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March 2, 2016

Elora Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Elora Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Elora Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

From the town of Elora, this six story mill was built in 1859. The whole area is a great place to visit, especially for photographers. The mill is beside the Elora Waterfall.

 

Elora Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Elora Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

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6 Comments »

  1. Absolutely stunning shots, and it just goes to show that you don’t need sunny weather for great photos.

    Comment by Ontario Travel Secrets — July 13, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  2. As a representative of the Elora BIA, thank you so very much for your wonderful photos!

    Comment by Terri Allan — September 15, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  3. Thank you Terri!!

    Comment by Harold — September 16, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  4. I always appreciate the care with which you compose and expose your landscapes. I also like to consider your choice of vantage points during my own visits to these sites. Your image of the Elora Mill and cataract is excellent; I surmise that you must have accessed your vantage point from along the retaining wall that separates the gorge from the defunct power plant’s calming pool, a daring walk I have not repeated myself (yet)! Both of your compositions benefit from the subdued earthy autumn colours against a broodingly mottled overcast sky. They evoke dualing moods: calmly sombre with the mmanence of winter. Very effective – thank you.

    Comment by Don Drews — March 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

  5. Thanks Don,
    The image was taken from the small spit of land near the bottom of the falls and it needs to be approached by crossing that retaining wall. It is fairly wide but unnerving as well.

    Have you ever gone down to the rock ledges by the falls and across from the mill. There is a metal ladder set into the concrete wall which gives access. It is a good setup spot as well.

    Thanks for the kind words, Harold

    Comment by Harold — March 16, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

  6. Hi Harold,

    Thanks for your kind reply. I know of that ladder and have passed it while walking along its connected concrete retaining wall (of the old hydro plant flume) to position my tripod, but I haven’t climbed down to the river floor from it. As you note, the retaining wall accessing the rock point facing onto the cataract is reasonably wide (14″?) but I’ve chosen, each time, to view Islet rock from the next promontory which is not as clear of foliage nor as close; it’s an inferior vantage point. Your photographic site gave a dramatic perspective with (I assume) a 22-24 mm wideangle.

    As an aside, we were quite pleased with the new Drimmie dam replacement and related hydrological / viewing platform in our upriver visit on March 14th; the Guelph Mercury reported on development plans for the Elora Mill and the empty industrial site formerly occupied by the Tiny Tots toy manufactury:

    http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4412679-elora-mill-to-be-restored-conference-centre-added/

    Kind regards,
    Don

    Comment by Don Drews — March 16, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

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