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Out to Pasture

Now that we're in Zürich this week, I can't tell you how glad I am to be retired (again)!
Starbucks taught me that "this old gray mare ain't what she used to be!"

And I'm 10 years older than this aging beauty
seen in our North Georgia mountains this past Sunday!

[Today I'm in Zürich, Switzerland, returning to Atlanta on Sunday.]
And part of the decaying process is that I forget to set this for the right date before I went to bed last night!  HA!

Out to Pasture

Now that we're in Zürich this week, I can't tell you how glad I am to be retired (again)!
Starbucks taught me that "this old gray mare ain't what she used to be!"

And I'm 10 years older than this aging beauty
seen in our North Georgia mountains this past Sunday!

[Today I'm in Zürich, Switzerland, returning to Atlanta on Sunday.]
And part of the decaying process is that I forget to set this for the right date before I went to bed last night!  HA!

comments (68)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Nov 2008, 06:35
tongue love this one....enjoying it's own autumn, geweldige foto..
later more....
Ginnie Hart: There's a reason why they say we're in our "sunset years," Musketeer! grin Down but never out!

As you know, I forgot to set this to the right date before I went to bed last night. Oh well...part of the decaying process, I guess. smile
  • Donica
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 06:36
This was a great find on our trip to the mountains last weekend.

I am glad you are retired again too...good to have you in Zurich...finding all the great sites to see and then giving me the abbreviated tour after work..THANKS smile

Clearly, you have taken much better care of yourself than the owner of this beauty did...what a shame for the car...left out to pasture.

Looking forward to your Zurich finds!!
Ginnie Hart: I HOPE I have taken better care of myself than this grand dame of a car! At least some of the parts aren't as rusty. smile Thanks for your vote of confidence.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 07:13
What a find and your capture and processing is gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Sherri. I sure felt I had found a treasure when I saw this!
Gorgeous, look at all that rust, this would keep me occupied all day, if I was retiredwink
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Nigel. I had visions of all you guys at SC being enthralled! grin
I wonder if it will ever be restored...looks a bit far gone! I know how it feelsgrin
Ginnie Hart: Too many of us know how it feels, Bill, I'm afraid. But I did feel better once I found out I'm 10 years older and looking a bit better than this. grin Of course, I don't sit out in the sun and rain all day long....
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2008, 08:11
Oh yes, Astrid is right: "enjoying its own autumn", but also a feeling like " Ach, du lieber Augustin,/Alles ist hin!" (old glory passed by)- but never never for you, don't hide your light under your bushel- your (and my) age is a good one, isn't it! I'm glad you can now enjoy Zürich, een geweldige stad, the lake, the houses along the Limmat, the Leckerlis- I wish you a good time to get recreated again (in more than one meaning) !
Ginnie Hart: The autumn of our lives...the sunset years...I love it, Philine, and feel very lucky to be where I am at this time in my life. It IS a good age. I wouldn't exchange it for any other.

I am ready to go out along the Limmat again today...no sun but at least it's not raining and I have already captured some wonderful scenes since arriving yesterday. I'm in heaven (once again)!
Oh! Ginnie! You are my great favourite traveller! I am going to begin to immediately imagine the impressive photos of beautiful landscapes that you are going to bring from Switzerland while I enjoy this old soaked car of the spirit of the autumn!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, José Angel, back to traveling again and I love it. This is where I feel I'm in heaven, finding new places on earth! There are so many things to see and capture everywhere we go!
  • BoB
  • Italy
  • 13 Nov 2008, 08:56
amazing rusty tones, love the sepia virage
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Luca, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Ada
  • Candy hills and strawberry fields
  • 13 Nov 2008, 08:57
yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy it's ginnie!!!! Lovely symbolism..lol..
Ginnie Hart: Where've you been, Girl???? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2008, 10:00
Looks like this one has had its "Bonnie & Clyde" moment. Out to pasture indeed ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Mike.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2008, 10:01
She has grown old gracefully - not afraid to show how the years have altered her. If only we could accept growing old as gracefully! Anyway, we are only as old as we feel and hopefully you will be feeling restored again soon. Love the image Ginnie - she looks at one with her surroundings.
Ginnie Hart: It's so funny, Ingrid, because when I was in my 20s and 30s, I always wanted to be in my 50s and 60s. I LOVED that age...and still do. Now I actually think I'll love the 70s...but I still have a few more years in the 60s to enjoy before then. smile Every day I'm feeling better and better. A couple of people who hac=ve seen me say I am looking "normal" again. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 Nov 2008, 10:15
After a few night shifts I'm feeling a bit like this old girl. Fantastic capture Ginnie.
Enjoy your travels.
Ginnie Hart: My few night shifts AND the early mornings, when I had to get up at 3:30a to be there by 4:45a, just about did me in, Aussie. I kept saying, "I'm over this!" smile Thanks. I know what you're feeling.
great capture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands UK
  • 13 Nov 2008, 10:42
Well Ginnie I can vouch for you not looking like this clapped out old bangergrin
You are still fit , healthy and going strongsmile
No need for repair just yet Musketeersmile
Have a great day mijn vreind.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You've made my day, Tracy! smile
Very nice shot Ginni. If you go to my site and search for Ambassador and Fiat, you will find shots of cars in similar condition
Ginnie Hart: Even some of us women enjoy stuff like this, Navin. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Nov 2008, 11:09
Looks like she has been retired for a while, Ginnie. You have helped her to retain a dignified look, though.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks nicely said, Ray. Thanks a million. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden (SWE)
  • 13 Nov 2008, 11:20
One can find the most strange things in the woods smile Love the color and tone in this.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Frida, it was almost creepy, truth be known. :|
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2008, 11:56
That body needs a lot of work lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, it does, Vintage. Is it beyond hope???
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 13 Nov 2008, 12:18
wow! great traveling shot.
like the tones and the way you captured it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Arash!
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 12:53
wow.. that's a great find.. i like the toning in this one.. excellent shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. It sure was fun to see. smile
Your treatment of this old beauty has really emphasised the rust colour on this Ginnie. Hope you are enjoying your break, are we going to see some nice Switzerland pictures soon I wonder.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Brian. You KNOW you're gonna see pictures of Switzerland. Do bears poop in the woods??? grin
A great piece of rust Ginnie. Welcome back into returement!
Ginnie Hart: What is it about rust, Bernie!!! It's like a magnet for cameras. smile Thanks.
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 14:15
Heavenly, love the rust and the choice of processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Robin. I think we're all gluttons for rust, when you come down to it! smile
  • Dr A. W!
  • the states
  • 13 Nov 2008, 14:16
sweeet shot gin smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww, shucks. Thanks, DrAW. smile
  • The tranquility of a contented soul
  • 13 Nov 2008, 14:18
Magnificent decay, regal rust. A joy on the eyes. You've processed this brilliantly smile
Ginnie Hart: I had a feeling a lot of you guys in particular would like this, Paul. grin Some of us ladies like it, too.
Superb capture with beautiful colours. The decay seems so natural!
Ginnie Hart: Come to think of it, Richard, I guess decay IS natural!
Very poignant considerimng the current economic climate, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, Chad! You are so right. I never even thought of that!
Now that would be a fantastic restoration project. Some customisers would simply lightly sand this car, keeping what is left of the paint and the glorious colour of the rust, and then laquer over it. I can understand why they find the idea appealing. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: We SCers would have a great heyday with it, Roz, wouldn't we! smile
  • david
  • uk
  • 13 Nov 2008, 15:20
i love old cars like this...i love the way time has toned it to fit in with the landscape.
Ginnie Hart: It has definitely become one with nature, David. Thanks.
The car has a beautiful patina of age.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Michael. Thanks.
Gently rusting away amongst the foliage, a fine study in decay Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope we all can decay as gently, Les!
Some body should give this to the out going President Ginnie.Nice pic.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You sure gave me a good laugh, Michael!!!! grin
  • namaki
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2008, 17:01
a great shot ! even the car is wearing an autumnal dress !
it stays there like a symbol of this decayed system ... time to go green !!!
Ginnie Hart: It certainly has become one with Nature, Namaki!
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 17:17
I love the earthy tones. Wonderful shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Nov 2008, 18:32
Later more.........I came back....I made this a likey, love this rusted car in its surrounding....
Autumn in is full glory, for me.
Ginnie Hart: You always know how to make my day, of course, Astrid. Ontzettend bedankt, altijd.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 19:27
smile Georgia mountains are full of such treasures, aren't they? I love walking through deserted farms. All this abandoned rusty equipment, falling apart houses and barns have an irresistable appeal, though I always have a sense of sadness after all.
Ginnie Hart: I know exactly what you mean, Viktor. I feel the same way.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Nov 2008, 19:40
A grey mare with bay colouring - man you just live and learn.

Somehow this picture reminds me of the state of global economy - beats me why, but it does. Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: I can definitely see your point, Louis, about the global economy. Sigh. Let's hope restoration is possible!
Many people find these old cars parked in the woods very facinating....me included

The man made object is slowly changing into nature...maybe that is part of the facination...and of course the shape of the old cars...and the dream of what used to be...

I like this picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I think we all are mesmerized by this sort of thing, especially in the context of nature, Akzel. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2008, 21:12
Ginnie, incredible job ... on this onw works all, sharpness, deepness toning ..very fine hands on the treatment!!!!
Ginnie Hart: You always make my day, Klaus. Thanks again.
Lovely composition, capture and PP. Shame they don't build cars like this any more. This is certainly one from an age gone by.
Ginnie Hart: An age gone by indeed, Fotografa!
I hope you have a great time in Switzerland. And Ginnie you're not what you used to be you're simply more knowledgeable and wise.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Your flattery will get you everywhere, Albert! smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2008, 23:30
elle est de toute beauté cette voiture !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem la, for stopping by and commenting.
Hope you got enough coffee to keep you happy for awhile before you retired :o) I like the tones in your image.
Ginnie Hart: HA! One pound a week is a lot of coffee, Jennie. A great perk!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2008, 00:04
Great find! Love the peeling paint and textures. Love this!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Marcie. It was a great find.
I think this car is growing old gracefully Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I think so, too, Chris!
What a find, and what a beautiful car! Could we get it and restore it??
Ginnie Hart: If only we could, Wim! Wouldn't that be fun!!!
merveille des merveilles!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, too, O-P. Merci.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2008, 16:45
retired again, from what sweet one? Remember, classics even old classics can be restored eh! grin
Ginnie Hart: It was a short stint at Starbucks, Johnny...1-1/2 months...and a long story. In that regard, I do NOT want to be restored. smile But being retired again does feel good.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2008, 19:07
Wonderful composition and processing. Like abandoned houses, I can just imagine the trips this one made. Holidays, shops, hospitals. Let us hope we are not as disposable with our people as we are with our possessions!

Enjoy your travels!
Ginnie Hart: I so much agree, Martie. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Nov 2008, 21:10
this is unbelievably cool... love rust...
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Sam. Thanks.
  • mary
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2008, 22:41
Ginnie, this is amazing! As always, I love your processing. smile
Ginnie Hart: And as always, Mary, you're a sweetheart! Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 15 Nov 2008, 02:23
This car ain't old... it's seasoned! wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Larry. smile
  • namaki
  • France
  • 15 Nov 2008, 12:06
Hi Ginnie ! I wish to offer you the Premio Dardos Award I have received from mamadomi... it's on my blog, you can come and get it ! ;-)
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Namaki. Thank you!
Hey Ginnie, I somehow lost track of you for a bit, so I thought I'd drop by.

Now, that is a '56 Ford. I was 9 when that was made. It looks a bit better than me smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought it was a '55 Ford, John. That's what Donica figured out...but if it's a '56, it's still in the same ballpark. OLD! smile
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 15 Nov 2008, 14:39
I like this picture,Ginnie.
Even I waas thinking about the same theme yesterday.
Ginnie Hart: Same minds think alike, Kavita. smile
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 15 Nov 2008, 22:36
This old car is a great find. I like your processing and the warm tones.
Ginnie Hart: It was a photographer's delight, Carsten! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2008, 00:51
I really adore this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Kanyi.
I'll bet this car has seen some fine moments! I can visualize tough teenage boys cruisin' around looking for girls with bee-hive hairdos, or for other guys ready to have a drag race to the drive-in burger joint two miles down the boulevard - if they don't get stopped by the cops first! Really great capture, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I love those thoughts, Patrushka. Those were the days, weren't they. smile
A likey !!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: You made my day, Zeb!
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 16 Nov 2008, 23:57
great find Ginnie! the pp is superb as always. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Claire. Thanks.
  • Ilger.nl
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Nov 2008, 18:44
Very nice....that's is why you should always take your camera smile
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Ilger. Precies! smile
Old cars can be a part of creating a more beautiful forest park. Beatutiful, Ginnie. Regard from Yogyakarta City Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: Sorry I missed this, Bram, but you are so right. We all end up becoming one with Nature, it seems! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 1 Dec 2008, 19:52
gringrin Great title Ginnie! AS usual your processing is at its best. Time becomes rust but Autumn will give place to another Spring...
Ginnie Hart: There is always the hope for Spring to come, indeed, Lina! Thank you.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Dec 2008, 12:34
How wonderful.

I have a few like this in my archive and they're all from the southern states - NC, SC and GA. I must travel more and make a collection of them.
Ginnie Hart: You could make a coffee-table art book of them, Colin!
  • Stormy
  • Australia
  • 11 Jan 2009, 16:16
I love these type of shots with the decay of man being overtaken by nature...when I try it just looks like junk in the bush. great Shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: I think we're all drawn to stuff like this, Stormy, but I'm not sure why! Maybe we know it's symbolic of our own aging process?? smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Roya
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2009, 15:19
hi ,nice shot....
Wow - an object of desire. I'm always on the lookout for such stuff. Nice details.
Ginnie Hart: It's always fun to find, isn't it, Thomas!! smile
  • Oscar
  • Spain
  • 4 Oct 2009, 12:01
Very sad that a beauty like this, is abandoned. deserves to be restored.

Good light.nice and cute
Ginnie Hart: But at least she was outstanding in her field, Oscar. grin Gracias.

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