I live in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina just a few minutes drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I never tire of the beauty of the mountains and consider myself blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Photography has taught me to see and appreciate beauty in almost everything. As I get older, I look at barns, old buildings and especially grist mills, in a totally different way, than I did when I was younger. They have a special place in my "Times Gone By" set, because they are passing with time, never to be replaced.

If you have looked at my photostream, you know by now that I enjoy landscape photography and love old grist mills. We plan weekend trips around the mills. I was very honored when two of my Grist Mill Photographs were published by WNC Magazine in their September 2008 issue.

I was again honored when Bear Lake Reserve, a resort located in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, used 14 of my photographs on their 2009 calendar.

Three of my photographs of the Train Wreck from the movie "The Fugitive" were purchased to promote the upcoming showing of the movie on TV Land.

In March 2009 two of my photos were published in NC Mountains and my fall photo of Bear Lake made the cover. NC Mountains is a magazine published by the Jackson County Tourism Authority.

Nashville Lifestyles Magazine published three of my photographs to illustrate a two page article on Bear Lake Reserve in their April 2009 issue.

On May 8, 2009, one of my photos was published in the Wall Street Journal in Christina Lewis' "Relative Values" column where she compares three homes for sale at similar price ranges in different cities selected according to a theme. Two other photos were used in their online publication.

Southern Tour Magazine did a six page article on Bear Lake Reserve in their Spring 2009 issue. They used 16 of my photographs to illustrate the article.

Legacy Magazine is a publication of The Highlander and The Crossroads Chronicle in Cashiers, NC. The August 2009 issue featured my photographs on the cover and in a double page spread.

The National Park Foundation is currently using one of my photographs online, in a slideshow to promote the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Bear Lake Reserve HOA/POA is using my photo of the first hole on the golf course as the cover shot for the 2010 Membership Directory.

The Terramesa Resort Properties Sales and Marketing Department choose five of my photographs to be published on the Bear Lake Reserve Brochure in 2010. They include the front cover, the inside cover, last inside page and the back cover.

In August of 2010, the Terrmesa Resort Sales & Marketing Department selected one of my photographs to be published on three different billboards, two in North Carolina and one in Georgia.

In October 2010, I emailed a copy of my photograph of "The Shadow of the Bear" to Julie Spiro, Director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, to see if she could use it to help promote tourism in our county. She did a regional news release and it was on WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC. The next day the Associated Press picked it up and it was on the web sites of ABC & NBC among many others.

In January 2011, NC Mountains, the Jackson County annual visitors guide, used one of my photographs on the cover. This is the second time my photographs have been used on the cover.

My blog features my published photography photographybyjaynes.blogspot.com/

My brother, Tom Jaynes, has been a photographer for most of his life. He attended every
course being taught at the Schools of Naval Photography. He was in the fleet only two years before he requested that he be sent to the Schools of Naval Photography as an instructor. He was accepted, and was the first instructor ever to be accepted as a Photographers Mate Second Class. The basic requirement had always been First Class.

He taught there for the next four years, while on the side he was preparing himself to be a photojournalist. The Navy, at that time, didn't think there was any place in the service for the small format of 120 or 35mm format cameras.

He did a picture from scratch and sent it to the Navy representative at Syracuse. In less that two weeks he received notification of acceptance. He would attend a one year cram of every aspect of photojournalism. The Navy issued him the best cameras available in the 1960s: two Leica M3's (with 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm lenses) He also got a Nikon SLR.

On graduation day, all the class members were read their orders. Tom's orders were to the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. He was a combat photographer.

He still says that Vietnam was the proving ground, something that require everything he'd ever been taught about photography. He said it was like he had been training for this assignment for 12 years. He said he got into some pretty hairy situations. He tried to think only about his job, forget everything else. He was totally into his work, and loved it.

His four year tour with the Combat Camera Group over with, 1969, the
Navy sent him back to the Schools of Naval Photography, Pensacola, for another four-year tour. He was the Senior Instructor and Supervisor of the Advanced Schools of Naval Photography, which he held until he retired.

I owe my interest in photography to Tom, aka WT. He taught me the basics of composition, framing, how to focus using the hyperfocal Point, and photography in general. Over the years our conversations usually got around to photography and I always considered them as learning experiences. I can say, even now, I am still learning from him.

He has a very interesting Flickr site. Check him out www.flickr.com/photos/tomjaynes/

I am also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator WD4MLA
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    reflective school says:

    "Jerry has an amazing talent for capturing the full beauty of nature.
    My favorite's are his wonderful landscapes and the passion and beauty he has
    for Mills, Mountains, and Barnes, to name a few.
    Not only does Jerry capture the beauty around him, but gives us the history behind his photos.
    I would give anything to be able to shoot beautiful landscapes such as his.

    Many of Jerry's incredible photos have been published time after time and like him, I'm proud he is receiving recognition as a gifted photographer. I congratulate him in his many achievements.
    I couldn’t believe someone with Jerry's talent would take the time to look at my photostream but he did, again and again.
    He radiates energy and sincerity, always finding time to leave a friendly and encouraging comment.
    Jerry is an incredible asset to the Flickr community, his contacts, friends, and future friends.
    Keep up your amazing work my friend, as there are many of us you have inspired and continue to do so.

    Your photographs will always touch my heart and soul. I'm so proud to call you my friend.

    Thank you Jerry and God bless you.


    A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed
    in the deepest sense, and is, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.
    ~Ansel Adams~"

    August 3rd, 2009

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    tnserose says:

    "Jerry was one of the first Fickr Friends that I have met and one of my favorites! He has always been very positive in his comments of my photos and we enjoy the same type of subjects (i.e. barns, mills, mountains) I love his sense of humor and wittiness. I love his eye for beauty and looking at the world though an unique perspective. I thank him for introducing me to his brother's wonderful works. I have enjoyed (through Jer's pics) holidays, vacations, seasons and friendships in the few short months we have known each other. His wife is a wonderful woman. I can tell as she patiently rides along with a camera toting spouse. And, of course, Buffy everything from Christmas to the beach, she is one stylish puppy! Jerry, Thank you for all you have been to me... Now, get out there and make some more photos!"

    June 19th, 2008

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    Backroad Drifter says:

    "Jerry is one of those people, who makes you feel like you know him. His comments are always uplifting and encouraging.. His work is worthy of frames and cards...In fact, he's so good, i often wonder why he is here and not relaxing on a beach somewhere reaping rewards from his Art..I'm thankful he takes time to share his visions with us.I often wonder though, if he has a bumper sticker that says "I break for pictures"...He sure seems to find good ones.
    You go Jerry...Long may you run...."

    May 25th, 2008

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    Sue Combs says:

    "Jerry is an amazing artist and so great at documenting the rich history of his area. His images evoke such sweet memories and lovely thoughts.
    He has the heart and soul of an artist.
    I am so blessed to be one of his contacts. He is supportive and helpful and has been such a dear friend."

    April 24th, 2008

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    plant crib says:

    "I am proud to call Jerry my flickr friend. I look forward to each new shot with anticipation. I feel like I have taken a walk through history each time I view his stream. He not only captures the beauty and history around him, but he gives the history behind it. Jerry's work proves that he sees with his heart, not his eyes. I can't wait to see what he does next!"

    December 10th, 2007

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    ilsebatten says:

    "Jerry is doing an incredibly valuable job in documenting old farm buildings and in particular, grist mills. His outstanding collection grows every week and I watch in awe as he immortalizes the timeless beauty of these old ladies. His gift lies in capturing the atmosphere and takes us back to a time in which life seemed more in tune with nature, had a less frenetic rhythm and harnessed nature without exploiting her. I am a great admirer of Jerry’s work. Let me add that his kindness in encouraging other photographers teaches us all more generosity."

    November 4th, 2007

Jerry Jaynes
March 2007
Anderson, SC
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