“Winter at Parker Mill”

This image is of historic Parker Mill during the wintertime. The Mill was originally built in 1873, and at that time was used to grind flour and corn for the Parker family and their neighbors. In 1887 a second building was added to press apples into cider.

It is one of the historic treasures of Washtenaw County located in Ann Arbor Michigan. The grist mill is still in operable condition and also still has the original milling machinery that was left in it when the Parker family stopped operation in 1958.

On weekends in the fall you can tour the mill, and talk to the really knowledgeable and helpful guides as you watch the grain being ground. If you ask, they will also give you a small bag of ground corn to put out for the wild birds in your yard!

There’s something so special about old buildings like these. One of the first things to me is the heavy scent of old wood. There’s nothing quite like it!! Another thing is just imagining how the people who built, owned and used the mill were. What they did,and how their lives were!

To me I find it so wonderful that places like this are still preserved for future generations to see, learn about and enjoy. Especially a place like Parker Mill, which is still in working condition!!

As you can see, it’s quite a beautiful place with it’s huge and colorful stones as the foundation, and a light mustard yellow colored wood on top.

It is beautiful in any season, but I like it especially well in winter, when nothing obscures the view! Enjoy! 🙂

-Winter at Parker Mill-

“Entrance Doubled”

For something a little different tonight. I decided to go a little overboard in processing this image, just for fun!
I did a little photo walk on my own not long ago, and just went walking around a town taking in the scenes, and getting some shots here and there of whatever caught my eye.
I really liked the doors here, as well as the beautiful brick work, and architecture. All of it being an historic building.
For some reason when I was processing this I just felt like taking it out of what I normally do, which is good for a change. I feel it really brings out the brick work! I wanted to bring out the doors too in a different way, but I’ll plan that when I go back and process it again!
I hope you like it, and can get a feel for the structure, historic feel, and mood! BTW, it was freezing that day, but without snow! 🙂

Double Doors Doubled!!
Double Doors Doubled!!

“Forgotten Spiral”

I love spiral staircases, and don’t often see them. The huge lavish type are a whole different story. I hope to see some of those and photograph them some day!!
These spirals are from an historic lighthouse, a lovely old one, and are really showing their age. The metal spiral stairs that were at one time painted a bright white have become rusty, well worn and dirty over time.
I decided to process this image in keeping with the total feeling of the lighthouse. It brings out even more of that beautiful old historic and worn feel!

The beauty of old spiral stairs!
The beauty of old spiral stairs!