Tuesday, 13 October 2009

ABC Wednesday - M

M is for Machinery

I loved the colour and shape of this part of the machine, and the fact that it is dated 1869. What is it? Look through the gaps for a clue.
La Richardais Marina, Rance Basin, Brittany
Here is the best shot I could get of the full thing, as I squeezed between all the parked cars. I would have liked to see it working
but we were entertained on this very windy day by the chase down, and rescue, of a yacht that had broken its moorings.

From the sea to the land. There is a surprising amount of old farm machinery in fields and I can never resist taking a photograph, especially if it is rusty. This is June when the fields in the Yorkshire Dales were full of yellow flowers. A little subdued in this photograph as the mist was rolling down the hills. (Click for full size and the Ribblehead Viaduct is in the background).

June is also a time for mowing the fields,( same day, and the same mist).
And here is some modern day farm machinery arriving in the field.

St Piere-de-Plesguen
Back to a sunny France where you can see the machinery of government in every town and village in the outward sign of the Mairie building. This one is festooned with flowers, as was the 11th century church grounds, from where this was taken.

Now these have all been still photographs but wouldn't it be nice to see some machinery working.

Its quite mesmerising, or is that just me. This 1945 German coil spring machine is apparently still producing left springs for saddles at the Brooks England Ltd factory. Brooks has been in existence since 1866 and make nice and comfortable bike saddles, amongst other things. People like them so much they send pictures into the website.

Move over to ABC Wednesday where you can enjoy more interpretations of the letter M


Sylvia K said...

Very interesting post and great photos! Great look at the M words!



photowannabe said...

I love old rusty things too and can't resist taking photos of them. Really nice series of pictures for the letter M.

Tumblewords: said...

Fascinating series of photos! Machinery has changed a lot in its time.

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful pictures of old machinery. The inventiveness was very impressive.

Babooshka said...

Fascinating and those misty images, just lovely.

Mara said...

I always wonder why they leave the old machinery in a field. Couldn't they be bothered to clear or did they think it would be so photographers one day would be thankful to them? Either way, great shots!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

There is sad beauty in old abandoned machinery

Roger Owen Green said...

Lots of abandonment in this ABCW round: abandoned machines, buildings. Hmm.

Grace and Bradley said...

What a marvelous post. Indeed we see Brooks saddle all over the world, and it is quite in fashion and demand. It is said that the leather will form and fit into the contour of your rear end after you sit on it and ride your bicycle for 100 miles.

Paula Scott said...

What a wonderful post of M's!!! Wow....interesting observation from Roger about abandonment. It's neat what others see about us that we can't, isn't it?
Love what you did here.

Reader Wil said...

Interesting post, Joy! I like the misty yorkshire Dales! The video is fascinating too! Thanks for showing and sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images. Thank you for your comment.



Q said...

A most interesting post. Thank you.
I loved the video too.