A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 6 – #38. Powerful


Construction began in 1969 on the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, a nuclear power plant located 20 miles north of Chattanooga, abutting Chickamauga Lake, on the Tennessee River. The facility is owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). It is the most productive of TVA’s four nuclear plants and the second most powerful electric plant in the entire TVA system.

Sequoyah was Cherokee, reportedly born in Tuskegee, a town at the confluence of the Tellico River and Little Tennessee River, upriver of the nuclear power plant. He is known for creating the Cherokee syllabary circa 1820. Many Cherokee sites were flooded during the TVA’s construction of Tellico Dam (1967-1979). Naming the site after a local Native American Indian was considered a small political token to the Cherokee in compensation for the dam-flooding and destruction of their historic sites that TVA required to control flooding on the Tennessee River. REF: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoyah_Nuclear_Generating_Station



Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

21 thoughts on “Week 6 – #38. Powerful

  1. It is a powerful image in more ways than one. I like the sky. How did you edit it? Thank you for the background too. It was interesting reading.


  2. Good one and nice picture!


  3. Very interesting – great shot!


  4. And Inside that plant are overhead cranes and fuel rod transporters built by the company I ran – we still do service and refurbishments out of our Upper Michigan factories. Takes a lot of energy to recharge all our our camera batteries!


  5. Love the B&W and the history. Thank you.


  6. I agree that the mood of the image itself is powerful. I may have owned a municipal bond for TVA at one time. It sounds very familiar. It’s interesting how Tim may have a connection too.


  7. Great sky in your shot. I love the steamboat in your header.


    • Thanks, Chris. The Delta Queen was at one time a hotel moored along the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. She was the last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the country. This grand lady had logged over two million miles, carried over half a million passengers and is the only boat to be inducted into the National Marine Hall of Fame while still in service. She has entertained Presidents, foreign dignitaries and a multitude of celebrities. In 2014, she was sold and floated to Mississippi where she will be repaired and once again float passengers up and down the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers. We were sad to see her leave Chattanooga but happy that she will be beautifully restored and placed back into service.


  8. Great shot and interesting material. Really nice in B&W


  9. What a sky! This photo has such a strong impact. Great shot & processing.


  10. photo certainly suits being in Black and White … interesting background too.


  11. An emotive subject and lends itself to black and white with the clouds in the sky and empty expanse of water and empty pier.


  12. That sky is a beauty! The B&W really brings out all the detail, great shot!


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