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It's the Time of the Passage. And if We do not Dare to make it, We will have been Always to the edge of Ourselves.

 

Fernando Pessoa

Northerly Island, on the east side of Burnham Harbor, about a ½ mile across the harbor, east of Soldier Field (where the Chicago Bears [football team] play). ~ View On Black

 

Northerly Island used to be Miegs Air Field. A little airport that Mayor Daley had put to the bulldozer and dug up in the middle of the night, July 20, 2006. One evening it’s an airport; the next morning it ain’t. Just like that.

 

I loved this midnight raid as the airport wouldn’t allow people to use the area (for biking, walking, fishing, picnicking, breathing, star-gazing, etc.). It also scared me (this 12:01 in the a.m., full-metal jacket, frontal assault) because, next time, this display of political will and power could just as easily be used against something I like or treasure.

 

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But done was done: with no going back. So, there was no need, or desire for recourse, when you’re on the side that benefited from such action. There was no, and probably never will be, any recourse for the other guys. I do know, however, that good-luck-and-bad-luck, gain-and-loss, are two eerily, similar-looking sides of the same coin. So I do gloat privately at the rich man's loss of a private airfield on public land, but such feelings are hidden behind a real "concern for the due process of law."

 

I think that is called a moral or philosophical ambiguity.

 

Northerly island has been slowly morphing into a nature area, a prairie of sorts; semi-consciously designed now for more passive uses (walking, biking on the road, sitting, looking at nature, fishing) than for aggressive activities (airplanes or anything involving wacking a ball around).

 

Northerly Island is actually a peninsula. It sits between Lake Michigan to the east, while to the west, the inexorable march of money throws longer and longer silhouettes on the Island’s western shore – in the form of taller and taller buildings as the skyward reaching skyline of Chicago creeps ever closely the Island's way

 

There's that coin thing, I think.

 

But, for now, the moon rises over Lake Michigan, big as a supper plate held at arms length, bright as a flashlight shone in the eye. Birds fly about at dusk, insects too: each in search of bits of food tinier than themselves. Animals – real animals; not cats, dogs, squirrels and pigeons – scamper, bound, swoop, hover and clamber about.

 

If you care to look, there will be little bitty bones, bits of fur and bone-dry, empty carapaces slung about in the morning; remnants of the circle of life, circling, catching and eating itself. Water slaps at the shore, wind whistles through leaves, and with true, but quiet grit, stars will manage against the odds, to power their way through light polluted skies.

 

Out here, at least, Life (the kind before cities expelled it) once again runs at full gallop.

 

Bird-watchers, watch. Fishermen, fish. Walkers, walk. The spirit, revitalizes. As for those other ones, the hurried ones - the one’s who are just realizing that they haven’t breathed all day, well, they stop and breathe. So simple a thing...this breathing....yes? No?

 

The Island allows one to feel more human, more connected to this earth than does standing in any one of our manicured parks or kept up beaches; more connected even than when sitting comfortably on the couch, wine glass in hand, viewing the scene through a bay window on the 45th floor of a luxury condo with a Lake view (although the real estate marketing ads might beg to differ).

 

And, we people – just regular people, everyday, plain people, people without money, or political or social clout – get to experience it at ground level.

 

Come see it while it lasts.

 

From the movie, “Dances with Wolves.”

 

Major Fambrough: With your hero's record Sir Good Knight, you can have picked any assignment. Why did you choose such an isolated place? You wish to see the frontier?

 

Lt.John Dunbar (soon to become “Dances with Wolves”): Yes Sir, before it is gone.

 

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A cold morning during the month of January.

 

Taken early in the morning. I love the contrast of the snow sprinkled on the pine tree, the different tones of blue in the sky, and the sun trying to appear and scape the clouds and heavy fog.

 

I certainly like better the warm days, but winter also give us a fantastic show. A little bit more, and we are going to enjoy spring here in this part of America, and I can't wait!

 

An artistic filter was added, and also a very light texture.

 

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I enjoy nature photography the most, since I love the outdoors and long hiking trips. Macro photography is a true passion for me, since I get to watch a miniature world that opens without limits, before the camera makes the funny sound.

 

Graphic design is another way to express myself. I love reinventing a photo that I have seen in different ways. Sometimes, I use my own textures to do so.

 

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A wild Owls Clover field, about 20 minutes from home. Is that amazing?

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Here’s a photo of the amazing cloudy sunset that we had on Sunday evening… taken from Strand beach.

 

The mountain range that you can see in the distance is (just over 30 kilometers away) on the other side of False Bay. The right-most tip is at Muizenberg and the left-most tip is at Cape Point. From here it looks very much like someone decided to span a fence right across the bay… which would be too crazy to contemplate… and is fortunately not the case. This (now broken) fence is actually supposed to prevent people from wandering from the public beach area into the high-security military/government installation next door. It didn’t stop me from stepping through the fence though… despite the huge sign warning me that it was private property and guarded by large vicious dogs!!

 

You might be interested to know that the two images that make up this Vertorama were taken by my new entry-level DSLR… the amazing Nikon D3100!! This camera is just a fraction of the price of the D300… yet it includes (almost) all the same features… and quite a lot more!! I’ll be using this camera for the next few weeks while my D300 is in for a (much needed) service… and also as a second (spare) camera for a two-week trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies that I have planned for later this year!! Now that I’ve spent some time exploring the D3100 (and carefully checking out the image quality)… I can really recommend it to anyone who wants to take very decent photos… for a very reasonable price!

 

Nikon D3100, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f9, with a 1/10th second exposure.

 

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Early one morning during the Autumn I was taking images of this scene, with the lovely cloud formation and the trees in the background, painted with all their autumn colours, when from a nearby airfield this single engined plane arrived on the scene, it's engine piercing the silence.

 

I managed to get this image before it disappeared again from view. It must have been quite a view from the sky that morning, but then again I was quite pleased with the view from my angle too.

 

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Are you traveling somewhere this summer? Before I get to leave Chicago, I taught what better way to say goodbye than to share this shot with you. Thanks to my dear friends (you know who you are ;) I had a great opportunity to visit this private rooftop and do some more cityscape photography. The light was changing dramatically that evening and my goal was pretty ambitious for this project. I had the plan to shoot the long exposure for the clouds and time blend that exposure with the shots I took before sunset, after the sunset and the night. I was aiming to blend all 4 exposures and get the light on the left to slowly transition to the night on the right in seamless way. What do you think?

The Minden area (Northwest Germany) is full of old mills (wind, water, horse, oil) maintained by volunteers and private owners. Whit Monday is traditionally the day when most of the more than 40 mills are open to the public. This year we took the windmill of Eickhorst and the river mill in Minden city for a visit.

The castle "Schloss Haus" was first mentioned in 1314. It follows the trend of the 11th century to build castles for the living of aristocrats. From this time, only the tower (Bergfried) survived. After the castle was badly damaged during the Thirty Years' War, the facility was expanded in the course of reconstruction in 1681 as a summer residence for monks.

Later, it belonged to the family of Thurn und Taxis. Now it is the private property of the family Weitzel.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

 

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Millendreath Beach, Looe. Once a thriving holiday park. Chalets now sold off for private use. An uncertain future for this site Rather run-down now but beautiful when you know the best times to view it.

 

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Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the WNW.

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of bad water next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.

 

Maiden's Tower

 

The Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

History

After the naval victory at Cyzicus, the Ancient Athenian general Alcibiades possibly built a custom station for ships coming from the Black Sea on a small rock in front of Chrysopolis (today's Üsküdar).[2] In 1110 Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus built a wooden tower protected by a stone wall.[2] From the tower an iron chain stretched across to another tower erected on the European shore, at the quarter of Mangana in Constantinople.[2] The islet was then connected to the Asiatic shore through a defense wall, whose underwater remains are still visible.[2] during the siege of Constantinople in 1453, the tower held a Byzantine Garrison commanded by the Venetian Gabriele Trevisano.[2] After the conquest of the city, Sultan Mehmet II used the structure as a watch tower.[2] The tower, mistakenly known as Leander's Tower after the legend of Hero and Leander (which took place in the Dardanelles), was destroyed during the earthquake of 1509, and burned in 1721.[2] Since then it was used as a lighthouse, and the surrounding walls were repaired in 1731 and 1734, until in 1763 it was erected using stone.[2] From 1829 the tower was used as a quarantine station, and in 1832 was restored by Sultan Mahmud II.[2] Restored again by the harbour authority in 1945,[2] the most recent restoration began in 1998, and steel supports were added around the ancient tower as a precaution after the 17 August 1999 earthquake.[3]

The interior of the tower has been transformed into a popular café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the former Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital.[4] Private boats make trips to the tower several times a day.[5]

  

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First day in Cabarete, was wonderfull night!

 

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As late as 1980s and early 1990s, Tanjong Rhu was an industrial area with shipyards. The water surrounding Tanjong Rhu was polluted with industrial and domestic waste, creating an extremely unpleasant environment. A massive relocation exercise was then undertaken by the Singapore Government to transform Tanjong Rhu into a high-end residential area.

 

Reclamation of land along the Tanjong Rhu coast began as early as 1992. Private developers then started the new residential developments in Tanjong Rhu. Today, the shipyards have since been relocated elsewhere and condominiums have replaced them.

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The sun has just disappeared from view, leaving behind the subtle shades of many colours which paint the darkening clouds and the sky. Gentle breeze gives the evening air a suddenly chilly feel, while a swan gracefully glides across the water. Within a few moments this scene passes, replaced with increasing darkness. Fleeting, but intense beauty!

 

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Mist and clouds rolled down from Upper Neuadd :-) Happy sunrise !!!!

  

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At Lake Tahoe's outlet to the Truckee River.

 

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It is Christmas break for me too. I am home, no money after Christmas (who has?), lazing about, seriously starting to think and work towards getting my images into brick-and-mortar and online galleries in 2013 (gotta' start making this shit pay some of its own way - and I wish a new D800 Nikon :-)))).

 

I've been on Flickr less than usual and that is kinda' ok too. I admit to being a bit sluggish and uninspired towards the act of creating and working on images this winter season. I have brain-drain or a "flat-lined creative mind" after a year of heat, work and personal challenges, I think.

 

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=szy9br7EfJw - Sarah Vaughn, "Key Largo"

 

So with little inspiration from within, I must seek from without.

 

I ran across one of Paul Grand's tutorials. It is from at least five years ago I think. www.flickr.com/photos/paulgrand/7415209220/in/photostream/ - Paul too, has been a long time texture and creative inspiration to me.

 

I shot a series of beach scenes one "trying-to-be rainy" day in early December 2012 (it has been warm and dry here, and thus no snow). It was still a nippy 35 degrees out, and my uncovered ears and clean bean felt every degree of it. These clouds looked wet, but as they descended they turned out to be quite foggy and misty, but they held no rain.

 

As I shot the scene I had vague thoughts of doing something texturely with them, but I had no concrete idea as to what that might be.

 

This image seemed to be good to use for one of his texture suggestion lessons. I didn't have his image as a visual guide, so I just the followed his printed text recipe. He lists the name of the texture, the blending mode and opacity adjustments. I laid these out and then tweaked afterward, adding burning, dodging, and a gradient layer. But the basic order, and overall flavor of the work is his inspiration.

 

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Apple Blush - Overlay 66%

Caramel Soft - Hard Light 22%

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 15%

Raw Linen - Color Burn 19%

Icarus Haze - Soft Light 35%

Black-to-Clear gradient layer - Hard Light 20% (for the sky)

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 35%

Base Layer

 

The beach just behind the building where I work: the South Shore Cultural Center. And as with many such gifts that stare us right in the face in our lives, the people who work here barely use it. In a city of 2.8 or 2.9 million, there was - as there often is here - only me.

 

There are two, ringed, stone, fire pits just before the trees end (under the last clump trees on the left). You are sheltered under a canopy of branches and leaves - some what of a cathedral of green effect - but you have a 270 degree view of the Lake. I shall celebrate the Vernal Equinox, March 20, 2013 with an evening fire ceremony.

1 hour before sunset, the vast grounds of the Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve turned slightly golden in colour.

 

Taken at the Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve.

 

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Storm clouds approach Castaway Cay

Hello, again, my dear-dear Flickr friends!!! I have really missed you!

 

Well, we eventually returned home, Nicholas and myself, after the ash-cloud adventure… My beloved garden looked in a…Springtime-mess, like a countryside Spring-landscape…My kittens were very well, but the household needed quite much of my private time… And here I am!

 

What you can see here is the “Blue Forest”, “The Forest of Hal” actually! Hal is a village , about 15’ drive from my home in Waterloo (Belgium). I have been there twice recently, once with Nicholas, and once alone. It is one of the top-places to visit by the end of April every year !! The trees are full of their tender-green transparent baby-leaves!! And the ground is covered practically everywhere, by a wild Hyacinths-blue-carpet!! When it is sunny, like when I was there alone, the spectacle is Divine!! The scent is magnificent!!! Because , the sun gives to the transparent baby tree-leaves and to the blue carpet a look of Other, Better Worlds!!! The spectacle is of an exceptional and rare Nature-Beauty!!

 

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Taken last Friday evening at one of Ireland's most spectacular locations, the Cliffs of Moher. I was very fortunate to have a local photographer by the name of Sean Kitson accompany me to this location as it is not the usual place people shoot this scene from. The sunset was lovely with the colours radiating in the sky but this shot was taken just before the sun dropped below the horizon.

 

I love how the last warm rays of the sun light up the cliff faces beautifully while the flowers in the foreground stand over the surrounding views. Isn't it just lovely? This will be just one of the places we will be visiting on my Wild Atlantic Way Workshop next March (the North-North West workshop will take place this September).

 

I hope you all like it. Have a great evening whatever you happen to have planned and feel FREE to share it if you wish :D

 

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The Nepean Highway parallels the beach and houses sit on top of the bluffs behind the beach. Public access is restricted to side streets and through the reserve behind Shelly Beach. There are many boat sheds below the bluffs at the back of the beach, with several private jetties extending across the beach.

The volcanic island is located 48 km off the coast. Captain Cook christened her at the cloud of steam that surrounded her. It is 324 ha large and originated from three other volcanoes. In 1953 it was put under protection of nature and is now private property. White Island is the summit of a submarine volcano and is located in New Zealand.

Rest Bay, Porthcawl - now known as a world class surfing beach - was once the place where South Wales Miners, and others, would convalesce in the Rest Convalescent Home, which overlooks the beach.

"The Rest was established as a seaside convalescent hospital for the working classes, particularly miners, in 1862, in Porthcawl, Glamorgan, at the initiative of Dr James Lewis, of Maesteg, Glamorgan. Lewis was supported by Florence Nightingale, the reformer of hospital nursing. The institution was maintained and supported by private contributors which included prominent landownwers, industialists, the trade union movement, friendly societies and a host of private individuals; it was rebuilt in the 1870s-1880s. It remains active as Rest Bay Convalescent Home."

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Shot today during my workshop whilst my client was setting up his camera. Overcast skies and drizzle turned to gorgeous sunshine and wonderful cloud formations. Llanddwyn Island has a handful of lovely single beaches and the rock formations are just beautiful with some amazing colours to boot.

 

I framed the old lighthouse and boathouse in the distance (deliberately not centrally placed) with the rocks and single beach in the foreground. The sun illuminated the shingle whilst the rocks lit up like a Christmas tree. A wonderful day in a beautiful place with great company.

 

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Texture: Aussiestock - Dookaburra Skies, mine.

I am running a seven day workshop to the gorgeous island of Harris & Lewis Mon 20th - Sun 26th Nov 2017. Price is £1395 and includes six nights full board at the beautiful Harris Hotel, ferry over from Uig, Skye to Harris, all transport during the week in a modern Ford Tourneo nine seater minibus, dedicated 1-2-1 tuition & image review/post processing sessions.

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This beach that you can see here was photographed on my last day there back in January and it is typical of the stunningly beautiful sandy beaches that you see on Harris. The colour of the water is aqua, the sandy lovely and golden and the skies either bright blue or full of the most vibrant clouds known to man.

 

Scotland is sure one hell of a place to visit with a camera and I never tire of doing so whatever the weather/time of the year but late autumn should produce some stunning colours whilst still being mild. The temperatures were ten degrees in the middle of January which happened to be the warmest in Europe at the time. Apparently Lewis and Harris does not suffer extreme cold weather in the winter.

 

Anyway, I hope you all like the image as much as I did taking it :D

 

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It is views like these that stir my soul and have me long to return to the utterly stunning island of Skye.

 

To me, Skye is the UK's Iceland. So full of mesmorising beauty and such a wide variety of subjects to capture on camera from waterfalls, hauntingly beautiful coastline, stunning lochs, black sandy volcanic beaches, dominating mountains, and even a coral beach (believe it or not but there's only the one on the island).

 

I defy anyone to spend five days on the island and not return home feeling like a part of them is missing having been left behind in Scotland. It affected me when I first visited Skye way back in 2008 and it still does regardless as to how many times I return. That's when you know you have not only witnessed a place but truly experienced it too.

 

Skye will forever be my favourite place in the UK to visit.

 

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With a jeep, this is an Icelandic day hike. Completely desolate, solitude, beauty, power, and the raw energy of earth, wind, and water meeting forces. There's no other place like this on earth that I've seen.

 

This is a well kept secret in Iceland. We were virtually alone trekking here when hundreds of thousands of tourists were visiting the Island. I like it that way and seek locations seldom on the beaten path. People who know Iceland well can see a tell tale landmark off in the distance.

 

While this was an extraordinarily technical shot (this is 22 images stitched together) it didn't come together perfectly as I'd have liked. There was no saving the sky from being blown out as there was only a brief gap in the clouds shedding light onto the scene, and by the time I went to shoot the sky it had closed and there was no longer light in the right places for the scene to makes sense.

 

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St Matthew's Church (Normanton Church) is a grade II listed building, built in classical style. The tower and the western portico were built by Thomas Cundy Jr between 1826 and 1829, based on the design of St John's, Smith Square in Westminster, while the nave and apse were constructed in 1911, by J. B. Gridley of London.

 

The building was once the private chapel for the Normanton Estate, but it was de-consecrated in 1970, and was to have been demolished as part of the reservoir construction, as its floor was below the proposed water level. Following a public outcry, the lower half was filled with stone and rubble, and a concrete cap constructed just below the level of the windows.

 

An embankment was built around the church leaving it a prominent feature on the water's edge. The structure formerly housed a museum recording the history of Rutland Water, which is now located in the visitor centre. The structure is now used as a venue for civil weddings and concerts.

 

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Capel Celyn (The drowning of a Welsh village)

 

Capel Celyn was a rural community to the north west of Bala in Gwynedd, north Wales, in the Afon Tryweryn valley. The village and other parts of the valley were flooded to create a reservoir, Llyn Celyn, in order to supply Liverpool and Wirral with water for industry. The village contained, among other things, a chapel, as the name of the community suggests, capel being Welsh for chapel.

 

In 1956, a private bill sponsored by Liverpool City Council was brought before Parliament to develop a water reservoir from the Tryweryn Valley. The development would include the flooding of Capel Celyn. By obtaining authority via an Act of Parliament, Liverpool City Council would not require planning consent from the relevant Welsh local authorities.

 

When the valley was flooded in 1965, the village and its buildings, including the post office, the school, and a chapel with cemetery, were all lost. Twelve houses and farms were submerged, and 48 people of the 67 who lived in the valley lost their homes. In all some 800 acres (3.2 km²; 320 ha) of land were submerged. A new reservoir, Llyn Celyn, was formed. Many of the stones from the original chapel were re-used in the construction of the new Memorial Chapel.

Click the link below to see the village before it was submerged!

 

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It's not always about over saturated images with dynamic compositions that win the hearts and minds of people, sometimes images like these can move someone to tears. It almost did me when I captured it. Yorkshire, in the right light, it is just magical.

 

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A very beautiful park "Sahid Mangal Pandey Uddan"(Nishan Ghat) facing the Ganges at Barrackpore .Mangal Pandey (About this sound listen (help·info); 19 July 1827 – 8 April 1857), was an Indian soldier who played a key part in events immediately preceding the outbreak of the Indian rebellion of 1857.Mangal Pandey was a sepoy (private) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment of the British East India Company. While contemporary British opinion considered him a traitor and mutineer, Pandey is widely regarded as a freedom fighter in modern India. In 1984, the Indian government issued a postage stamp to commemorate him. His life and actions have also been portrayed in several cinematic productions.

Two hours drive from anywhere, long distance travel for most of us takes much planning.

 

Here we have an airport in the broadest sense--only an asphalt landing strip used by private planes of ranchers.

Boats on the shingle beach at Dungeness on the Kent coast, England. I was happily snapping away when I realised how fast the storm was approaching; luckily I just made it back to the safety of my car before it poured down.

 

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When you're in the area you've just to visit this spot.

View On Black This image is for Cristal, whose quiet sensuality and softness I tried to capture in this image. Must be viewed large to see the entire frame!

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The Kimlin Cider Mill is located on the east side of Cedar Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie, situated on approximately two acres of land. An old mid-19th century barn forms the core the Kimlin Cider Mill. The mill was part of a larger agricultural property owned and operated by the Kimlin family since the early 1850s when the Kimlin family first came to this country from Ireland, though now its initial function and historical associations are unclear.

 

During the period of 1925-1935, Ralph R. Kimlin began the work of expanding the old barn into what he intended to be a cider mill as well as a public attraction. Mr. Kimlin’s work on the barn greatly altered the original form and composition of the building, which he intended to make into, among other things, a museum filled with old farm tools and other curiosities.

 

For most of the 20th century the Cider Mill served as a producer and retail outlet for apple cider. Its popularity with local residents, particularly the area’s school children and students from nearly Vassar College, prompted Ralph R. Kimlin to embellish the exterior of the building and to create indoor spaces for the enchantment of his customers. In 1990, the Kimlin Cider Mill closed. The property was purchased by a developer whose plan was demolish the Mill in favor of redevelopment.

 

The Cider Mill Friends of Open Space & Historic Preservation, Inc. began as a citizens’ group in May 2000 and in January 2001 became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Cider Mill Friends pursued the purchase of the Kimlin Cider Mill for seven years. On February 20, 2008, the Cider Mill Friends became the official owners of the Mill and surrounding 1.8 acres of meadowland with the assistance of a bridge loan from the Preservation League of New York State, a matching grant from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, private lenders, and donors. Cider Mill Friends is now working to stabilize and restore the Cider Mill and property. - Poughkeepsie, NY

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