I do some of my shots in sepia. Those I do, I also post the color version and visa versa. The next half dozen or so postings will be the counter part to an already posted shot. Please indulge the repetitiousness of a few images, as some prefer one over the other and I try to please.

The outhouse was thought to have come about in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were outback of the inns in Europe. Due to a lot of people not being able to read they used symbols to make “his” & “hers”. A sun or star was most often used for men and a crescent moon for women. These also provided the air freshener in the way of a breeze….Some of the more humorous times around the outhouse was around Halloween in this country. Kids pulling pranks would turn them over. For time to time they would be occupied. One elderly fellor had enough. One Halloween he moved the outhouse forward a few feet. It wasn’t long till he heard crys for help, and figured he knew where. His guess was right as he found a young man waist deep in the deposits of the outhouse, trapped with no way to climb out.

Taken at The Mountain Farm Muesum, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains…outhouse is also seen in Golden Morn II.


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  • Bruce Moon
    Bruce Moonover 5 years ago

    Even in sepia, The background is stunning! I need to get my Rooted pic on my page changed into Sepia, sometimes it makes a world of difference.
    Bruce Moon

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 5 years ago

    Love this in sepia- fantastic shot

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsover 5 years ago

    Love both versions and I can’t decide which I like both. There was a friend of my parents who when she was young, was all dressed and ready for a date one Saturday night and totally unaware that her father had moved the outhouse that afternoon…….:-) My dad always said that you could hear her screaming for

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3over 5 years ago


  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausover 5 years ago

    Great shot.

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 5 years ago

    Hard pressed to decide which I prefer. More stunning photography. Superb!

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    We have a few of those “little buildings” on the historical sites here. Great capture, Gary. xx

  • jadeast
    jadeastover 5 years ago

    At the grade school I attended there were two of these. In later years they were secured to prevent tipovers

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 5 years ago

    Gary, this scene is just perfect for the sepia presentation that you chose, gives it a totally timeless appearance, well captured and presented,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderover 5 years ago

    I like both shots. Super history and story to go along with this shot. Now days I hear of kids turning over port-a-johns as pranks.

    Smart ol’ fellor. Served that young man right.

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