5 degrees and getting colder.... (13 photos)

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by Harry Lavo, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. That is what it was at 7:25am on Feb 3 of this year, a crystal clear morning that I decided was ripe for photography. The object: the canal section of Holyoke, MA. The canal section is a flat area of canals and old mills that remain from the first planned city in the United States.

    I would have shot more, but my fingers were numb despite putting my gloves on after every few shots. Comment and constructive criticism welcome. Oh yes, this was all with my D50, Sigma 18-200 3.5/6.3, and an UV filter. All were shot handheld.

    Holyoke's First Canal (so-called because it was the most elevated of the three), with the tower of Holyoke City Hall in the background:
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    Next, City Hall tower by itself. That is a Merry-Go-Round roof to the left.
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    A view north of the canal to a hill across the (hidden) Connecticut River. Note the airplane on a stanchion...hallmark of a mill converted into a reception hall called "The Wherehouse".
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    A view in the other direction. I really like this shot because of the geometry...the "blue/blueish" horizontal aspects contrasted with the "red/orange" verticals.
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    Here are three of the mills along the Second Canal:
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    The Second Canal is lower in level than the first (and the Third lower still). That was deliberate to allow water flowing downhill to power the mills. This picture shows the outlets built into the mill that funneled the water thru the mill from the First Canal to the Second Canal.
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    Of course, where there is water there are bridges. Here are two shots of the railroad bridge and electrical overhead stancions that span two streets beside the Second Canal. Just to the right of this bridge is where Holyoke's railway station was, along with two or three of it's first hotels...now long gone although the shell of one remains.
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    Since its beginning the mills and light industry of Holyoke have been manned by immigrants...first the French, then the Polish, and finally the Irish. Today the city is 50% Latino, and they have found good use for many of the naked sides of buildings in the Canal District. Here are just two examples:

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    Finally....this office building faces the Second Canal and is still in use for several small businesses...but I shot it primarily because of the really bizarre abstract reflections on this particular morning...not a great shot, just interesting.
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    Hope you enjoyed this little tour. I love photographing architecture, especially when it "tells a story". Let me know what you think.
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nice pics
    Like the murals on the walls
     
  3. Thanks, Gale, so do I. Get to drive by them at least twice per week...and others as well.
     
  4. vettenut

    vettenut

    Feb 27, 2006
    Tolland CT
    Harry, All I'm getting is the dreaded red "X". I'll try again tomorrow. OOOps, they just showed up. Nice Pics Harry I especially like the shots of the mill and reflections of the canals.- Jeff
     
  5. I like that shot of the windows reflecting in the water myself, Jeff. Glad you liked the mills...its a part of living in these old New England cities that intriques me...watching them decline, come back, morph, etc. I love the old buildings and the technological inventiveness that helped make this country the industrial power that it was.
     
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