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 16 – #31. Shot With Flash/Speedlight

I have always been intrigued with the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN. Built in 1890, it was apparently the first non-military highway bridge across the Tennessee River. On a daily and nightly basis, it is now enjoyed as a walking bridge by thousands of Chattanooga natives and visitors. This photo was “shot with flash/speedlight” off camera with a red gel which turned the white railings red. My camera was set for a slow shutter speed; I placed a red gel on the flash and as the shutter remained open, I pressed the flash “test” button firing the flash multiple times as I walked along the rail. Although I also shot the scene with both a purple and blue gel, I liked the way it looked with the red gel best.

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Week 15 – #35. Rocky Waterscapes

I had a tough time deciding whether this photo fit the theme “Rocky Waterscapes,” but after several reviews of the photo, I decided it did for four reasons. (1) There is water; (2) there are definitely rocks/riprap along the Tennessee River shoreline; (3) the piers which support the Walnut Street Bridge are stones from the old Stone Fort Land Company; and (4) heck, I was on vacation but got up before sunrise this particular morning so I could take this photo of the heavy fog!


Week 14 – #6. Bridge

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to call two beautiful cities “home.” Last week, I posted a long exposure of my Sarasota home city framed with the beautiful Ringling Bridge. This week, I want to introduce you to a long exposure of my Chattanooga home city framed with not one bridge but three, the Walnut Street Bridge, the Market Street Bridge and, in the far distance, the Olgiati Bridge. Chattanooga has a fourth bridge downtown, the Veteran’s Bridge, but it is just to the left and out of the frame of this photo. The red streak is a result of the long exposure as a riverboat made its way slowly up the river.


Week 49 – #A4. My Hometown

Chattanooga, TN, my hometown, is the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River. Surrounded by Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Elder Mountain and Missionary Ridge, the city sits in a “teacup” and is quite picturesque. As a little girl, the main industry was manufacturing but now is tourism. There is always something to do whether it be the many festivals downtown on the weekends, boating on the Tennessee River, hiking the various mountains, hang gliding, and much more. This photo will give you just a small sample of its beauty.


Week 38 – #10 Framed

The Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga was erected in 1890 and served as a passageway from the City across the Tennessee River to the North Shore until 1978, when it was put out of service due to disrepair. It remained dormant for nearly ten years until it was repaired and put back into service as one of the World’s longest pedestrian walking bridges at 2,376′ long. The bridge is enjoyed by locals and visitors on a daily basis as an avenue for exercise, an opportunity to enjoy beautiful views and as a means to walk to and from work. It is now a happy place but back in 1906 that was not the case. For you see, it was in that year a place of sadness; a place where a Mother and Father lost a son; and a place which for years would bring a lot of controversy and shame to a young man who in his last breath declared his innocence as he was hanged from the second span. Ninety-four years later, a Chattanooga criminal judge reviewed the case and declared the young man innocent of the crime to which he was charged. After you read his story here, you can decide for yourself whether or not you think he was guilty, innocent or perhaps framed by a group of men who took the law into their own hands.
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