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Contradictions


This window in Barcelona, Spain, is a bundle of contradictions for me!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Contradictions


This window in Barcelona, Spain, is a bundle of contradictions for me!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (39)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Dec 2007, 00:46
They are not shy with their colors. Nice find!
Ginnie Hart: Not shy at all, Martin! Thanks.
Peeling paint, rust, chipped tiles - all dressed up with lovely potted plants. Great color and texture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Red Pen. Oh, and don't forget the closed shades! smile Thanks. (Tomorrow is for you!)
The flowers add so much.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Mary. The main contradiction for me! Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • on the night shift
  • 11 Dec 2007, 04:28
Love the colour of the tiles. But you are right about the contradictions and Red Pen sums it up nicely.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Aussie. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 Dec 2007, 04:37
i guess the owner did not want someone to rob her flowers.
Ginnie Hart: They can rob the house but not the flowers! smile Thanks, Kanyi.
  • Astrid
  • EARLY in the Netherlands
  • 11 Dec 2007, 04:43
Supurb eye for detail again, Ginnie, I can tell the 'lady of the house' love these flowers, but what I like much more is the beaten-up wall and than those beautiful blue tiles, the longer I look the better it gets, nice job agaian smile
Ginnie Hart: I found so much beauty in all the chipped external walls, Astrid. You almost don't want them to ever repaint them! Thanks!
  • alex
  • United States
  • 11 Dec 2007, 04:56
great colors here, ginnie! just stopped in to say hi....haven't been posting much, obviously, but i'll have some of matthew up this week!
Ginnie Hart: So glad to see you again, Alex! And that big boy of yours. OMG, he's growing!! Thanks for showing up again. smile
c'est un peu triste des fleurs en prison
Ginnie Hart: So perfectly put, O-P. Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Dec 2007, 06:44
You are rght, Ginnie- life (the owner cares very well for his/her flowers) and decay, but the colours are great: red, pink, blue, zelf on the beaten-up wall traces of paint! The closed windows are typical and in summertime- necessary in the mediterrenean towns.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought about the closed windows in that light, Philine. Thank you for that wee bit that takes some of the contradiction away for me!
  • Roland
  • France
  • 11 Dec 2007, 06:55
Lovely frame for this floral composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It IS a frame, isn't it! Thanks, Roland.
  • Ann
  • 11 Dec 2007, 07:57
Flowers in prison ... Do you know what was their crime ? I love Barcelona it's a wonderful place, a real cultural city. Ann
Ginnie Hart: We could really use our imagination on this one, Ann, for sure. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Dec 2007, 08:01
Cyclemen One of my favorite plants especially at christmas and some one has put them behind bars, how dare they!!! Flakey paint and chipped tiles and it looks like sandstone at the base of that building too. Great textures and colours Ginnie smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: You would know the name of the plants, Tracy! I didn't, so thanks for the added trivia. You would also have a keen interest in all the building trivia. You and Astrid both! smile Thanks.
Good one Ginnie. This image involved me instantly. It's got all the right range of facets. It's a traditional scene but one that you can't but enjoy. The bars for me are the icing on the cake. richard.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Richard. Thanks.
  • Shakara
  • London
  • 11 Dec 2007, 08:29
Very lovely shot .. it sure gets you thinking
Ginnie Hart: I guess that's what happened to me, Shakara. smile Thanks.
I see exactly what you mean, Ginnie! Great photograph - love all the different textures, especially the blue showing through on the peeling walls. This is a really engaging photograph. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roz. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Dec 2007, 09:30
I guess I am a bit thick, but I don't quite get the "contradiction" here, Ginnie.
What I do get is a beautifully composed "still life".

I feel like the whole image would be degraded if the tradesmen were called, and spent a day or so on the wall.
Ginnie Hart: You thick, Ray??? You of all people! It was the shaded window (which Philine says is because of the sun's heat) and the burglar bars, with "free" plants. That's all. You're a sweetheart. Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Dec 2007, 09:50
Yeah what's with incarcerating these beautiful flowers. Although they look very well taken care of. Nice find Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: And they look totally free and abandoned to the world, as though they do not know they're behind bars! Thanks, Scarlet.
I believe that you are right, Ginnie. He is contradictory to be corners like this in a great city, but simultaneously it demonstrates a special wealth! The photography and the scene are magnificent!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, José-Angel!
That way, they can't escape !! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, Flo, I suppose. smile Thanks.
soooo beautiful full of texture and color, this can ony be in Spain, ask our friend Jose, very very beautiful!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, José-Angel knows you are right! Thanks, Patrick!
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 11 Dec 2007, 11:50
You really get around!!! Lovely composition. What a story! Love and neglect. Great colours.
Ginnie Hart: It was a great cruise, Gale, remember? smile Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 11 Dec 2007, 11:57
The flowers are in jail. I wonder what their crime was...
Ginnie Hart: Yup, I wonder, too. They are totally oblivious, whatever it was. Thanks, Kathryn.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Dec 2007, 12:25
Kinda like reminds me of home. But we have the bars on the inside smile
Like the capture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're too funny, Deji. Thanks. smile
  • Chantal
  • Terheijden - The Netherlands
  • 11 Dec 2007, 12:46
great crop and dito framing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Can't really comment on this one. Nothing wrong with it as far as I can tell and it's not really moving to me.
Ginnie Hart: No one needs to be moved, of course, David. smile But thanks for commenting.
Everything has been said about contradictions Ginnie. I like the crop and the colours contrast
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Dec 2007, 17:45
When I was in Greece I saw similar layered (paintand/or stucco) walls, seemingly requiring maintenance. Going inside it could be a very elegant home.

Great picture full of colour.
Ginnie Hart: That would definitely be one of the contradictions, Louis! Thanks for that angle.
  • Ellie
  • in front of the fire
  • 11 Dec 2007, 18:49
Caged cyclamen! Maybe they were really expensive wink

I've learned how to grow cyclamen, at long last, they're among my favourite flowers
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I'd love to see a photo of yours, Ellie! Thanks.
  • John
  • San Anselmo
  • 11 Dec 2007, 18:55
A bundle of contradictions? Those are the best kind. For me Sweden (Malmo) was a bundle of contradictions. I loved Spain couldn't get enough of it.

I like the jailed in flowers. Yearning to be free. At least thats what I see.
Ginnie Hart: I see what you see, John. Thanks. smile
The first thing that caught my attention was the blue and red parts on each side of the window....Like your title and pic, a very good match smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel! smile
Barcelona! there I always wanted to go, tht they have 'geraniums there" I am surprised about thatsmileGood capture of this bar'flower.

Thanks 4 visting my blog, I posted photos from NL/Naarden,just come and look...

*DO you know that in Amsterdam is the biggest christmas tree ever? Eleven meters high..., The tree is on The DAM-square, if you are going there , bring your camera please? ( fro me?)
Ginnie Hart: They're Cyclamens, JoAnn, or so I have been told. And YES, while I was out-n-about yesterday, I saw that tree at the Dam TWICE! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Dec 2007, 20:46
Sorry, no "geraniums but cyclamen ("Alpenveilchen" in German)
Ginnie Hart: I know geraniums, Philine, so I could at least tell JoAnn they weren't THAT! smile I'm so proud of myself. Now I'll try to remember the name Cyclamen! Thanks again.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...been cold and frosty
  • 11 Dec 2007, 21:36
Great mix of colours and textures Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill.
  • Hywel
  • Dublin
  • 11 Dec 2007, 22:29
I had a hunch this was in Spain before I even read your description... must have been the blue tiles and 'spanish bars'. Excellent capture and framing smile
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just love it when you can tell, Hywel! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 11 Dec 2007, 22:46
This photo is beautiful. Sad in so many ways. So many stories to tell!
Ginnie Hart: Lots of stories to tell, I'm sure, Helen! Thanks.
Convict Plants, well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Maybe so, Les. smile Thanks.
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 13 Dec 2007, 01:10
The tile and flowers are definitely contradictory towards their surroundings, aren't they, Ginnie! What a great find!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 14 Dec 2007, 21:26
Sad thing to be a prisioner inside our own house...
not so sad to see your picture wink the wall has great paint patterns and the insolite window with its flowers and bars makes a great "story"
Ginnie Hart: Your words always lift my heart, dear Lina! Thank you.
Like the idea of contradictions here !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Zeb, for backtracking, as you always do! Thank you.

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