the election. It IS so very Dutch. THREE windmills for the price of one (though you almost can't see the last one way in the back).
great and fascianting atmosphere
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2012, 08:05
Is see writing in the sky Ginnie: the thoughts in your head perhaps?
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chris. Definitely the thoughts in my head. Right now I believe Obama has some leverage as we come close to the "fiscal cliff." The Republicans will NOT want the Bush tax-cuts to end, so they will HAVE to start working with their President. He's not going away!
They do indeed and I hope they are able to work together.

Lovely picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bill. As I just told Chris, right now I believe Obama has some leverage as we come close to the "fiscal cliff." The Republicans will NOT want the Bush tax-cuts to end, so they will HAVE to start working with their President. He's not going away!
This is a magnificent windmill Ginnie and your composition is superb !

is the handwriting in the sky your secret notes to President Obama about how to get the Congress to work with himgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter, and YES. I have an inside track to the President!!! grin
sooooooo pretty, is it a really windy place? lol hope so!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elaine, and YES. The Netherlands is wonderfully windy, which I absolutely LOVE. This particular windmill was even turning that day! I was such a happy camper (last Saturday). smile
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 9 Nov 2012, 08:43
A fantastic capture of this beautiful windmill Ginnie. I just love it !
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Laurette. Thank you. There are actually 3 windmills in this image. Can you see them all? smile
I see the writing on the wall. Very cool, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Mary. Let's hope it gets something done! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2012, 09:21
My absolute favorite of all of the subjects that you photograph. She's a beauty - YES!!!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe I'll have to show more of these windmills, Marcie, because they're my favorite subject, too! And they're all different in their own way. Thank you.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2012, 10:01
OHHHH ... this is spectacular.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Helen. Thank you.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 9 Nov 2012, 10:05
That is a lovely shape of windmill Ginnie, great sails too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chad. She has it all. smile
I saw a video clip of Obama reduced to tears this morning on BBC.
It was so touching x
Did you see it?
Ginnie Hart: NO, LC. But I just Googled it and here it is. Thank you!
A fine landscape capture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2012, 12:51
Challenging times ahead for the US; at least they seem to have turned a corner and climbing back up. Fascinating sails, not seen any like this before.
Ginnie Hart: I'm very hopeful, Alan, that we'll be able to move forward. I'm choosing to be optimistic! Thanks.
Lovely shot Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Martin.
This is a sure classic, Ginnie. No mistaking where this scene is located. It made me chuckle when I first looked at the windmill as it seemed to me that it was decked out in a brown winter coat with two brass buttons.

Judging from all that the President was able to accomplish during his first term, even with the Republican obstructionist nonsense, I have every confidence that his second term will see many more positive policies enforced.

Don't know if you are familiar with Rachel Maddow, Ginnie, but she is one smart cookie. She did a segment on her show that really gave me hope for the future of America

Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Beverly, I listened to Rachel's video earlier this morning and loved it. So true! She sure nailed it! Thank you for understanding what's going on!
Interesting article you point to, Ginnie - hope that windmill is pushing a tranquilising wind in the right direction!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Tom. I'm really trying to remain optimistic!
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 9 Nov 2012, 14:40
The autumnal windmills remind me of the song...

"Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something that you said?"

Well summer's gone now, and all we can do is get ready for the winter. And with that cheery thought - have a nice weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, George. Indeed. I wish all we needed to do was get ready for winter! smile
That's a great looking windmill Ginnie. A lovely scene that is just so Dutch.
Ginnie Hart: As Astrid would say, more Dutch you cannot get! smile Thanks, Janet.
This is a particularly cute windmill Ginnie. Ive heard the expression 'The writing's on the wall', but never seen it on the sky.
Ginnie Hart: I've never seen the writing on the sky either, Martin, but decided why not! smile Thanks.
What beautiful postcard ! I would like visit your country Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: If you ever come, Marie, please let us know so we can show you around. This country is adorable! Merci.
Fabulous windmill Ginnie, I hope you will agree it is so much more attractive than those modern things I have been showing off our Norfolk coast this week.
Ginnie Hart: More attractive, Brian, for sure, but yours are nonetheless important! smile We have those newer models here, too. Thanks.
Nice shot and classic look. A rather fine windmill
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John. You know me and windmills! smile
My mind is often like a windmill... going around in circles...
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's the point exactly, Larry! smile
What a fabulous place Ginnie. I really like your treatment!
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Richard. Merci.
So... yes... he can ! smile

A very nice and exquisite landscape indeed. Definitely charming.
Ginnie Hart: YES HE CAN! Now FORTWARD! Merci, dear Flo.
Nice treatment, Ginnie, and a powerful looking mill.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Graeme. I LOVE these mills all over the Netherlands!
  • Sue
  • United States
  • 10 Nov 2012, 01:55
Nice image; very Dutch-like. Your processing perfect.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sue. As Astrid would say, more Dutch you cannot get! smile
Another of your gorgeous windmill shots Ginnie!! And so fascinating to have the overlay like that! Love it!
I have faith that Obama will lead Congress in the right direction. They have no cause to be "the party of NO" any more.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Elizabeth, and I must say I do share your optimism midst all the naysayers! I also believe WE must be the change in our own attitudes going FORWARD!
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Michael. I love it! grin
That is so beautifully shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Michael. Thank you.
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 10 Nov 2012, 07:44
Qu'il est beau ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP. Merci.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Nov 2012, 10:21
This is just how I imagined holland! p.s what is layering?
Ginnie Hart: More Dutch you cannot get, Sarah. That's what Astrid says all the time. Thank you.

Layering is when you add textures to an image, overlaying them in such a way to give them added effects, like the handwriting in the sky. I do it in PhotoShop.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2012, 00:45
I love your photo and your response to Robin smile

...let's all be the change we want to see...

That is very much how I feel, especially in these times!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry. It's so true. If WE aren't the change, why should we expect anyone else to be???!
Simply beautiful Ginnie. A perfect lowcountry image, ever so symbolic!
Ginnie Hart: As Astrid would say, more Dutch you cannot get! smile Thanks, Doug.
How lovely Ginnie. And so inpiring for painters I suppose.
I hope you've had a wonderful week-end.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Flo. Merci.
cool to see this wind mill smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Joshi. More Dutch you cannot get, as you know. smile
a wonderful shot of the windmill ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dennis.
Thanks Ginnie, only just beginning to look at processing, there's so much that you can do!
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Sarah. It's a whole other world out there!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Nov 2012, 19:56
Great song, great film and a wonderful image to link it all.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shooter. smile
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2012, 12:29
Nice pic and good mindsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Luiza. Danke.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 15 Nov 2012, 16:47
Ginnie, if you don't mind me asking. What does your quote mean? I am unfamiliar with windmill issues. Although, you've really sparked my interested with this photo and your B&W one before.
Ginnie Hart: There is an Old Testament story about "the writing on the wall" which you can read about here, Emily: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_writing_on_the_wall. With the re-election of Obama, it seemed appropriate because he has so much to figure out with Congress...quickly!

Thank you for asking and for your comments!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 Nov 2012, 12:16
Wonderful iconic scene from The Netherlands.
Ginnie Hart: As Astrid would say, more Dutch you cannot get! smile Thanks, Frida.

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