Knoxville Daily Photo will post one photo per day taken from the Knoxville/Knox County, Tennessee area. Knoxville is the city of my birth, the place where I work, and the largest city near our hometown. It's a wonderful community in which to raise our family. It's really a beautiful place . . . . at least I think so.

I am not a professional photographer; I call myself a point & shoot photographer. I have had a genuine love for and interest in photography since childhood. My camera is a Nikon Coolpix S600 ~ which I love for many reasons that I won't list here. Sometimes I use my old camera which is a Nikon Coolpix 5900.

Photography is something that I enjoy immensely. My photographs & albums are treasured above all other material things I own. The memories that are captured and preserved through my camera are so precious.

I am glad that I have discovered City Daily Photo and started a photo blog. It's an honor to share my little corner of the world with those who find themselves here. Enjoy looking around my blog, and welcome to all who visit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Long's Drug Store

Our family loves to visit Long's Drug Store in Knoxville. This drugstore seems to be pulled right out of an episode of the Andy Griffith Show. It opened in 1956 and has been a favorite in Knoxville ever since. You can order all sorts of homemade foods from the grill or even enjoy a milkshake, malt, or coke float. It's nice to have a reminder of how things were in simpler times. Here is a photo of my husband, daughter, and son on a recent visit to Long's. Of course, I'm behind the camera!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm With the Band

Another photo from GreekFest . . . I liked this guy's humor and his music!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

GreekFest ~ St. George Greek Orthodox Church

The St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville celebrated their 29th Annual GreekFest this weekend, and we were there amongst all the fun just taking in all the sights, scents, and joyfulness. We ate lots of Greek foods . . . mostly pastries and breads. We bought our daughter a scarf/wrap covered in coins, watched lots of Greek dancing, listened to music that would make anyone want to dance, had our son's face painted, and went on a church tour. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening! We are already planning a return visit next year. As our son asked earlier this evening, "Are we coming back next year?" Our answer . . .Yes!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Playground at Brickey-McCloud Elementary

The monkey-bars at this playground are especially challenging! But my son conquered them in record time!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Morning Mist

I was met with this serene and peaceful scene on a recent morning after dropping my daughter off at preschool. This field sits across from the preschool. The beauty of the sky and misty fog made me pause as I was getting into my car to rush off to work. I stopped for a moment, reached for my ever-present camera that I carry with me, and took this snapshot. I'm glad I captured this moment. And I wasn't late for work after all.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pathway ~ University of TN Gardens

Daughter was off on a journey of discovery not even aware that we were watching.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Goodbye Summer

We said goodbye to Summer yesterday by visiting Bruster's Ice Cream shop.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Knoxville Waterfront Park

Splish ~ Splash on the Knoxville Waterfront.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Tennessee River and Henley Street Bridge

This is the second photo taken from Club LeConte ~ as promised in yesterday's post. In this photo you can see the Tennessee River, the Henley Street Bridge, the City-County Building, the old Knox County Courthouse, and in the upper right, Neyland Stadium, home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Friday, September 19, 2008

View of Knoxville from Club LeConte

I attended a small luncheon with friends and co-workers yesterday at Club LeConte, a private dining establishment, which is located on the 27th floor of the First Tennessee Bank Plaza Tower. The view from the picture windows of Club LeConte is breathtaking. I was able to take 2 snapshots before we began the luncheon. In this photo you can see the Sunsphere which was the icon of the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville. Tomorrow I will post the other photo which will show a view of the Tennessee River.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fort Kid ~ Swings

"I want to touch the clouds, Mama." said Daughter.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Just imagine all the happy memories that this park has been a part of . . . .

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Swings at Fountain City Park

Daughter has no fear when playing on the swings!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Stowaway to the International House of Pancakes

This little grasshopper rode with us one evening on a trip from home to the International House of Pancakes. We were amazed at this little bug's ability to hold on even though we were traveling at least 50 mph.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fountain City Park

I played at this park as a child and have lots of wonderful memories from those years. I'm happy to bring my own children here to play and hope that they too are forming lots of fond memories.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bloomin' Butterfly Gardens ~ Knoxville Zoo

The butterfly exhibit at the Knoxville Zoo is quite the experience. It's a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by so many beautiful creatures and perhaps have one of these butterflies choose you to land upon.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Disney Store ~ West Town Mall

One of my favorite places to shop! I absolutely love all things Disney, and have planned and taken family vacations to Walt Disney World every year since 2005.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Weigel's Dairy

This dairy farm is still in operation. It almost looks to be pulled from the pages of a storybook illustration. Every spring the yellow flowers bloom, and the beauty of it always takes my breath away.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Knoxville Center Mall ~ Indoor Play Area

The kids love this play area located at the Knoxville Center Mall. It's a great place to take a rest and let the kids run off some energy. I like it because it's located near Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Bath & Body Works!

Monday, September 8, 2008

University of TN ~ Gardens

The UT Gardens holds a special place in my heart. In the early days of our marriage my husband and I used to meet on our lunch hour here to eat and talk. We decided on our daughter's name here. The UT Gardens are constantly changing, so it's always an adventure to explore all the beautiful pathways and trails.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Powell Station Park

This splash park is lots of fun . . . a great place for the kids to cool off on hot summer days.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Knoxville Zoo ~ Danger: Live Animals

This huge crate is on display near the Elephant Exhibit at the Knoxville Zoo for the kids to play in. I wonder if it really was used to transport an animal to the zoo?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Big Orange Army Tank

The kids were fascinated with this Big Orange Tank. We are always ready to show our support for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Go Big Orange!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fort Kid

Daughter was deep in thought about something. I'm so glad I caught this moment in between all the laughter from the swings. This is one of my favorite snapshots.

10/21/08 ~ Thank you to Leedra from Photography by Leedra

10/23/08 ~ Thanks so much to Tanya from Around Roanoke Daily Photo Blog

10/23/08 ~ Thanks also to Laurie from Glimpses of South Pasadena and your very kind words (to follow) . . .

"With gratitude and great pleasure I would like to pass the award to these photography bloggers:

Hope of Knoxville Daily Photo. Hope can squeeze images out of her Nikon Coolpix that will astonish you. The photographs of her kids capture the essence of childhood and a mother's love with the same poignancy and joy of the paintings of Mary Cassatt..."

Tanya and Laurie . . . . I am truly honored and flattered that you have chosen me to receive this award. Sincere thanks to both of you for this award and your nice comments!

10/28/08 ~ Sincere thanks to JM of Oeiras and Environs Daily Photo who has given this award to me. I am truly honored and will enjoy passing this award on to others.

11/4/08 ~ Thanks so much to Sean Claes of Kyle, Texas Daily Photo for giving this award to me, also. It's a great honor and I appreciate it so much!

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