Monday, June 18, 2012

Return to the Silk Mill

IMG_1102, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.
Donna took me to the mill for Father's Day last weekend. We met up with the gang for diner Saturday and spent the night in Cumberland. This may have been my last trip to shoot at the mill. I didn't do hardly any iPhone work the last visit back in the winter and thought I might do some this time around. All of the images in this post are iPhone. I'm looking forward to processing the big boy camera images.

The top image was taken in the lower level of a scene that others, including Tony Sweet, had set up.

Outside of the mill are these interesting valves. I suspect they are water service valves. In my several trips to the mill I had not captured a photo of one of these I liked until now.

The third image is of an area of the factory that is off limits due to asbestos: The boiler room. A vandal had broken a window pane affording a first glimpse of the unseen area. The mill sits over the middle of a large seam of coal, which was mined during the era of the mill construction and operation. I have read that one of the reasons the mill was built here was because of the existing coal mining labor force in the region. As an aside, coal was the chief product shipped on the C&O Canal which ended in nearby Cumberland, Maryland. Naturally, the boilers were fired with local coal. They are huge things, standing nearly two floors tall. I wish we could get in to see them up close as I'm sure they would be fascinating subjects to photograph.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Three Chicks

_DSC9160nxpstpzC 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Last year only two chicks survived, as the third smallest one perished. This year I think all three will make it. The youngest is having a morning snack in this photo. The papa bird has been very busy keeping those hungry mouths fed, catching and bringing several fish a back to the nest every day. The mama bird feeds the chicks bite sized chunks of raw fish. The chicks grow incredibly fast.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hay in the Barn

IMG_0996, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Things have gotten quite busy on the farm and my photo blog has taken a back seat lately.

I had barns on the mind yesterday after enjoying an image by photo friend John Barclay. So I grabbed this one on the way home last evening.

We had good cutting of hay this spring. The goats are set for food this winter.

iPhone capture, TrueHDR, Bleach Bypass, Snapseed apps for the old look.