Smoky Mountains Mills & Barns


The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is loaded with historic structures; mills, barns, schoolrooms, churches and many cabins. It was both interesting and a fun exercise to stop at each site and create some compositions. Even though the light was not always ideal, I tried to make the best of things, worked the scenes and came away with some images I’m happy with. At Mingus Mill the long water trough created a nice leading line. The smoke coming out of the pipe added an accent to the mill whose water wheel was concealed inside. The cantilever barn and old wagon made a fun subject and it was a good time to bracket in order to capture both the shadows and highlights. We stopped at another mill that was as quaint as could be and so was the miller who would frame himself in the window from time to time. Back on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail the Little Tub Mill was bathed in green from the moss growing everywhere and the light filtering through the young green leaves. I’ve always loved anything old fashioned and walking into these sites and structures was like walking into the past.

‘Mingus Mill in Spring’ © Denise Bush

‘Mingus Mill’ © Denise Bush

‘Framed Barn’ © Denise Bush

‘Well Traveled’ © Denise Bush

‘Quaint Mill & Miller’ © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Miller’ © Denise Bush

‘Hayloft’ © Denise Bush

‘Little Tub Mill’ © Denise Bush

10 Responses to “Smoky Mountains Mills & Barns”

  1. Nice shots. I love that area. The Mountain Miller looks like Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, wonder if he has a second job?

  2. 2 Deb Mckee

    Awesome shots, great to relive the experience again! It’s cool to see the photo’s that we both took, yet the different take on the same scenes.

  3. 3 Greg DeAngelis

    Beautiful as usual!!!!

  4. Wow. You captured and processed some wonderful images. Good work. The structures are interesting subjects to photograph.

  5. I love your model! Great images!

  6. 6 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for looking and leaving comments!!! I should be done posting the rest of my favorites in the next couple of weeks.

  7. 7 Bonnie Rovere

    Wonderful images Denise. Mountain Miller is a great bit of color!

  8. 8 Cathie

    So nice! Love this series Denise!

  9. Well done. Nice series. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  10. 10 denisebushphoto

    Thanks Bonnie, Cathie & Jeff! (Thinking about Cape Cod Jeff!)

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