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.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sunsphere View VI

A close-up view of the bank buildings and the Andrew Johnson Building.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sunsphere View V

In this photo....the Knoxville Museum of Art (the building with the eyes)....and on the left....the building which houses the Chocolate Factory as well as some condos.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sunsphere View IV

A view to the north of Knoxville. In this photo you can see portions of our World's Fair park in the foreground and the old L & N train station to the right. The ridgeline in the distance is called Sharp's Ridge. The gap in the ridgeline is of course called Sharp's Gap. Interstate 275 runs north of Knoxville through Sharp's Gap and then becomes I-75 North. You can also see I-40 in this photo which runs east-west through Knoxville.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunsphere View III

From this view.....Baptist Hospital, the Henley Street Bridge which crosses the Tennessee River and leads to Chapman Hwy. in south Knoxville, and Church Street United Methodist Church. The Great Smoky Mountains can be seen in the distance.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunsphere View II

In this photo....the First Tennessee Bank Building, BB&T Bank Building, Andrew Johnson Building, the old Knox County Courthouse, City-County Building, the old Knoxville post office (now houses courts), and the Medical Arts Building. (three buildings in the foreground of the photo not identified)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunsphere View I

This view from the Sunsphere shows the Tennessee River, buildings from the University of Tennessee, and Neyland Stadium....home to the UT Vols. You can see the Great Smoky Mountains in the far distance.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Est. 1844

St. John's Cathedral has a long history in Knoxville.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Red Doors

The red doors welcome all to worship . . .

Friday, February 20, 2009

Relaxation and Solitude Guaranteed

Another view of the courtyard at St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Earth to Old City

Window shopping at the Earth to Old City shop on Market Square in Knoxville.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Hair-Raiser

Mama....Look what happens when I crawl through this tunnel! (giggle-giggle)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hot Doughnuts Now!

I am on a diet....this time using the Weight Watchers online program. So far, I have lost 9 lbs.! I am happy about this, but know that really the difficult part comes when you reach your goal and then have to maintain your weight. I know this because I lost 32 lbs. in 2007 with Weight Watchers (meetings) and then in 2008 gained it all back and then some.

It is such a struggle for me to cut out sweets . . . especially chocolate. But another of my favorites is Krispy Kreme doughnuts. They are just so sinfully good.

We came across this retro/vintage Krispy Kreme store on one of our family weekend getaways to Chattanooga, TN which is about 100 miles south of Knoxville. I had to have a photo, and of course we bought a dozen glazed doughnuts, too!

(Photo taken in 2006.)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ready, Set, Go Sledding!

Wait! I just want to take a photo first....then you can go. Ok, got it! Go! Wheeee! Wheeee!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love is . . . .

Happy Valentine's Day to all! Wishes for lots of love, kisses, and chocolate hearts for everyone!

I didn't receive this rose today but one day last August. I copied & pasted this little bit of my family life from my other blog. A story of a single rose . . . .

(Friday, August 8, 2008) I was so very tired this evening. Husband took the kids to McDonald's to eat and play on the indoor playground so I could have some quiet time alone at home. I was asleep when they arrived back home. I heard "Mama" very quietly in my ear . . . . and so, woke up. The kids presented me with a single red rose with baby's breath in a vase. Husband stood behind them all quiet and smiling. They said they wanted to get me a rose to help me feel better.

I was thrilled and gave them all kisses. Of course, I received kisses in return. Such a very nice way to wake up!

My Rose

Friday, February 13, 2009

X Marks the Spot

A photo taken with my cell phone ~ from my car window ~ while driving. I just had to have an image of this "X" formed by the contrails of jets ~ their paths crossing in their travels across the skies. X marks the spot of a hidden treasure. The treasure being the beauty of our skies. Apologies for the poor quality of the photo ... I was happy to obtain an image ... no matter what method I used!

Happy SkyWatch Friday! To see more SkyWatch photos from around the world visit Skyley at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sledding in the Backyard

We have a tiny hill in the corner of our backyard which husband always hates when it comes time for mowing. But last week when we received our snowfall....that hill redeemed itself by providing our family with the perfect place for sledding! We had laugh-out loud fun and even let out a few Wheee's along the way! We took turns sledding with eachother and then sometimes took a solo trip down the hill. Our kids really needed to experience what it feels like to go sledding, and so I'm thankful for that little hill in the corner of our backyard. I think husband looks at it a little differently now, too. At least maybe until spring & summer arrive and mowing season starts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snowman Building 101

Son was excited to finally be able to build a snowman with the snow we received last week. Husband and I had to give him the basic instructions, and then he pitched in and helped with enthusiasm. Snow is just so much fun!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snow at Last!

Even though the snowfall amount we received last week was small, the amount of fun our family had playing in the snow was enormous! Our area of East Tennessee rarely receives large amounts of snowfall we used to receive when I was a child. My children haven't truly been able to experience the joys of a snowfall of several inches....building snowforts, creating snowmen, and having snowball fights. But this snowfall was significant enough to allow us to play in the snow, go sledding, build snowmen and throw a few snowballs. Now, I'm going to wish for a huge snowfall! We now have snowboots to play in and we want to get our monies' worth!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

If you like down-home, family-style, country cookin' like your mama or grandma used to make back in the good ol' days.....then do I have a restaurant for you! The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is located at the Apple Barn in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge near the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Young Men's Christian Association

Young Men's Christian Association. I like the scroll-work on this sign.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Swimming Lessons at the YMCA

This is the downtown Knoxville branch of the Y.M.C.A. My brother and I took swimming lessons here in the late 1960's. I still remember the fear I had of the deep-end of the pool and how I flat-out refused to dive into the pool. I remember the parents weren't allowed into the pool area and had to release their little ones into the hands of the swimming instructors. I was thrilled at the end of the lessons to receive my swimming certificate which announced I had reached "pollywog" status.

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Little Man

Son strikes a little man pose at the Apple Barn's Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant! My camera called my name and I listened. I love this photo of him!

It also makes me realize, though, that my little boy is growing up before my eyes. I must treasure every moment I have left of his precious childhood!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy & Grumpy at the Gazebo

This photo was taken on a recent family trip to the Apple Barn near the Great Smoky Mountains. We were on a weekend getaway which involved indoor pools and hot tubs!

We ate at the Apple Barn's Farmhouse Restaurant and afterwards posed for photos at their gazebo. Son was all grins while daughter was Miss Grumpy. The lollipop didn't even make a dent in her mood....well, maybe for a few minutes....then back to grumpsville.

A nap did the trick. It always works for me, too!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Let's Go Biking in the Snow!

My son loves to ride his bike....even in the snow!

P.S. I think we need to buy him a larger bicycle. He's growing so fast that I guess I didn't notice the bike was shrinking!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Eyes on Knoxville

The Knoxville Museum of Art has it's eyes on Knoxville.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Eyes in the Back of the Building

Open Your Eyes. Open Your Mind. The Knoxville Museum of Art has some wonderfully thought-provoking words and visuals to inspire all of us.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Theme Day: Paths and Passages

St. John's Cathedral has Knoxville's only outdoor labyrinth. Look closely on the bricks of the courtyard. I have spent a few lunch hours here; it is such a serene place. I haven't walked the labyrinth while praying or meditating . . . but sometimes feel the urge to perhaps do that.

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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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