Picture of the Day - October 16, 2009
"The barn at dusk"
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Back in 1897, Noah "Bud" Ogle was told by the land assessor that the
400 acres he and his wife, Cindy, would build their log home on was
"not fit for farming." Despite that negative but well-intentioned
caution, Bud and Cindy lived in a small cabin while they raised the
beginnings of the larger cabin which stands in the
Smoky Mountains National Park today.
Life as a farmer back in those days was not easy, but the Ogle
family had some niceties most of their neighbors did without. A log
flume carried spring water to the back porch where it emptied into a
double sink hollowed from a single large log. Running water!
They also ran a small grist mill alongside a nearby stream for
grinding corn into cornmeal. They let their neighbors use it for a
fee of one gallon per bushel ground. Widows and less fortunate
neighbors used the mill for free.
No, life was not easy for these pioneers. But in return for hard
work, simple living and a concern for family and friends alike, they
were rewarded with a life lived in one of the most beautiful
settings on the planet. As the weary Bud Ogle returned to his barn
at the end of the day, he had to do nothing but look around to know
his life was a success.
This shot of Noah "Bud" Ogle's barn is an HDR image made up of three
separate exposures, all taken with a tripod-mounted Nikon D40.
Name: Rick Rouse
Town: Abingdon, VA
Great job as always Gordon. Your photos and stories of the Smokies
are both entertaining and educational. Thanks a bunch!
Name: Mary Bligh
Town: Adelaide, Australia
Nice job with the HDR Mr. Brugman. I hate it when it is used to
excess and yours never are.
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
Town: Buffalo, NY
Mr. Brugman's photos are always a joy to behold, and this is no
exception. A wonderful fall scene with a captivating story. Just
perfect for TodaysPhoto.org.
Winston "Rocky" Rockwell
Town: Kirkland, WA
A lovely scene, Gordon, another spot your photos have made me want
to visit in person someday. I'd like to see this one somewhat
brighter, just to pull a little more detail from the shadows, but
the composition is perfect! And I love the little lessons in the
history of the area.
Name: Kathy Beach
Town: Maryville, TN
Gordon, any picture you take, no matter how you do it, is always
done to perfection. Your narratives are always so enjoyable, too.
Thank you for always sharing a bit of yourself with the pictures you
share with us.
Town: Spokane, WA
Awesome photo Gordon!! You have had many fine photos here, but IMHO,
this is one of your best. I love all of the colors and your HDR work
is top notch!! If you had not mentioned HDR, I would have been hard
pressed to tell that the process was used, which seems like the best
way to use it!! Great photo!!
I also enjoyed the information shared with the photo. Life was hard
in many ways for those pioneers, but as you said, it was a much more
peaceful time. You did not need to worry about your children walking
down the street and having something bad happen to them. People knew
who their neighbors were and cared about them.
Anyway, thanks for sharing another great photo with us!! I really do
like this one!
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