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This is another view of the dam on Henry Ford's Estate. Here are some more of those thin stones that were used throughout the grounds, seen in my photos from sculpting a hillside to the wall of the boathouse. In contrast to the last post this is from below the dam. It's not down those stairs in the previous shot, though. Those just lead right into the water. It's not a very tall structure. If I were to guess I would say it is about 5 meters in height at most. Also the water it held back is wider than the river but still very much like a river in width so it doesn't appear too unnatural. It was all about appearing natural and I think they succeeded.

In this shot, too, you can see some mortar, maybe, holding those stones on the side together. Though it's not evident everywhere. I guessed that maybe there was a concrete core these stones were set into, much like
Opus Incertum or Opus Latericium (bricks inserted into a core). Or, perhaps, there was such great attention to detail that even the mortar was hidden. Or, thirdly, the mortar may have just eroded away. In any case, these walls are quite solid. The boathouse still stand inserted into a hill and these along the river have survived many floods. I know I felt no shakiness as I ran across these.

And just a quick mention. The image seems tilted but I measured the top of the fall several times and found it level. Is it just my eyes or is there a noticeable optical illusion?

In post-processing I ran increased the contrast to +4 before re-sizing and sharpening.

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