Project 365 – Day 269: The Pont Honoré Mercier and Moulin Fleming

September 25 2012

I’ve been planning to visit the Honoré Mercier bridge over in the borough of LaSalle for sometime to get a particular shot from between the 2 spans. Having taken the metro to Anrignon at the end of the green line, then the 106 bus that terminates near the bridge, I found they were doing some major repairs and it wasn’t possible to get to the spot I had planned, so much for my plan😦

So I had to make do with a few shots from the side. Just next to the railway bridge that crosses the Saint Lawrence (I checked Google maps and it appears the bridge has no name), there’s a little concrete pier jutting out into the river, so I decided to make a long exposure shot from here.

Pont Honoré Mercier

Pont Honoré Mercier
ISO 100 – 70mm – f32 – 37 secs

Pont Honoré Mercier

Pont Honoré Mercier
ISO 100 – 25mm – f9.5 – 31 sec

Railway bridge with no name in LaSalle

Railway bridge with no name in LaSalle
ISO 100 – 70mm – f32 – 38 secs

Another reason I’ve been wanting to head out to this area was to shoot the (almost) 200 year old Fleming windmill. The windmill stands alongside blvd LaSalle, just west of the railway bridge.

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle
ISO 320 – 18mm – f11 – 1/10 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle
ISO 320 – 18mm – f11 – 1/10 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The windmill was built in 1815 by a young Scottish immigrant,William Fleming. The current mill dates back to 1827 and is the only Anglo -Saxon type mill in the whole of Quebec. It ceased operating in 1891, but in 1930 was restored  by the firm,  Burroughs Wellcome. In 1983 the Quebec Government classified the 5-story mill as an historical monument. The mill was later restored in 1990, An interpretation centre and a country theatre is open to the public every weekend during the summer (Mid-May until the end of August).

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle
ISO 100 – 28mm – f9.5 – 1/30 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle
ISO 320 – 48mm – f6.6 – 1/350 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle

The Fleming Windmill in LaSalle
ISO 100 – 220mm – f5.3 – 1/350 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

While waiting for the bus to come, I grabbed a quick shot the Seagram’s Distillery water tower . The Distillery had been producing whiskey, Captain Morgan Rum and other products since 1933 but closed in 2003. I didn’t have time to go and check out the old brick distillery building today, one for the future perhaps.

The Seagram Water Tower in LaSalle

The Seagram Water Tower in LaSalle
ISO 100 – 80mm – f11 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

I’ve seen some shots of the windmill in winter and without the leaves on the trees there are a few more angle opportunities, so I hope to head back when we have some snow. Hopefully by then I will able to get my shot of the Mercier bridge – it may look even better with ice flowing down the Saint Lawrence🙂

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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