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I was initiated into the world of f. stops and shutter speeds at an early age by my father when he gave me my first camera. Until I was in Kindergarten, he developed and printed his own photos, but at that time he began using that relatively new photographic product Kodachrome because he loved the rich colour it gave, even though he disliked losing the control he had enjoyed in the darkroom. I supposed I received an informal photographic education as I watched him carefully frame his shots, and, for example, photograph tulips with the sunlight coming through them because the colour was more intense that way. ---------- In 1957 I began to use slide film, too, and a year later I received an amazing gift from a family friend: a trip to Europe, upon the occasion of my university graduation. In Germany I bought my first SLR (a Contaflex) at a time when they were fairly new on the popular market. Also on that trip, one of my travel companions gave a not entirely welcome boost to my informal photographic education: frequently when I raised my viewfinder to my eye, he would say disdainfully, "You aren't going to take a picture of THAT, are you?" Sometimes I did and sometimes I didn't, but his implied criticism raised my photographic consciousness. I realize now that I had assumed that an amateur photographer should record every sight of interest or significance whether or not this produced a good image. His comments started me along the long road of discerning what my photography was all about. Gradually over the decades I became less a reporter and more a seeker of images. ---------- At first I resisted digital photography because of my loyalty to the colours of slide film, but in 2004 I got my first digital camera. I was a quick convert to the editing that it made possible: now I could have colour AND control! ---------- Although my photographic interest and activity has gone back many decades, it was always only a minor theme in my life story. Born and educated in the United States, I moved to Canada when I married a Canadian. I have taught religious studies in colleges in the USA and Canada, worked in a church archives, and written articles and books mainly in the area of women and the church. I am now writing a biography of an interesting, feisty woman! But my husband's retirement has enabled us to travel a great deal in recent years, and this has given a great boost to my photographic interest and activity. ---------- I'm sorry this is so long. Thank you if you persisted!

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Woodson's Mill was built around 1820 but the date the dam was constructed is unknown. The pond is named after Dr. George Fleming one of the early owners of the mill. One of the first owners was named David Thompson (1820); and; the name changed with each successive owner (Coleman, Fleming, Woody, Talley, Anthony, Crank, Woodson, Woodson, Moody (1971).It was reportedly purchased/inherited from WB Woodson by his son, Calvin J Woodson, around 1915 and operated as a flour and wheat mill until the 1950s. The "millers" house was built across the street where the Woodson's lived for many years (the family cemetery is at the back of the property). The Hugh E. Joyce family purchased the mill in 1972 from Maurice F. Moody, (Woodson’s son-in-law). The Joyce family used it for both recreation and as an art studio for Mrs. Joyce until her death in 1992. Mrs. Joyce was instrumental in getting the street and mill to carry the Woodson name, although locals often refer to this as Flemings Mill and Pond on the Little River. She had new windows, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and electricity installed to support her art work. Mr. Joyce died in 2005. Mr. & Mrs. Joyce are buried in the Woodson family plot behind the miller’s house. Portions of the original miller’s house are reported to have been built in 1790, although we have not been able to document the actual date. The miller's house was expanded by the Joyce family in the 1990s with new construction resembling the 1840-1870 original miller's house. The property has a 2 room “bunkhouse” and a horse barn that was restored this past year (2015). The mill has not been in operation for grinding corn or wheat for 60 years; although the Joyce’s restored parts of the mill close to 40 years ago, it has fallen into an unstable condition from water, wind, and termite damage. There are hundreds of wasp nests throughout the interior and quite a few snakes that have taken up residence over the years. Windows have fallen out and there are many holes in the walls that allow for water intrusion. The structural integrity has declined over the years making it unsafe to walk safely through the 3 story structure. Floor boards have decayed and support beams have broken in several places. My wife and I purchased the mill and home 2 years ago and placed many warning signs up to reduce the risk of injury to visitors, given the hazardous state of the property. Engineering studies have been done recently and restoration work will begin this summer (2016) and should take 2-3 years. Restoration will start with strengthening the rock foundation in several locations as the first phase. Once the foundation is firm, the second phase of replacing support beams will begin. The third phase will focus on replacement of siding and windows. We’re looking for a water wheel to replace the one that has been lost over the years. We appreciate the interest that so many have in Woodson's Mill but cannot allow visitors given the weakened condition of the structure both externally and internally. We are members of the Society for the Restoration of Antique Mills.

Thank you Adem and Micky!

Hi Wingertsknorze and Roberto, thanks so much for your lovely comments and the LIKE from you Roberto.

Greetings from New Zealand, John

Interesting monument and great photo,I Like

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Linda imagem

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Hi, Andreutza

very beautiful capture L&F

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Wunderschöner Sonnenuntergang, klasse Motiv. L&F. Viele liebe grüße aus Bamberg von TOMBER.

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Beautiful photography and a large frame, magnificent view of the Auditorio de Tenerife

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