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Post #5 in the photo session with “Didi”
Again we do almost the same cut and compo, with only marginal differences – in this one I preferred to do some adjustment of light and contrast, like ‘faking’ a polarizer. When doing the compo I also liked to use the parallel line of the shadow and the “mill turner” at right in the photo.

This time off the high cliffs and mountains down in the valley and the beautiful village of Cucugnan. Do not miss my friend 'Didi' or Said on his way to the village: workshop
The village of Cucugnan, which had fame conferred upon it by a well-known story, Le Curé de Cucugnan. The tale relates how the priest in the village, alarmed by the lack of faith among his parishioners, conjured up such dreadful visions of hell in a fire-breathing sermon that subsequent visitors to the village were struck by the universal piety of the inhabitants. The story was originally told in Occitan by Achille Mir, one of a group of 19th-century writers known as the "Félibres", dedicated to keeping Provençal culture (or at least a sanitised version of it) alive. It was subsequently popularised by another member of the group, Alphonse Daudet, in his collection of tales of Provençal life Lettres de mon Moulin ("Letters from my Windmill"). This probably accounts for the fact that lots of people think Cucugnan is in Provence.
Incidentally, the church in Cucugnan has an unusual statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary (to be presented in the next posting in this series.)

The mill building as well as the mechanism were rehabilitated in 2003. It is mentioned on the documents of file in 1692 and belongs to the lord of Cucugnan until the Revolution. It is considered in ruins in 1838. Its wings are directed vis-a-vis with the wind thanks to a swivelling roof. They are equipped with fabric which the miller unfolded according to the force of the wind. The main beam is in oak and the gears out of boxwood. The horizontal grinding stones are out of granite. It testifies to a mixed-farming where the corn held a dominating place until half of the XIXème century. The local economy rested on cereals and the breeding of goats and sheep.

Extract from mairie.cucugnan.free.fr

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