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The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany   5 comments

The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany


Hattingen, it would seem, is a rather proud town.

Outside the old, walled section of the town stand these statues by Polish artist Zbigniew Fraczkiewicz. The iron men symbolize the battle for steel manufacturing in Hattingen. (In 1720, there were 52 operating coal mines within the municipal area and Hattingen became one of the first industrial cities of the Ruhr region. Steel production started in 1853, when the Henrichshütte was founded. The Henrichshütte became one of the most important employers of the whole region and dominated the town until it closed in 1987.)

The town of Hattingen was first mentioned in 1396, when the Duke of Mark granted permission to build a city wall. Today, Hattingen has a picturesque historic district with Fachwerk (timber-framed houses) built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The old city is still partly surrounded by the city walls, and provides a place for fascinating strolls through medieval buildings.

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Still Mill Wheels   16 comments

Rural scene at Old Mill of Guilford, North Carolina, with steel mill wheels


The sign near the register said:

Breakfast without grits is like a road sign without bullet holes. It just ain’t Southern.

While cruising toward Hanging Rock State Park (NC) looking for opportunities, I came across the Old Mill of Guilford, which dates back to 1767. The 18th century grist mill is water powered and fully operational. Toward the back of the mill, along the stream that powers a turbine and 24′ water wheel, I came across this interesting setting. I enjoyed playing with composition, setting the round wheels against the straight lines of the bridge, stream, the feeder on the left, and the gazebo.

As is the case when people are kind enough to let me on their property, I picked up a few things from the mill store while there, including some really fantastic white grits and dried cranberries. If you’d like to visit, here’s a link to the Old Mill of Guildford.

Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens, f/22 at 26mm, 9 exposures using Promote Control

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