Day 287 – Mingus Mill 

just before the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park .  

This statement is wrong : I thought it still was a working mill but the wheel seems to be missing.  Did some reading on the Mingus Mill on Wikipedia. There was never a waterwheel but it has some kind of small metal turbine wheel that drives the mill stones. It is still a working mill. It underwent a second restoration in 1968. 

 You can buy ground corn meal and a t shirt.  The money all goes to support the park. It is the only park that doesn’t charge admission so it needs additional funding to help with such programs as fighting the woolie aedelgid which is decimating the Eastern Hemlock. Dead hemlocks parade thru the Appalachians killed by this bug and the park service is engaged in a deadly battle with them treating 5000 infested hemlocks this year alone. 


Watercolor in my Stillman and Birn Zeta.  

But back to Mingus Mill, a very interesting old building that sits back in the woods. It was restored in 1937. The steps are old mill wheels. The mill race is still gushing with water. 

You have to cross a small stream to visit the mill. Very picturesque setting. 

  Bishops Cap

There are some lovely wildflowers there. 

Canadian violets with a wild orchis or orchid near the mill. 

The mill painting is painted with the same colors as yesterday’s painting.
Paint the background first. Sky and leaves.  Streak in the background trees with soft greys and Blues after it dries. The foreground tree limbs are darker to make the background recede. 

Thanks for looking. 

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