A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 22 – #37. Senior Hands

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to two beautiful ladies, Bette and Eleanor, who I feel privileged to know.  At ages 96 and 86, respectively, life has given and taken from them.  When I look at their “senior hands,” I envision the love and care given to their children; all the story time books they have held; all the birthday presents they have wrapped; all the cookie dough they have stirred ; all the knees they have bandaged; and all the tears they have blotted._MNM4987





Week 21 – 11. Diptych/Triptych

As the Christmas season approaches I find myself thinking about a wonderful trip I made recently to the Biltmore House in Ashville, NC with four friends. It is a special place to visit any time of the year but I find it especially beautiful when it has been decorated with poinsettias, red bows, wreaths, sprigs of greenery and Christmas trees in every room. One photo will not give you enough of an idea as to how beautiful its rooms are so I elected to provide you with a “diptych/triptych.” I am wishing all my friends and family a Merry Christmas surrounded by those you love.11. Diptych.Triprtch_MNM3974



Week 20 – #25. Intentional Camera Movement

As I stood on a mountain trail looking at a magnificent waterfall surrounded by fall foliage in North Carolina recently, the thought occurred to me to try “intentional camera movement.”  The instant result through my camera’s monitor was very pleasing; however, I decided to add a texture just for a different look.  I liked it.

Intentional Camera Movement_MNM3810



Week 19 – #48. Urban Exploration

Each visit to Chattanooga my husband and I engage in its “urban exploration.” Looking back over the years, we continue to be amazed that Chattanooga, once called “the dirtiest city in America,” is today the fourth largest tourism market in Tennessee and has welcomed big companies like Amazon and Volkswagen to locate their facilities there. Not too many years ago, living downtown was unheard of but today it is a most desirable place to live. This photo was taken during a girls’ trip last October and as I walked across the glass bridge I could not help but notice the new condominiums and apartments which were not there a few years ago._MNM4620



Week 18 – #4. Aged/Aging

A trip to North Carolina would not be complete without going to Asheville and touring the “aged/aging” Biltmore Mansion.  George Washington Vanderbilt II loved the area, purchased 10.86 square miles of surrounding property on which to build his home. Construction began in 1889 and continued into 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2) of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m2) of living area. Still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.  Read more here.








Week 17 – #38. Serenity In Nature

Some fellow photographers and I recently found ourselves in a quiet little country community in Tennessee by the name of Sequatchie Valley, a place where neighbors take care of neighbors and barns and hay fields are plentiful.  This particular scene made me think of the many days I spent on my Grandpa Sparks’ little farm and playing in his barn. This one is very similar to his except for the fact that his had a hay loft. Can anyone remember playing in your Grandpa’s barn and jumping from the loft onto heaps of hay below?  If you didn’t grow up in the country like I did, you cannot truly appreciate the simple life and “serenity in nature” as shown in this photo._MNM4733-Recovered