by Steve Templeton
Photograph - Digital Photograph
The Mabry Mill is the most photographed attraction along the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 176. The water for the mill is supplied via very extensive and long series of wooden troughs. Most pictures I see of this mill have blue water in the pond, but this is the actual color of the water on this day, as it was not reflecting the colors in the blue sky.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
My wife and I traveled to the Northern end of the Parkway during the fall, for the express purpose of photographing the gorgeous autumnal colors in the Parkway. The night we arrived to begin our Southern journey, it just so happened that a huge line of thunderstorms blew through that part of the country, and almost every leaf that had already turned red was blown off it's tree.
That's the life of the photographer; you "pays" your money, and you "takes" your chances. It's happened before, and will probably happen again, but, there always remains something beautiful to see and capture with my camera, regardless of less than perfect conditions, and it's always worth the journey.
May 28th, 2022
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