Saturday, March 20, 2010

(Day 79) A bit of local history

Many communities in Ontario were centred around waterways. These provided means of transportation as well as the necessary power to operate machinery, especially in the days before electricity. Usually one of the first establishments was a mill. Pictured below is the waterway that powered the Lyn Mill, which was built around 1784 by United Empire Loyalists. It was fed by local lakes, and the water supply for the mill was controlled by a number of dams. The mill went out of business in 1934 after a 150-year existence.

(18-55mm  f22  1/8 sec  ISO100)

11 comments:

imac said...

Most interesting and a great capture.


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M. Hassan said...

Great shot. Amazing aperture and shutter speed. Love the contrast of the wall on the right.

M. Hassan said...

Chosen as my followers shot of the day. Congrat ;)

Rick said...

@imac - thank you for your comment, and for linking to my blog. I looked at your Northern Lights - very creative - almost like making a silk purse out of a sow's ear! :)

Rick said...

@M - thank you. And I'm honoured to be chosen for your followers' shot of the day!

darlin said...

Wow, amazing photo Rick! That's a long time for a mill to be in existence, interesting bit of history.

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you. Apparently the mill was rebuilt a few times as it was expanded and modernized, but yes, 150 years for a business is pretty good.

joey said...

Interesting, Rick, and similar history here in Michigan. Happy Spring!

Rick said...

@joey - thanks (but I bet the mills there weren't built by United Empire Loyalists! :-)

Krista said...

What a lovely shot! I can feel the spray of the water on my face. :o)

Rick said...

@Krista - thank you. That would feel refreshing in the summer, but pretty cold right now :)