Posted: January 4, 2015 in 17-85mm lens, 50mm lens, Big trucks, Canon 60D, Canon 7D, Deserted, Details, Doors, Engines, Photography, Rust, Wabi Sabi, Wisconsin

Seven images from last fall’s sawmill adventure in northern Wisconsin. This fellow was tucked around behind a garage and it was the logo on his door that first captured my attention.



I am just going to say that I am the least gear-headed individual you will ever meet and could not recognize a 6-cylinder winkle-loaded frammis with dual rotator cuff exhaust pipes if it was perched on my shoulder and humming in my ear.  However, that personal handicap does not prevent me from looking at old engines as works of art.



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I’m going to whisper here because I don’t want my Toyota to hear me, but I’ve looked at its engine and was not all that impressed. All business in there. Zero use of color.  What would be so bad about adding  a little yellow or dusty rose just to make the whole thing pop?

What? Are you going to tell me that turquoise is not a fuel-efficient color?


For more of the Abandoned Sawmill, see “Holy Mother of Pearl” https://wabisabiphotography.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/holy-mother-of-pearl/ and several other posts tagged “Abandoned Sawmill.”

One photographer whose work I really enjoy is Jane Lurie. She recently posted a “Red and Green” collection ( http://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/reds-and-greens/ ) that includes the interior of an old Ford. I couldn’t help but think of it as I was prepping these shots today.

  1. sedge808 says:

    I run a group on flickr that would be perfect for these shots.

  2. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi Patricia- Love your post and I really appreciate that you shared a link to my old Ford truck interior shot. It’s great that we share a passion for “all things old, rusty, worn out and historic”. And I am not talking about myself! 😉 Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you, Jane. By choosing the wabi sabi route–old, rusty and all the rest–I am trying to redirect attention from my own historic self. 🙂

  4. andykidd says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm old trucks (?) love those hydraulic couplings 🙂

    • I’m sorry. It took me 24 hours to respond to your comment because I couldn’t read the words “hydraulic couplings” without dissolving into adolescent snickering.

      Good thing I never took an engine repair course at the tech school.

  5. Karen Taylor says:

    These are great. Takes me right back to the old mill. Love the turquoise and rust contrast in the first picture.

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