Tuesday, July 28, 2009


A macro image of the teeth on a rusted gear.
A hundred-year old gear

This gear comes to you from one of my favorite places -- the old Quincy Mine. You may have guessed, if you read my blog regularly, that I spend a lot of time there. That's partly because it's a stone's throw away, but also because there is so much awesome stuff up there!

Here's another photo from the wonderful collection of old, rusty, crusty, and deliciously colorful ruins in the old Quincy Roundhouse. This is part of a large metal machine which is still bolted to the floor. I believe that it was some sort of metal planing or forming machine. Just outside the doors from here, the old Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad #6 engine just reappeared, after 40 years of hanging out in New Jersey. It's brought in a whole new set of wonderful textures and shapes which you will be enjoying soon!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Seasons change

A black and white photo of a roaring river going over a small waterfall, with much foam and streaks of water.
Ten-Foot Falls in the spring

I took this photo during the spring melt, when the Eagle River is roaring along, filled with melt water. Believe it or not, this spot -- Ten Foot Falls -- is exactly the same location as Fall Falls, taken at the other end of the year. Yes, things are that different during the melt!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Snow Cone

A white pine cone nestled in snow, with shadows and light.
Another snowcone!

Here's a blast from the past -- a blast from March, to be specific. This lovely white pine cone was lying in the snow near a snow fence, at the Nara Nature Trail. It looked so cozy, I had to photograph it. Have I mentioned that I like winter?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sunlit Leaves

Bright green leaves lit by the setting sun, with many shadows.
Brilliant leaves in an abandoned boiler

These leaves are from a small bush growing in the old Quincy #5 boiler. They were perfectly hilighted by the setting sun, showing through the ruined roof of the building. The bush itself grows out of a huge pile of bricks which once supported a giant iron boiler. Things have changed!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ye Olde But Goode

A bare bush in early spring, edited with color and black and white stripes.
A new look at an old bush

Things have not been going well in the land of David Clark Photography: last week, my laptop of many years decided to bite the dust. Luckily, I had forseen this day: I ordered a new laptop a week before my old one died. And... it still hasn't arrived. So, I've been very slow about updating this blog and my flickr photostream, due to not having my photos nor a way to get at them.

Until then, enjoy this look at a bush in early spring. The stripey effect was inspired by the stripes on the bush itself. Enjoy the unusual edit!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Boiler Beams

A semi-abstract composition of sky with rusty beams in a geometric arrangement.
The Quincy #5 boiler house

The Quincy #5 boiler house is a thorough ruin -- the roof is open to the sky, with the beams creaking and squeaking in the wind. On a windy day, one of the beams make a terrific racket, which is especially spooky at night.

The good news from Quincy is that many of the ruins are being slowly restored -- and some faster than others. The old roundhouse (featured her a few times) is in the process of being cleared, hopefully to become a museum. The old Quincy #6 steam engine will be out front -- recently reacquired from somewhere in New Jersey. I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Gnommity Gnome Gnome

A painted metal gnome, hiding in foliage
Gnomunculus Backyardia in its natural habitat

After hunting down the elusive Blizzard T. Husky, I thought I'd hit the peak of my rare-animal-hunting career. But amazingly, my luck held out -- I have now found the rare Common Garden Gnome (Gnomunculus Backyardia) in its native habitat. Enjoy this candid photo, possibly the only one of its kind!