Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony


Harmony is an interesting word that allows your mind to wander to various parts of your life experiences. I thought of the beautiful house boats that line the many canals and the row houses that provide a backdrop for them in Amsterdam.

The row houses were originally built for wealthy bankers and merchants doing duty as both their home and their work space. The soil they were built on was so swampy they actually built them on stilts which over the years has caused them to move. They are now referred to as tilted or dancing houses. Amsterdam – it’s a wonderful destination.

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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27 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

  1. What a gorgeous shot with the reflections in the water!

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  2. Haha, a nice way to start the day with a pretty picture of ‘home’ xo Johanna

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Love this photo….especially the way reflections play off water. Perfect subject for your challenge.

    Great piece of history too. The two buildings behind the three windows on the boat really demonstrate the tilting or dancing houses. Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. LOL!!!

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    • It is a gorgeous country, and we had a wonderful visit. I’d have to be younger and in better shape to scoot around everywhere on a bike though so I guess I’ll stay right here in the good old USA with my car in the garage waiting me to hit the fob. 🙂 Have a good weekend.


  4. pbmgarden says:

    Interesting those houses still stand after shifting like that.

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  5. Dawn says:

    Beautiful memories of Amsterdam, Judy! I was fascinated to learn how the large hook at the top of the homes was used to hoist furniture up and in through the windows of these narrow homes! ♡

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  6. sue says:

    Thought it was time for an eye exam or an illusion of the lens you used. You find the most unique subjects to share, glad the text clarified. Thanks Judy

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    • I loved looking at the many houseboats we saw along the canals and my eyes were drawn to the rows of beautiful homes behind them. This time I thought I wasn’t seeing well either until the tour guide explained the reason. It made me smile posting it, and I’m glad you enjoyed it as well. Hope you have a great weekend, Sue. 🙂


  7. Joyce says:

    Beautiful photo with an interesting story! “Dancing houses!” I see you caught the one in the center in the act of swaying happily to the “music!” The “art teacher” in me responds to the harmony that results from repetition of one shape (for unity) in a range of sizes (for variety) – that’s why this photo is so pleasing!

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful photo, I would love to visit Amsterdam and in the spring to see the tulip fields!

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  9. Tina Schell says:

    How fun! Have never heard of these but they’re wonderful. Great choice for the challenge.

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  10. I want to go there! I lover the idea of dancing houses!

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  11. Judy, I love the way you set up the photo, with the vertical lines of the buildings and the horizontal lines of the boat. The reflections are beautiful and the whole thing just marvelous. Any doors? 🙂


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  12. germac4 says:

    Yes, I love your clear photos too, the whole scene looks wonderful…the houses quite magical. However we did stay in a slopping old cottage in England and I did feel as if I was sleeping in a ship!

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  13. That picture looks remarkably like a miniature train layout my son built. I love it.

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  15. I love these houses Judy. They seem to have a ‘ginger-bread’ quality about them! Thank you for sharing a bit of Amsterdam with us.

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  16. KerryCan says:

    I remember seeing and hearing about these houses when I visited Amsterdam, too. What a perfect photo to capture their look!

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  18. Grandma Kc says:

    I wonder what it is like inside those homes? Are the floors tilted or have they leveled them? They sure are beautiful.

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  19. Laurie Graves says:

    Harmony, indeed!

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