Sunday Morning TN Small Town Shoot…

Yesterday morning, the alarm went off way too early for my liking, but I had planned to meet up  with a friend and fellow photographer, Eric Henderson, for another TN Small Towns shoot. Last week I started a new series visiting and shooting in and around TN’s smallest towns.

Our intention this freezing cold morning was to visit 4 identified locations south east from Nashville.  The first was Lakewood Park, a census designated area near Beechgrove, TN.  The sun was rising as we hit the rural unincorporated community. We found a small restaurant at the corner of Gnat Hill road and Hoodoo road. Yes, that are the real names!

Heather's Corner Cafe, Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Heather’s Corner Cafe”, Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

Down the road from Heather’s we found a few photo opportunities including a farm house with evidence of kids, a tire swing and a bicycle left leaning against a tree. I had to stop and shoot the scene as the sun continued to rise.

"Red Bicycle", Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Red Bicycle”, Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Broken", Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Broken”, Lakewood Park, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

Our next stop was Bell Buckle, a picturesque small town that is the home to a prestigious private school, The Webb School, and a very quaint strip mall of cafes and antique stores. The light was almost perfect as we neared the town forcing us to stop and shoot around a farm.

"Vines and Boards", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Vines and Boards”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Silo Sunrise", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Sunrise Silo”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

In Bell Buckle proper, we had a lot of areas to shoot with a plethora of subjects.

"Vines and Blocks", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Vines and Blocks”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"One Man's Junk", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“One Man’s Junk”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Bottles", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Bottles”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Vessels", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Vessels”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Pot and Stove", Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Pot and Stove”, Bell Buckle, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

A little more than 5 miles south on state highway 269 is Wartrace, the third of our small towns we planned to visit. Not as many photo opportunities jumped out to us here, but we did find a few buildings of interest.

"Texaco", Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Texaco”, Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Rail Crossing Bunkhouse", Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Rail Crossing Bunkhouse”, Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Peeling Paint", Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Peeling Paint”, Wartrace, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

Our last stop was Eagleville, where we found our opportunities on the outskirts of the small town.  Eric pointed out a view of the barn through the cattails to me and I shot it. Also, two trees overlooking the farm that drew my attention.

"Through the 'Tails", Eagleville, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Through the ‘Tails”, Eagleville, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

"Two Trees", Eagleville, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

“Two Trees”, Eagleville, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2014

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