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photoblog image Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: The White House

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: The White House

No"nukular" speeches,

no oil-stained 30 pieces of Silver,

no greed, no lies, no incompetence,

no in-your-face screaming ignorance...

Total calm, peace and silence...

An occasional seagull squabble,

a distant knocking of a shrimp boat now and then...

A quiet whisper of breeze through the coastal reeds...

Even though it is so plebeianly simple,

I prefer this White House to the real one.

Sketches from the Forgotten Coast: The White House

No"nukular" speeches,

no oil-stained 30 pieces of Silver,

no greed, no lies, no incompetence,

no in-your-face screaming ignorance...

Total calm, peace and silence...

An occasional seagull squabble,

a distant knocking of a shrimp boat now and then...

A quiet whisper of breeze through the coastal reeds...

Even though it is so plebeianly simple,

I prefer this White House to the real one.

comments (17)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Mar 2008, 08:01
A wonderful suggestive reflection and description leading to the pic! "Total calm, peace and silence...", yes, it is right and I would like to add: The 'colour' white of the wooden shed signalize for me a feeling of absolute pureness and innocence -even as the bright blue of the sky without any cloud- and of the sea. But there is no absolute pureness possible, the white of the metal roof is already fading and looks a bit 'dirty'- no abslute idyll- "paradise lost'!
vz-nostalgia: "suggestive reflection"? I think, I was damn brutal in my description, Ms. Philine! "There is no absolute pureness" in this white house. Well, maybe so. But the only color I see in the current White House is oily black. smile
  • mal
  • 4 Mar 2008, 09:28
I bet no wars have been started from this white house!... mal
vz-nostalgia: you won the bet, mal! smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Mar 2008, 10:30
very nicely articulated sentiments, VZ.

I would like to think, as well, that many generations of adolescents have engaged in a little harmless hanky-panky in these environs...not the abused cigar mode, but the breathless, wide-eyed, "show me yours and I'll show you mine" equality of experience kind.
vz-nostalgia: ha-ha-ha, Ray. "abused cigar mode". That was a pretty innocent trick compared to the nowadays "mode" in the White House, which is "give us yours, otherwise we'll show you..." smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 4 Mar 2008, 11:04
This is my kind of white house.
vz-nostalgia: Welcome to the club, Ms. Aussie. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Mar 2008, 12:54
I like the fact that you have left a lot of empty space in this image - it compliments the rustic simplicity of the little white house perfectly.
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: An empty space in photography is like silence between the notes in music. Not many composers could use it wisely. Eric Satie was one of them. Keith Jarrett is another one. Not that I put myself next to these two giants. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2008, 14:20
I like the straightforward composition that emphasizes the good color contrast.
vz-nostalgia: Yep. I was pretty damn straightforward with this post. I'm a straightforward guy, period. I guess that's why I always get in trouble. smile
It's not so much the White House as the idiot currently in residence!
This white house is a great symbol for the peace most of us really want to see
vz-nostalgia: The symbol of the White House represents whoever currently resides in it, Bill. Be it a plain idiot, or a careless lecherous womanizer. smile
excellent
vz-nostalgia: I think so too, Ms. Alicia. You're very laconic today. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 5 Mar 2008, 02:41
What a serene place. You know, VZ, all things considered and being equal, I much prefer living in a simple house like this to most other options. We are in agreement on that.
vz-nostalgia: Well, I wasn't exactly talking about me living in this house, when I said I prefer this white house to the real one. smile But the place is serene and we spend a blissful quiet week in this area every year .
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 6 Mar 2008, 00:29
Love the big, empty sky and the richness of the green in the plants around the little white house.
vz-nostalgia: add to this a fragile silence and you'll understand why we love the Forgotten Coast so much. Ms. Jewlya. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 Mar 2008, 00:39
Right about now, Viktor, the simplicity of this White House is to be coveted! God have mercy!
vz-nostalgia: God had no mercy on us for the past eight years, Ms. Ginnie. What gives you hope He will have this time? Most of the DeBolt voting machines will not have a printed paper trail feature!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Mar 2008, 22:41
A lot to think about and a subject on which I have opinions, meaning I have been thinking a lot about -isms lately. I will not clutter this blog with it tonight, in the meantime I am following the race to the White House to see if sanity will prevail.

Excellent composition and colour contrasts.
vz-nostalgia: oh Louis. You're welcome to clutter my blog tonight, tomorrow or any time you have the urge to clutter. The sanity will not prevail until the money will not be removed from the election process. I have no illusions in this regard. This time it will be not oil money, but different money. I can clutter my own blog on this...but I won't.
Glad you like the picture and saw more then a good composition and pretty colors.
  • Tony
  • US
  • 7 Mar 2008, 13:28
Love, love, love this picture. Where was it taken?
vz-nostalgia: Glad you do, Tony, as I do too. This was taken in a small town of Apalachicola, in Northern Florida. We usually spend a week every year in the area.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Mar 2008, 21:01
Viktor, we just came back from a place you discribed, we (my husband and I) were at the island of Texel, out of season, the way we like...peace and quiet (no loud Dutch and German grin) this picture of you brought me right back to the place we left saterday, but we wil be there in 8 weeks....can hardly wait.
I love the bright blue sky...
and I do hope the white house will get the right people living it for the next 4 years....
vz-nostalgia: I see we're on the same wave length on this topic, Ms. Astrid.
  • Beth
  • Atlanta
  • 11 Mar 2008, 13:27
I think this is one of my favorites Viktor. Something about being by the water and vast amounts of sky make me feel secure; like I can breathe. (unlike the man in the BIG white house)
vz-nostalgia: So glad you like it, Ms. Beth. And don't worry about the little man in the Big White House. He's breathing all right. I'm sure, he doesn't even comprehend what kind of damage he's done to this country, and how much time (maybe a generation) and effort it will take to repair it.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 15 Mar 2008, 14:54
With such a white house...with such a speech...you have my vote ( and you don't even had to run for elections smile)
vz-nostalgia: With such a comment, you earned yourself a prominent position in my future government, Ms. L. Reis. smile
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 23 Mar 2008, 20:22
Having just paid my first ever visit to D.C., I think I prefer this version. Strong composition - bold to leave all that blue sky.
vz-nostalgia: If you think this sky is bold, Ian, wait till you see this one
http://nostalgia.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Zyryality:_Still_Dreaming_/ smile
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