Detroit RotoGrate Stokers

The Lindale Mill is a great source of photo subjects.  The interior and exterior architectural elements are great but I find the remaining industrial equipment the most interesting.  These machines are part of the furnace and boilers in the building with the big smokestacks.  I’m not sure how old they are (could go all the way back to the turn of the century when it opened or as late as the 1970’s when the plant closed.

The company that made them is still in the business and continues to make these items:

The Detroit® RotoGrate Stoker is a continuous ash discharge, traveling grate, spreader stoker that is perfect for a broad range of applications. It is recognized worldwide for its efficiency in generating steam and power.

The industrial grunge is just so cool!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
12mm @ f/18 – 2 sec – ISO 320

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In the Catbird Seat

Anybody every wonder where that phrase came from (or do you even recognize it)?  The Gray Catbird is known to seek out the highest perches and sing from there.  The phrase “In the Catbird Seat” refers to having that highest position and therefore, being in a preferred situation (aka “Sitting Pretty”).

When I first spotted this bird I thought it was a Mockingbird.  The two species are closely related and share similar traits including the ability to mimic other animal sounds.  In the case of the Catbird, they have a call that sounds much like a cat’s Meow.

The easiest way to distinguish the Catbird from a Mockingbird is the orange/brown patch under the tail.

Gray Catbird
(Dumetella carolinensis )
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
340mm @ f/6.3 – 1/50 sec – ISO 400