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Obsession With The Rust

Obsession with the Rust - Old Rusty Farm Equipment Photography

Obsession With The Rust

Do you have an obsession with something? For me, I have an obsession with rust – something old, something rusty, something with history and a story. I find myself drawn to items that you can look at or picked up and imagine a person using. What was life like back at the time this item was used? What challenges did the people face? 

I focus on how time changes items and the steps the world has maybe made for the better, or for the worse. Depending on how one looks at the item.

Any clue what this is?

CLUE: Farming has always been a large part of Wisconsin’s history.
ANSWER: Manure spreader.

Obsession with the Rust

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See America

See America Old Travel Bus Photography Print

See America

Traveling the country roads from one state park to another on a recent trip to Tennessee, we came upon a bus graveyard.

I could see many of the buses from the roadway and the grounds have clearly marked no trespassing. There was one place that really caught my attention, the see America bus.

We pulled over and I shot this from the road. The perfect message right here. You can see small pieces of America, one road trip at a time. For myself, life is all about adventure and I am just along for the ride.

 

 

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Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat Sturgeon Bay

Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat Sturgeon Bay - The Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat docked along the bay in Sturgeon Bay. The historic Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin steel bridge and Bay Ship makes up the background of the photo.

Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat Sturgeon Bay

The Jacquelyn Nicole Tugboat docked along the bay in Sturgeon Bay. The historic Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin steel bridge and Bay Ship makes up the background of the photo.

Tugboats line the shores between the two bridges in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  You never know what tugs or large ships will be passing through. The Jacquelyn Nicole is about to embark on another venture on Lake Michigan.

 

 

 

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SS Calumet Freighter

The SS Calumet freighter is in the bulk freighter class. Bulk freighters carry unpackaged bulk cargo like grain, coal, cement and ore. Photography by Nikki Vig




The SS Calumet freighter is in the bulk freighter class. Bulk freighters carry unpackaged bulk cargo like grain, coal, cement, and ore.

The Calumet has an interesting past.  It was sold three times and named four, since 1973.

The SS Calumet Freighter History

Name One

The SS Calumet was built in 1973 by the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio as the William R. Roesch for the Union Commerce Bank, Ohio, and managed by Kinsman Marine Transit.

Name Two
In 1994, she was transferred to Oglebay-Norton.  She was renamed David Z. Norton, after company founder David Zadock Norton on March 31, 1995.

Name Three
In 2006, Oglebay-Norton sold its fleet of River class ships to Grand River Navigation. The Norton was renamed David Z..

Name Four
The ship was sold to Rand Logistics in 2008, being renamed Calumet, after the original Calumet, built in 1929 for US Steel, which was scrapped in 2007.

I captured her at sunset on a warm summer night.  Just as she was pulling into the Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin to offload.

 

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Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures Old Farm Tractor Photography Print

Hidden Treasures

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What are these hidden treasures you may be asking? Old homesteads, barns, vehicles and antique gems. Places that hold stories within the walls and the equipment that reminds me of how much has changed over the past 100 years.

This tractor was one of two on an old cherry orchard property in Northern Door County was an excellent place to search for such treasures. 

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