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The Feed Plant

misty 011 [BL 7-9]

As my car was being treated at the garage I went for a walk south down the railroad track. Mostly there is no spectacular scenery, just rural, but for the keen eye there are little jewels, like the one above, everywhere. We are walking direction Koksilah River, where I photographed the trestle at an earlier date. This time an animal feed plant is the center of interest. Its transportation of goods still goes by rail.  The train comes from up north and I do not think any trains travel south of this feed company. The railroad’s shape is too horrible. People transportation stopped years ago and a walker can keep up with the speed of today’s freight train. As shown so often and here once again, lack of maintenance plagues us. It is the result of shortsighted political economic thinking, where maintenance of bridges, buildings, railroads etc is not on any lists of things to do.  At any rate I like walking the railroad so once in a while rain or shine.

The feed mill makes an interesting contribution to the landscape and I like to share a few photographs.

Top Shelf Feeds Inc [BL 7-9]

front entrance

Top Shelf Feeds Inc (2) [BL 7-9]

Top Shelf Feeds Inc (3) [BL 7-9]


About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

12 responses to “The Feed Plant

  1. babso2you

    Great photos! The blue flower is a chicory!

  2. Places like this are wonderful to photograph. I really like these photos.

  3. I love rails. It is part of my fashion – travelling.

  4. I’ve shot this place once myself, a long time ago, it’s a great photography subject! I love the industrial feel it introduces into the natural surroundings, it’s a great dichotomy to explore with the lens. Fabulous shots, Joseph!

    • Seeing it from the highway all the time makes it not necessarily an easy object for interesting photographs.I go for railroad track walks and finally only now this scene wormed its way into my camera, lol. However, all of the scene and topic in this case could do with a little more exploring than a casual walk around the mill photographically speaking. At any rate these images make a nice possible intro to more photography portraying this site.

  5. ehpem

    The condition of Vancouver Island railways is a disgrace – they could be moving large numbers of people and reducing congestion on some highways for a lot less money than building new highways through parks and unspoiled areas.

    I really like these photos, especially the last one. I really must take my camera on a road trip this way sometime soon.

    • Hello ehpem, don’t get me started on the topic of maintenance of public sites and interests around here. Between developers’ interests and no sighted or short term government fiscal policies, things such as railroads (and the blue bridge, etc) don’t stand a chance of survival. My idea is to photograph it all while it’s still here.

      • ehpem

        Its an excellent idea, and with luck the images you take will survive somewhere safe. This is somethign I think of my own photos – the ones that have some historical merit I mean. It seems that places like the BC Archives is not well equipped to handle more photographs as currently they have something like 4 or 5 million uncatalogued prints and negatives. What they would do with thousands of digital image per photographer I can’t even imagine.

        • Hi ehpem, I never considered BC Archives as a possible home for the photographs I take. Instigating and organizing one’s own archives is the way to go and high on my priority list of near future projects (give me time and courage to start this reorganizing and documenting of the architectural photos) is the set up of such archives. A new website to put the work in public view probably has to tie in with such a project.

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