Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Broken Windmill in Holland

This is The Volendam Windmill in Holland Township New Jersey, USA. Windmills like this are used to grind wheat into flour. This one is being used as a museum. I happened to be driving by so I stopped and took a picture. I read that it's 60 feet(18.3 meters) high and before it was damaged it's arms stretched 68 feet (20.7 meters) from tip to tip.

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41 comments:

  1. The last time I was in Holland my wife was determined to see a windmill. We had a heck of a time finding one. I understand they are not so numerous now. Replaced by modern technology I suppose.

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  2. This is eerily beautiful my friend. Well done :) Have a great Sunday :)

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  3. Marvelous capture, James! And it is indeed, eerily beautiful! I love it! Have a great Sunday!

    Sylvia

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  4. The crazy thing is that the shot is so beautiful that I did not even notice the damage till I read the caption. Fabulous lighting...that's what B&W is all about.

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  5. I like how you did this in black and white...really makes it look eerie and sad. But, it is sad..poor guy, lost his wings...I'd be sad, too. The leafless trees also add to this feel...would not have had the same impact had you have taken this photo when the trees had leaves on them. Great job! Thanks for sharing! Cat

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  6. Such a scene causes me anguish.

    Lucy

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  7. Well composed - altogether good.

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  8. Very Dutch and very fitting for the subject. A piece of living history.

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  9. Boris Karloff, Frankestein, the 30ies!!Absolutely great picture!

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  10. Ah another Holland but not the Netherlands. We have a Holland in the UK too - part of flat Lincolnshire.

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  11. This is really a great image! I think I haven't ever photographed any windmill. As we drove to Amsterdam some time ago there were a few along the road but they were rather distant for a picture, beautiful to see though!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  12. Beautiful image. Love the composition and black and white treatment.

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  13. Gorgeous image! The composition, and angle are just perfect! I read through some of your other blog posts, and saw some of your other photos, you sound a lot like me in the frustrations with blogging, and thinking about quitting!! Glad you stuck with it! Thanks for stopping by my little blog part of the world...I'll be checking back on yours often! I love your photo style!

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  14. Good b&w shot; I wonder if they are likely to fix those other two arms.

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  15. Nice shot James. I bet there's a lot of history inside the museum.

    P.S. We spent the whole day in OC yesterday: Fullerton, El Toro, Huntington Beach for the kite fest. There's so many things to see in OC, just quite a commute from us.

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  16. That looks huge. Too bad it is broken. But it did make a great photo.

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  17. I love the silhouettes of the trees that seem to frame the windmill. Great shot James!

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  18. What a shot! And, it is so beautiful in black and white. Love your framing...I wonder how the damage happened?

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  19. I really like this photo. Its stunning in black and white.

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  20. I really thought it was from Holland coz I went to Volendam and it was a pleasure to see this one. Great photo James.

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  21. Wonderful tones in this b/w! Interesting subject and nicely composed with the trees adding so much to it!

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  22. You've done an absolutely beautiful job with this photo.

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  23. What a terrific image..very nice in mono especially with those trees surrounding it!!

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  24. This picture is surprisingly good!
    :-)
    I always enjoy your photos and sorry if I can not always comment ...
    Happy anniversary for your magnificent blog !!!
    :-)

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  25. beautiful...B&W was made for this pic...

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  26. What a shame it's deteriorated. The B&W is a nice effect.

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  27. bellissima foto, bravo!
    ciao simona

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  28. Very interesting Windmill! I enjoy such a mysterious places. I have a feeling that those arms will start to move. And here a Sunshine Award is waiting for you. :-)

    Happy Sunday!

    Luize

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  29. That's a beautiful windmill and I love the way it looks surrounded by the bare trees of winter.

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  30. Gosh, I would have believed you if you told me you took the photo in Holland. But in NJ?! Never knew it was there.

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  31. What an extraordinary photo!!!

    My Monochrome Weekend is photos of a black n white pencil sketch I just finished. This is my 1st entry for the meme. Come visit if you can find time.

    HERE You'll need to scroll down a bit to view.

    Have a great week ahead.

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  32. Hi James,
    I love this! In fact I love all your black & White. Keep up the good work.

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  33. This is so beautiful! Lovely in b/w!

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  34. It is a windmill letting me feel old prosperity with nostalgia.

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  35. Me parece muy acertado el uso del monocromo para esta foto.
    Le dá un toque fantasmal a la imágen.

    Muy buena.

    Un abrazo.

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  36. I like your treatment of this image. It looks, to me, like a still from an old silent movie, which is very appropriate for the subject....

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  37. There are two windmills of similar size at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

    Very appropriate that you used monochrome for the image of this broken windmill.

    «Louis» hopes there are plans to restore it.

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  38. This is such a nostalgic photo, and especially in monochrome. Lovely.

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  39. Lovely photo! So much contrasting texture, and it almost seems organic.

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  40. My Great Uncle Paul Jorgenson built that windmill. It only ran one time in the late 60's. It was going so fast he thought it was going to self destruct and it was never run again (at least not at full speed). I wish I had picture of the gears he built by hand in the top. It is absolutely amazing. The man was quiet a talented painter as well! The current owner looked into having it restored but it is about 4 million to get it back to what it was 40+ years ago!

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