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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mill Pond in the rain

As you walk along the River Walk next to the trolley tracks, you pass Mill Pond. Most of us know it as an upscale housing development. The houses are new, and new construction continues. Before my time, this round pond was actually part of the old mill, and was surrounded by buildings related to milling wood. There's a very short waterway (only the width of the River Walk and the tracks) that connects the pond with the Columbia River. Each house is unique, and some are actually quite strange in their floor plans, but I'm glad that the codes required a look that makes them compatible with the old Victorians of Astoria. Birds love the pond, and you can always see various species swimming here or roosting on a few pieces of wood sticking out of the water. The hills behind the buildings are a little higher than you see here. On this rainy day, they're obscured by clouds. Mill Pond is the round body of water near the river's edge in this aerial photo.

7 comments:

Jacob said...

I like this photo a lot, Sheryl. And I love those houses! Wow! But I'll bet they are pricey!

The weather appears to have cleared a bit when you took this shot.

Don and Krise said...

On a day that looks much like it looked here today. Slightly foggy and a mist that fell most of the day. I really like the railing in the foreground here.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice shot !! Beautiful !!Unseen Rajasthan

cieldequimper said...

For some reason, this reminds me a bit of Gig Harbor. It shouldn't as it's quite different. I like the foggy atmosphere.
New houses everywhere, when will it stop?

Vogon Poet said...

Thanks for the link to the aerial photo, it places this pond better in contest. I like the idea of the very different houses surrounding the lake.

Amy said...

very pretty!

Anonymous said...

this looks pretty now, but I worked at Astoria Plywood, which was where this development is. The mill closed down in 1989, but was one of the biggest employers in Astoria for many many years. I miss it, but if anything had to be in that location, this is a good thing.

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