sweet as sugar…

…Just a couple miles inland from New Smyrna Beach, Florida are the ruins of an old sugar mill. The mill was constructed in 1830; one of sixteen sugar plantations built between New Smyrna and St. Augustine in the 1830s. The sugar mill supplied molasses for making rum and refined sugar. The Mill was a lucrative business until the entire plantation was destroyed during the Seminole War of 1835.

This is one of the original five cast iron vats. The juice from the crushed sugar cane was piped into the cooking kettles, and hand-ladled from vat to vat until it became syrup in the last vat.

The site was interesting to walk around. Lots of old, rusty and broken things to photograph. Not very large. And it was free. You can’t tell in these photographs, but there was a barrier around the ruins, so one can’t get up close and personal with anything. But since the barrier detracted from the ruins, I tried very hard to frame the photographs so that the barrier was hidden from view. (No Photoshopping to remove objects!) I must admit I spent more time photographing the trees than the ruins. I really liked the texture of the bark on the pine trees. Something I might combine with another photograph to see what interesting effect that creates…you’ll have to wait on that one!


Some of you might notice that many of these photos are shot with a pretty wide angle. I’m noticing that when I travel, I seem to really gravitate towards the widest I can go. I used to have a dedicated wide angle lens, but sold it a few years ago because I wasn’t using it. Now I wish I wouldn’t have sold it, ‘cause it was a nice piece of glass. So if anyone out there has a Nikon mount wide angle (even a prime), let me know! As some of you know, the nice ones aren’t cheap!

I hope this post wasn’t too long. I had several pictures I wanted to share so you could see the ruins as I did that afternoon.

And what outing wouldn’t be complete without a shadow picture of the photographer?