Water Pump Gears

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My last posting of the Joshua Tree shadow didn’t wow many of you, but I’m still working on the photos I made on a recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park, so here’s another. This is part of a water pump at a well-preserved old mill where the local miners used to take their gold ore to be crushed and the gold extracted. A small engine off to the left had a belt that drove the smaller wheel, which has a small gear that drove the big gear. That made the wooden bar go up and down; its other end is connected to the handle of the old-fashioned water pump itself. The pump sent water up to the mill. That had two big stamps that smashed the rocks, so it must have made quite a racket. Odd how given time something obnoxiously industrial becomes appealingly weathered and historical.

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2 responses

  1. I really like the depth and shadows that this photo creates. What would it look like cropped to a vertical with the pipe on the right gone?

    August 5, 2013 at 2:53 am

    • Probably would be more a square than a vertical, but that could be nice. Do you find the pipe distracting?

      August 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

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