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.
Friday, October 31, 2008
These are my son's hands interacting with an exhibit at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN. Not a photo from Knoxville...but close enough.
How many times have I uttered the words...I Wish I Had Half Their Energy...when referring to my kids' endless supply of zest for life! I thought these words made a nice caption!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I may not be sure about the antique seating, but I am sure about the kids' happiness when they were given these balloons as we left the restaurant! Such a simple gesture gave them such genuine happiness.
I have been given the Kreativ Blogger Award by JM of Oeiras and Environs Daily Photo.
Sincere thanks to JM for passing this award on to me....I am truly honored.
In receiving this award I must now list 6 things that make me happy. So many things bring happiness to my life . . . but I will list 6 things here that make me especially happy.
1) My son, daughter, and husband.
2) A good peaceful night's sleep with lots of warm blankets.
3) Chocolate of any kind or form.
4) Exploring and hiking within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
5) Looking through old family albums and recalling precious memories of years past.
6) A family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
It's also my turn to pass this Kreativ Blogger Award on to 6 other bloggers . . . I have chosen 6 blogs that I enjoy visiting on a daily basis. Enjoy this award and have fun passing it on to others!
1) Denise at An English Girl Rambles
2) Gerald at Hyde Daily Photo
3) Felicia & Alexandra at San Diego Daily Photo
4) JT at Daily Photo L.A.
5) Julia at Kitakami Photoblog
6) Abraham Lincoln at Brookville ~ Ohio Daily Photo
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Quoted from Wikipedia . . .
Oak Ridge was established in the early 1940s as a base for the Manhattan Project— the massive U.S. government operation that developed the atomic bomb. As such, scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city's economy and culture in general.
In 1942, the United States Federal Government chose the area as a site for developing materials for the Manhattan Project. Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves, military head of the Manhattan Project, liked the area for several reasons. Its relatively low population made acquisition affordable, yet the area was accessible by both highway and rail, and utilities such as water and electricity were readily available due to the recent completion of Norris Dam. With Tennessee's history as a right-to-work state, Union rules or civilian wage issues were virtually non-existent. Finally, the project location was established within a 17-mile (27-km) long valley, and the valley itself was linear and partitioned by several ridges, providing natural protection against disasters between the four major industrial plants -- so they wouldn't blow up "like firecrackers on a string".The location and low population also helped keep the town a secret. Although the population of the settlement grew from about 3,000 in 1942 to about 75,000 in 1945, and despite the fact that the K-25 uranium-separating facility by itself covered 44 acres (178,000 m²) and was the largest building in the world at that time, Oak Ridge was kept an official government secret. It did not appear on maps, and wasn't formally named until 1949, only being referred to as the Clinton Engineering Works (CEW). All workers wore badges, and the town was surrounded by guard towers and a fence with seven gates.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
This is a first for me . . . I'm officially participating in SkyWatch Friday! I've posted sky photos previously and not always on a Friday. Some comments mentioned SkyWatch Friday, and to be honest, I didn't know anything about it. So, of course, I was curious and decided to investigate. I found the Skyley website and thought it looked like lots of fun. Another great community of bloggers! Well, anyway, here goes my first SkyWatch post! To see more SkyWatch photos from all around the world visit Skyley at www.skyley.blogspot.com.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I have received a BFF blog award from Tanya at Around Roanoke Daily Photo Blog.
Thanks so very much, Tanya! It was such a nice surprise!
Later in the day, I realized that Laurie at Glimpses of South Pasadena had also given me this award. Thanks so much, Laurie, for this award and your very kind words mentioned in your post. Your words mean so very much to me.
I have noticed that this award has been passed among many blogs in the CDP family. I think this shows that we are all friends here no matter how new or established we may be with the CDP group. We are all here to share our part of the world with others...through our words and photos. What a wonderful community of blog friends!
Now it is my turn to pass the award on to some very deserving blogs following these rules:
1. Only five people are allowed.
2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog.
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
I have decided to pass this award on to the following . . .
1. Knoxville Girl at Knoxville Daily Photo
2. JM at Oeiras and Environs Daily Photo
3. Jim at Terrell Daily Photo
4. Rambling Round at Selma, Alabama Daily Photo
5. Z at Based in Villigen, Switzerland
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My son was only 5 years old in this photo and my daughter was 22 months old. But even at this young age, our son still looked out for the safety of his little sister. What I love about this photo is my son's hand resting protectively on his little sister. I can imagine a similar scene when my children are in their teen years and my son will still be looking out for his little sister's best interests.
I received a blog award from Leedra at Photography by Leedra.
Thanks so much Leedra! Now, I have decided to pass this blog award on to some wonderful CDP blogs which have posted some beautiful Autumn photos. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Photo taken May 2008 in our home's driveway. . . . daughter's hair has since grown much longer!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I'm not quite sure why I felt like posting this photo. I guess because it was a fun moment my daughter and I were having...goofing around with the camera...trying to take self-portraits. My kids, having been around cameras since birth, are always game to let me point the camera in their direction.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We recently had a professional landscaper re-do our lawn . . . the dandelions will be gone next year. I think I'll miss them.
I've posted this photo for another reason. In recent months Knoxville has experienced 3 tragic events gaining national attention in the media. A church shooting. A school shooting. And yesterday, a mall shooting. 3 very violent acts. All resulting in deaths of innocents. Fine folks who didn't deserve to die in such a terrible way.
Life can change in an instant . . . like the dandelion plant which loses seeds with a poof of air. I send out prayers of healing and comfort for my city. . . for Knoxville.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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!