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In 1936, Civilian Conservation Corps photographer and landscape architect Edouard Exline took this photograph of a boy in the Smokies. Though the scene depicts a run-of-the-mill chore—drawing water from a well drilled on the property—it’s a favorite of Mike Aday, the librarian-archivist for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No matter what the season or weather outside, to Aday, the image evokes cold, clear water on a hot summer day. “I can almost hear the song of cicadas and the whisper of a warm breeze through the dry grass,” he says. “Was he daydreaming, looking into the depths of the well? Was he wishing he was somewhere else? Fishing perhaps, or sitting under the shade of a poplar reading a comic book?”

NPS, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK PHOTO

In 1936, Civilian Conservation Corps photographer and landscape architect Edouard Exline took this photograph of a boy in the Smokies. Though the scene depicts a run-of-the-mill chore—drawing water from a well drilled on the property—it’s a favorite of Mike Aday, the librarian-archivist for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No matter what the season or weather outside, to Aday, the image evokes cold, clear water on a hot summer day. “I can almost hear the song of cicadas and the whisper of a warm breeze through the dry grass,” he says. “Was he daydreaming, looking into the depths of the well? Was he wishing he was somewhere else? Fishing perhaps, or sitting under the shade of a poplar reading a comic book?”

Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath

Holly Kays photo

Where hell started

Michael Luciano and Anthony Fulton found the fire while riding their ATVS just a few hundred yards from their home in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

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Voyageur Press, an Imprint of Quarto Publishing photo

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Evan Sung photo

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Susan Ray Brown Photo

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Johnny Autry Photo

The Washington Post called Victuals “a love letter to Appalachia, with recipes.” If those seven words aren’t enough to convince you to pick up Ronni Lundy’s new cookbook, the heartfelt narration and evocative photography inside should do the trick. more

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NOAH WIESE PHOTO

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Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

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