"The Spirit of the Rum II"
pastel on Wallis, 12 x 16 inch
copyright 2010 MaryAnn Cleary
This is another pastel of the river that runs along my backyard. This beautiful river, the Rum River, is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. What this means is that the integrity of the river is preserved and protected. It is meant to prevent damage from uncontrolled development and preserve the beautiful scenery surrounding it as well as the wildlife seen along the river. Turtles, birds, eagles, hawks, deer and more. The river is 148 miles long and it begins in Lake Mille Lacs and finally ends by flowing into the Mississippi River.
The name of the river has history as well. The Sioux called Lake Mille Lacs the Spirit Lake. Apparently, the Europeans mistranslated "Spirit" to "Rum".
The waters of Minneosta are precious and they should be preserved and cared for so that the generations to come are able to enjoy their beauty and recreation.
A print of this pastel is available here at Fine Art America..
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