Sunday, April 25, 2010

114/365 - Hoist Wheel

Close-up of the axle of a large wheel.
Click the photo to see it on Flickr.

The Osceola #13 is an abandoned mine right in the middle of Calumet, Michigan. Its surface plant still stands, since it was one of the last few of Calumet and Hecla's mines which were still open when everything closed in 1969.

More than a year ago, someone bought the old steam hoist which was still left at the Osceola #13 mine. The owners (the township) disassembled this massive old piece of machinery and set it outside... where it's been ever since. It may not have been in perfect condition originally, but now it's beyond repair. Apparently the buyer didn't come through.


Anavar said...
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Summer said...

Oxidation in complementary colors. Love it :)

Scott said...


You have an incredible "eye"--a true artist. I wouldn't give most of the objects you photograph a second glance, but you see the possibilities in everything.

I have a friend who is a painter and I love her work, but I can't "see" the colors that she sees--especially the purples. Artists see the world differently (and I'm a bit jealous).

DC said...

Thanks all!

@Scott: It's a fun exercise to take a bunch of photos of an everyday object. Try to capture its essence -- and also try to make it abstract, or surprising and unrecognizable. Give it a try, you may be surprised! :)