Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Michelle Weber writes: “This week, share what you see on the inside. It could be something literally inside, like these birds in the rebar or the inside of your home or favorite hideaway. If you’d like, go in a personal direction — share a photo of your best friend laughing, showing how she feels on the inside, or an arresting shot of your son’s blue eyes (windows to the soul, dontcha know). This is also a great opportunity to put what you learned in Jeff Sinon’s guest post on composition into practice.”

My entry this week consists of three shots I recently took on a trip to The Canadian Historic Windmill Centre, at Etzikom, Alberta. At one time the Canadian prairies were dotted with hundreds, perhaps even thousands of windmills to pump the much needed water from wells. Visit the other entries here.

English style windmill

English style windmill

Notice the pole in the middle of the stairway, extending downwards to the ground. It was used to turn the whole windmill in order to catch the wind from every direction.

Poster with history of first windmills in North America

Poster with history of first windmills in North America

Inside shot of the windmill, I like the contrast background wood, from which the poster is displayed.

Inside the windmill

Inside the windmill

When I think of windmills, I also think of the song by Dusty Springfield:

The Windmills of Your Mind

Round
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of it’s own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly? 
Was it something that you said? 
Lovers walk along a shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand? 
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And the fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong? 
When you knew that it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the colour of her hair

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

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About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: dimlamp.wordpress.com gwh photos: gwhphotos.wordpress.com

8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

  1. Follygirl says:

    Even as a small child I visited really often a postmill. There was also a complete village museum with old houses. Very intersting and you can learn a lot from the earlier times.

  2. dimlamp says:

    A good memory for you. Yes indeed, there is lots to learn from history, which can and often does influence the present and the future.

  3. frizztext says:

    thank you for the tribute Dusty Springfield!

  4. dimlamp says:

    You’re welcome, it brings back thoughts and memories of years gone by.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Excellent choice Garth – and of course the song is perfect!

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