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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a historic grist mill which uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all of the machinery in the building.  Built in 1886, the mill is located at its original site, just north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, near Cherokee, North Carolina.

From mid-March to mid-November, a miller is present to demonstrate the process of grinding corn into cornmeal. In addition, cornmeal and other mill-related items are available for purchase at the mill.

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The previous three photos were taken in the early evening on November 7, 2013; and the lighting wasn't the best. So I decided to include the following image, also taken on November 7, but five years earlier, in 2008, and at mid-afternoon.

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16 comments:

  1. Perhaps the lighting may not have been the best, but I think you did quite well with these lovely photos, Linda.

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  2. These are great, Linda! Nice composition on each and every one. I believe the first one is my favorite. So glad I found your blog!

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  3. I quite like the first one better also. Sure there's more fall colours showing in the last one but there's something moody about the light in #1 that I really like.

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  4. Makes me want to get my blunderbuss out, and go turkey hunting

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  5. absolutely awesome photos! loving your photography.
    enjoy your day~

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  6. i like them all! the first ones are almost a gritty, old-timey feel. really neat place. beautiful photos.

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  7. Beautiful pictures showing a simple but effective technology.

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  8. Oh, I just hate when the light doesn't cooperate. However, all of the images are beautiful and wonderfully composed. You certainly have visited some gorgeous areas of the country.

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  9. I love the desaturated look in the first three images contrasted with the warm colors of the last one. Such a beautiful spot, that you captured so well. The little waterfall is super!

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  10. I like that they demonstrate the process of grinding for the visitors, Linda, it must be interesting to see the mill in operation.

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  11. The mills in the Smokies are favorite destinations for me. I love their brilliant, earthy workings. And your photos have captured Mingus Mill beautifully.

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  12. i will have to tell the hubby about this one. we do try to see all mills when traveling. that is not too far away. going on the list now. thanks for sharing. i know probably it is easier to make grains & such without grist mills but i wonder why they are not the norm any more ... so impressive. i love their style & their history. great times. ( :

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  13. Hi Linda I love the moodiness in the first 3 better than the colour in the last one.

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  14. I love style of this mill and very appreciative to you for all the information you provide with each of your photo's.

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