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Mabry Mill is the most photographed spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and one of the top ten most photographed places in the country. As you navigate under the canopy of the parkways long, windy road the iconic Mill is impossible to miss. Beautiful year-round, it becomes a symbol of all that people love about fall in the northeast.
But, in 1905, the year it was built, Ed Marbry could not have envisioned its enduring popularity. For him, its humble purpose was just to mill grain grown on the local farms. It was so successful it became a cornerstone of the farming community.
Ed Marbry passed in 1938, and his wife sold the Mill to the parks department. From then, until today, it is a must-stop for those wanting to experience the Blue Ridge Parkway in full.
Cindy and I arrived at the Mill about 45 minutes before sunset. The lawn was already packed with at least half a dozen photographers guarding their coveted spots. I wasn't worried. I hate taking the same shot as other photographers. A quick scan of the area revealed what might be the right spot for me. Climbing a small wood fence, I tucked behind a large bush and set up my tripod.
I should have taken a picture of the other photographer's faces. It was sacrilege not to shoot from the iconic vantage point. Yet, within twenty minutes there were three other photographers nestled into the small patch of land to shoot from this view.
Is this shot as good as the well-known shot from the main lawn? I have no idea. It is original and, to me, just perfect.
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Shoot date: October 13, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
⅙ sec at f/11 Bias:‒ 1 EV
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM