Mill gear wheel

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Comments (20)

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 27, 2007

That's a splendid shot, Ryan!

The piece of the wheel, finding quite a new and unusual use as part of a photo composition together with the pool and the reflection of a sad tree. Sad, because of the waste water and the tiny gas bubbles coming to the surface, telling about the things, which have been dumped into the water. I like the frame of the wheel, which continuous faintly into the pool. Maybe there was an insect to cause the little ribbles on the left. Great photo! - May :)

Ryan Calhoun on August 27, 2007

Thanks, May! I couldn't believe this when I found it. I saw some stone ruins, and was pushing through the trees to get there, and came out into a clearing to see this. There were tiny dragonflies and crickets and frogs all over, none of whom would stay still, so there's no telling just who caused the ripples.

Actually, I don't think this is pollution in the water. This used to be the main path of the river through the mill wheel, but now it's blocked off and is a standing pool off to the side of the river. I've been here on other days after, and I think this is just the natural process of decomposition and maybe fermentation of all the plant and algae matter that accumulates here.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 28, 2007

Ryan, you are great to discover these hidden places. They tell such a lot of the past of these places. I love to read not only from books, but as well from people, objects, houses, sceneries and stones, what they have to tell, if one only listens to them. Dearest greetings, May :)

Ryan Calhoun on August 28, 2007

Hello, May. Thank you very much for all your comments. The areas I'm taking these photos has absolutely nothing show up on Google Earth. I just like to fill in the gaps. But it's absolutely wonderful that they're interesting to people from other places as well! (Not to mention across an ocean).

Your neighbor, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 29, 2007

Ryan, what is an ocean in today's world, since we know, that we live on the same planet? I am glad you fill in the gaps, because I think, it's essential to know each other's surroundings to get a better understanding among people. Your neighbour, May

Ryan Calhoun on August 29, 2007

And you've just hit upon the great paradox of our time! Things seem to grow smaller and closer as we move faster and faster...on the ground, through the air... But the only way to appreciate things is to step aside from the flow and slow down, in essence dropping back into the time and pace of life when these objects were first created. And in that frame of mind, my dear May, an ocean is a whole world away!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 29, 2007

Ryan, I couldn't agree more with you, except that I wasn't talking about the geographic distance. You certainly know by now, that I deeply appreciate ingenious craftmanship, that I wish to understand what stories are behind things. I think it's a pity, if objects are just dumped away, left to oblivion,like these iron work parts, it's not only a waste of material, but also a neglicence of industrial history and of estimation for the people who created these objects.

It's not the ocean (geography) which divides. There are persons living next door maybe, which, what the mentality concerns, are more than an ocean apart, on the other hand, there can be persons living hundreds, thousands miles away, on other continents and in spite of it, I maybe feel closer to them as to people living nearby.

Since we have this wonderful possibility to communicate with people all around the world, oceans or origins don't matter, as long as we understand each other as individuals. I am passionate of getting to know people and their surroundings to understand and to understand even more, to cross the ocean in a metaphorical sense. - May

Ryan Calhoun on August 29, 2007

Oceans of the mind! I agree, of course. My comment above was only half the story (I just liked my last sentence so much that I decided not to finish!) ;-)

May, I think your appreciation of things and places, your ability to slow down to yesterday's pace, is a wonderful balance with the life and times today. The ability to live in the present but at will step into the past is a priceless gift.

And of course you're right, distance doesn't matter today. When the medium of choice is satellites and cables, and we can transmit images and words (and with them smells and feelings and memories), the only oceans left are the oceans of the mind.

I'm happy to cross this ocean with you. :-) Ryan

Richard Ryer on August 30, 2007

Greetings Ryan and May, Thanks for the posting and the wonderful and insightful discussion. It really is a nice photograph. It reminds me of many of the mining relics left in the Rocky Mountains, ghosts telling stories of past efforts of men trying to make a living. Thanks for sharing.



Ryan Calhoun on August 30, 2007

Thank you, Rich, for visiting. These leftovers here are the last remains of the mill for which the town of Byrne's Mill is named. It's part of the Byrne's Mill City Park, which is really just a parking lot for fishing in the river. The mill site itself is so overgrown that you have to walk right into it before you even know it's there.

I've hiked in the Rockies and the Tetons, though not as extensively as you, and found some interesting things. They like to hide always around the next bend, encouraging you to hike just a little farther.

Cheers, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 30, 2007

Thank you Ryan, nice to have you, others and me crossing oceans together, oceans, which unite more than divide.

Thank you Rich, for your greetings and joining the discussion across the ocean.

…and what have we found out? - All three of us and Bruce and probably many others are eager to discover what is behind the next bend. That's most possibly what is required to be interested in taking photographs.

So, we might go off to the most interesting and awarding adventure - discover the world of others in all senses. :-) Dear greetings, May

ANDRE GARDELLA on September 11, 2007

I have enjoyed very much your collection of photos. Even though I like very much the sophisticated simplicity of Ripples and the well framed sky reaching Arch (first angle), my first yellow star goes to your Mill gear wheel photo with its beautiful touch of Impressionism and its perfect composition. This discarded man made object that seems to refuse so elegantly to disappear so it can be remembered for what it was and what it could still be. This shot tells much about the owner of the eyes that saw beauty where one would not expect to find it. Warm greetings from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Ryan Calhoun on September 11, 2007

Thank you, Andre, for your kind words. And thanks for the star as well!

Arma Angers on September 15, 2007

great picture, I'm glad someone selected it for panoramio elections 2007. Greetings and good luck from that place !

Ryan Calhoun on September 15, 2007

Thanks, armagnac!

Ryan Calhoun on October 23, 2007

Thanks John. The water isn't polluted, though. All the major waterways of Jefferson County are listed free of major pollutants, and the Big River is listed as "very good" quality through Cedar Hill not far away. Rockford Beach and Byrne's Mill Park are both popular spots for swimming and fishing. This pool is very slow flowing, very wide and shallow, almost still as the river flows by on its new course. Not much flows out, but nothing flows in either, and the only things in the water are decaying plants, which can naturally produce carbons, hydrocarbons, methane, and release any plant oils that don't decompose. I'm pretty sure the slight film on the water is just a natural byproduct.

(Most of the industries that release chemicals into river water would be closer to St. Louis, and the Mississippi.)

Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 24, 2007

Thank you John, for having followed our dialog! I think that's a great opportunity on Panoramio to send one's thoughts and reflections across the globe and find individual PEOPLE instead of citizens of another nation!

Greetings, May

Byrne Descendent on January 10, 2008

Hi Ryan. Your photo brought back memories of my childhood when I would wander the banks of the Big River near the ruins of my great-grandfather's flour mill. I have shared the photo with my siblings and mother. As a hild much more of the grinding wheel was visible - the wheel and the pole but not so much left now.

Ryan Calhoun on January 11, 2008

Hello! It's wonderful to hear from a real member of the Byrne family! The name certainly carries a lot of weight, at least historically, around the area. I found these ruins fascinating, and I'm glad I was able to explore the property as part of Byrnes Mill park. Of course, I'd much rather have seen the mill still standing, maybe even operating the way the Burfordville mill still is today.

Thanks for commenting! Ryan

Epi F.Villanueva on June 28, 2008

Very nice, I like the water mills v.much.Saludos from Spain.Epi

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