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This is the windmill which lies towards the east part of the little village of St. Monans in the East Neuk of Fife.

But this isn't any ordinary windmill. This windmill was not built for grinding corn. Although St. Monans is now a fishing village, in its past it was a centre for coal exportation, shipbuilding and salt production.

No, this windmill was actually a wind-driven pump built to lift sea water through pipes into salting pans which lay nearby and which were fired by the locally mined coal. You can read more about it on that wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website here.

In fact, if you click on Map:[view] you can actually see the remains of the salting pans between the windmill and the shore. In fact, you can just make out some ruins of them in the right part of the photograph.

Shot in RAW using a polarising filter and converted and edited in PSE6.

All comments/critiques/advice welcome!

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