A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 13 – #52. Zig Zag

The Tennessee River Park is the crown jewel of Hamilton County’s Park system. Beginning at TVA’s Chickamauga Dam and stretching thirteen miles along the Tennessee River through downtown Chattanooga to the Southside District, this linear park offers users opportunities to enjoy a variety of activities and learning experiences.

The River walk itself is an eight-to-ten foot wide, landscaped and lighted concrete trail leading to parks and breath-taking views along the river. It is designed for use by both walkers and bicycle riders. This is a unique “Zig Zag” section in the downtown section of Chattanooga between the Walnut Street Bridge and the Market Street Bridge.






Week 12 – #26. Isolated Object(s)

_MNM3565Fall is my favorite time of the year because of the crispness of the air and the brilliant colors of the leaves as they begin to change.  Today as I was walking and admiring the beauty of nature, I spotted an “isolated object” of red amongst a sea of green.



Week 11 – #33. Part Of A Face/Head

I have mostly been a landscape photographer and never been interested in portraiture photography until recently.  The theme this week made me step outside of my comfort zone and try my hand at a portrait, and I persuaded my husband to be my model.   My light and umbrella were set up at 90 degrees from Mike in order to properly expose for a “part of a face/head.”  I placed the photo in Photoshop where I turned it into a black and white image.


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Week 10 – #12. Documentary

It was 6:15 a.m., September 6, 2017, and Category 5 Hurricane Irma was pushing herself in a fierce manner as it approached Puerto Rico packing winds of 185 miles per hour.  All indications were that she had her eye aimed at Florida and warnings to Floridians were to be prepared.  It has been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew devastated parts of the state and tension was high. Preparation was evident as locals sat in their vehicles waiting until the local BJ’s gas pumps opened, already void of regular gas with only premium available.  As a “documentary,” I jumped out of my car and took this photo with my iPhone.

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Week 9 – #29. On The Edge

Nature was good to us on a recent visit to Chattanooga.  First, we saw two adorable fawn enjoying an afternoon snack of wildflowers in the back yard and another day we saw this large hawk sitting “on the edge” of the deck railing. Even though it was noon time (bad lighting), I jumped up, grabbed my camera and captured this photo through a closed sliding glass door. Unfortunately, to add another lighting issue, our sliding glass doors have protective film on them which interfered with a sharp photo but I could not let this opportunity pass me by. As I slowly approached the door, the hawk must have heard me approaching and turned his head towards the house. Isn’t nature wonderful?

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Week 8 – #46. The Color Purple

Crepe Myrtle trees adorn many southern landscapes because they are easy to grow as long as they are planted in well-draining soil and in plenty of light. There are a variety of colors: white and many different shades of red, pink and purple. They are all beautiful but if I had to select one color I like best, it would be “the color purple.”Week 8 #46 The Color Purple_MNM2268



Week 7 – #1. A Bench At _______

This 1894 Dentzel carousel is a central feature in Coolidge Park in Chattanooga. The antique carousel was restored by local master wood carver Bud Ellis and a devoted team of craftspeople and volunteers at his studio “Horsing Around” located near Chattanooga.
The carousel provides a delightful old-fashioned experience with 52 whimsical hand carved animals, a calliope band organ, and ornate gold leaf benches. The next time you’re in Chattanooga and would like an enjoyable carousel ride, be a kid again and jump on one of the carousel’s hand carved animals or just sit on “a bench at” Coolidge Park’s 1894 antique carousel.

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