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Shadows of the Past by Nancy Richard

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Boyds wind grist mill is located in Middletown, Rhode Island, the last of two remaining. The 38’, eight vaned structure was built by John Peterson in 1810 in a “smock” style, so named because of its resemblance to a man in a smock. It was built from oak timbers which came from Peterson’s wrecked schooner.

Wm. Boyd first leased, then bought the mill in 1815. The grain provided feed for fattening livestock, and some for household use.

It deteriorated over the years and was restored in 1998.

I am deeply concerned about environment, wildlife, and animal welfare, feeling a strong commitment to leaving the planet in better shape for new generations. Therefore, I support a number of charities that reflect those interests.

I have a degree in English and Library Science, but if I had my life to live over, I would have loved to have been a photographer, writer, and/or National Park ranger.

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  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakeralmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful, Nancy! Three cheers for restoration!! We have lost so many beautiful structures from the past by just tearing them down.

  • Thanks, Judy. I’m so glad this was restored. Roland and I are always taking rides out there. I’ve yet to capture it in the morning with the sun hitting it from the east….just too lazy to get out there in the morning. LOL

    – Nancy Richard

  • Kratos
    Kratosalmost 4 years ago

    I’ve been a fan of windmills ever since I read Don Quixote in my teens…glad people are saving them now instead of just tearing them down to make way for “newer and better”.

  • Thanks, Laurie! I love them, too, right along with lighthouses.

    – Nancy Richard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wow stunning scene and capture Nancy.

  • Thanks so much,Andrea! Appreciate it.

    – Nancy Richard

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 4 years ago

    What a fabulous scene…Great lighting and well shot…

  • Thanks so much, John. So glad you like it.

    – Nancy Richard

  • hootonles
    hootonlesalmost 4 years ago

    A superb image Nancy

  • Thanks hoot!

    – Nancy Richard

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture :) xxx

  • Thanks, Denise! : )

    – Nancy Richard

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful Nancy. Great lighting and love the shadows.

  • Thanks, Ralph!

    – Nancy Richard

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