These are a mixture of photos of an old wigwam burner near Florence, Oregon, lumber mill pullies, and burned out sections of Willamette Mill in Sweet Home, Oregon. When I was growing up, these wigwam burners were everywhere. When I moved to my current town, there was one a couple of miles from my house. As time goes on, they are being removed as they are no longer in use. They were a source of pollution and poor air quality. Now the materials that used to be burned them is being repurposed into other products. To me these will always be an emblem of my home state.
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I’m going to be making some souvenir magnets for a shop in Sweet Home, so I spent my Super Bowl Sunday driving around this cute little town, shooting the Weddle Bridge and Sankey Park’s log house. I haven’t spent much time in Sweet Home, other than stopping for ice cream after a hike or a day at the lake or grabbing a quick snack at Safeway, so it was fun to wander around and explore. And what a beautiful day! I also checked out the area beneath the dam and finished the day out as the clouds gathered over Foster Lake. If you’re ever in the area, spend a little time checking out this great little town.
Living in the mid Willamette Valley of Oregon, I am surrounded by agriculture. I can often be found on the roadside taking photos of baby lambs, beehives, tractors, and old barns. On this day, I found myself in Halsey, trying to capture the pigeons as they circled the broken top of the remains of the old wooden grain elevator. That turned out to be an exercise in frustration, as I was hoping for the swirl of birds to pass in formation just to the side of the wooden structure. It turns out pigeons are either not mind readers or not very cooperative.
I did capture a few shots of the old structure before I moved on. The afternoon sun was casting a warm glow on the wooden planks, exposed after the removal of the sheeting. I like the look of the metal chutes juxtaposed with the wood pattern, and it really pops in black and white. This will look really nice on a metal print.