Photographer's Note

Near Cambria on the wild Californian coast lie many abandoned old farms. All that remains of the hopes and dreams of this rancher is a clump of shade trees and a windmill. These little windmills were modest affairs that ensured that early homesteaders had a constant water supply for themselves and their livestock. The wind turns the slats, moving the wheel, which then turns a shaft and gears that power machinery. The machinery pumps water from the ground and into a tank.

Although the dreams of this pioneer have long ago dissolved into dust, nature's riot of colourful growth blanketing the old farm now provides a sanctuary for small animals and joy to the traveller...

This may be my last posting before my pending trip to the UK: Leaving May 13; returning June 11, 2006.

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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