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Mulhouse, mentioned for the first time into 803, was built on land that was frequently flooded, a challenge that resulted in the installation of water-pumping mills. Those same mills gave it its original German name, “Mülhausen,” and enabled it to launch itself into the local economy. The eight-paddled wheel that symbolizes the city and has appeared on its flag and its coats of arms since 1267 commemorates those early beginnings.

Today Mulhouse is a busy industrial town, but I was astonished at how fresh and sweet the water tasted. The public fountain in the town square has four amusing spouts from which runs a steady stream of fresh potable water. And humans are not the only beneficiaries of this sparkling drinking water. The pigeons that live in the eaves around the square happily refresh themselves here. I watched with great amusement as one took a bath and another had a drink. My shutter speed was unfortunately not fast enough to capture the bath, but the bright drops that still hang in the air here are the last traces of the vigorous splashing that was accompanied by a blur of feathers a split second earlier.

Tech: shot as jpeg, cropped slightly to eliminate part of the background, resized and sharpened for TE

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