Hyde Mill is one of Wisconsin photographers favorite subjects. Its located in Ridgeway in Iowa County in Southwest Wisconsin. It’s future is uncertain since the parcel of land its on has been up for sale since 2008. The mill was built in 1850 and is no longer functioning. Mill Creek still flows by, providing a relaxing sound. However, the area surrounding the mill is replete with artifacts left from when it was a functioning mill.
There is a row of millstones on display on the grounds. This was two years ago, now they are behind a fence. There are other artifacts as well.
Up on a hill nearby is the Old Mill House, built in 1876.
Other interesting places are in Hyde near the mill. The Hyde Chapel.
The Hyde Store. A busy establishment, the store host many parties and live music performances.
It was time to revisit the mill, AT NIGHT. I had just bought a new camera, the Canon Rebel T6i after learning it was capable of astro-photography. We also found out the mill is located in one of the darkest spots in Wisconsin. This Light Pollution map was our guide and is updated yearly. This was the result, wow! My objective was to photograph the Milky Way as a backdrop behind the mill.
Darkness of mill location.
The view behind the mill was just as impressive, both photos taken on the bridge.
It is always enjoyable to visit here no matter the season.
- Spooky Ridgeway (lauriesportraits.wordpress.com)