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Bend in the Cove

As we made our way into a rainy Cades Cove we found several places to jump out of the vehicles and snap some shots. Even though the rain was falling, and quite heavy at times the rainy gloomy weather produce some nice scenes regardless. Cannot let a little bit of rain hold back 9 photogs and their cameras. This was one of the spots we hopped out of the vehicles and shot away for a few minutes before the rain chased us back into a dry vehicle.


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John Cable Mill

 The Cable Mill which was built by John Cable in 1867, is one of the most popular landmarks in Cades Cove. In the late 1800s, this mill provided homesteads with a place to turn corn or wheat into flour for making bread. In addition to converting grains into flour, the mill was used to mill lumber. In fact, the farmhouse a brief walk away was made out of lumber cut on this very mill.

The mechanics of the eleven-foot tall wheel were well designed but simple. The large water wheel that drives the grist mill is an overshot mill – this simply means that the fast-flowing mountain streams strikes the top of the wheel. As the wheel turns, it drives a runner stone that turns. There is a very small gap between the runner stone and the stationary stone below and the corn or grain is fed into this area from a gravity-fed hopper. The miller, which was quite skilled in his trade, could position the corn or grain at a certain spot on the stone to achieve the desired fineness of the cut. I happened to get a shot of the miller that day (excuse the noise) it was a dark rainy day and it was virtually pitch black with no light inside the mill and I was fumbling around with my settings to get a quick shot so I know the ISO was sky high.

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