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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Looking for a Golden Rock

Oh, to have the imagination of a child!

Photo taken with my iPhone.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Photographer's Assistant

This is my husband at our son's flag football practice in August 2005. Our daughter was a very able and helpful photographer's assistant at age 21 months!

Our kids have been exposed to cameras from their very first moments after birth until now and are very willing to pose for us!

One day this may change. I hope not.

The day they roll their eyes at me and say, "Oh, Mom, do you have to take a picture?" ....that day will break my heart.

Hopefully, I'll have no worries as far as that's concerned! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Yee Haw

Yee Haw in downtown Knoxville!

More information about this Knoxville business (which specializes in original art-like products) can be found here. Very interesting!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hope Brothers

I found this gem in downtown Knoxville! I got all excited when I saw my name! LOL!

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Posing Tree

Every time we visit the Oconaluftee visitor center ....we pose here for a photo! This tree is really quite amazing! And my children look so very small standing next to it!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


This fella ruled the roost at the visitor's center on the Oconaluftee (North Carolina) side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He loyally and bravely guarded his hens and chicks from families with curious children (such as mine) and from 'tourists' who obviously were fascinated by his beauty (that was me, wink, lol).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mingus Mill

Last summer we visited the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The kids loved exploring Mingus Mill which is still in operation!

To me this photo almost looks like it could have been taken 100+ years ago. I can almost imagine 2 pioneer children playing at the mill just as my own kids did on this visit. Cornmeal was available for can see bags of meal in the background of this photo.

The following quoted from the website....

Mingus Mill

A half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is Mingus Mill. Built in 1886, this historic grist mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all of the machinery in the building. Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time. Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily mid-March through mid-November. Also, open Thanksgiving weekend.


* Water flows down a millrace to the mill.
* A working cast iron turbine.
* A miller demonstrates the process of grinding corn into cornmeal.
* Cornmeal and other mill-related items are available for purchase at the mill.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tennessee Aquarium ~ Chattanooga, TN

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN is a wonderful place to's impressive inside and out! Lots of educational fun, too!

That's my son (he was 5 then) with a Clifford the Big Red Dog stuffed toy on his head.

Monday, March 9, 2009

What's for Supper?

How about Spaghetti? Always a good choice at our house!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Found This Building on a Walk Around Town

The plaque on the building reads...The Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Balconies Waiting

Soon it will be Spring, and it will be warm enough to sit outside on our balconies, patios, lanais, verandas and decks. I can't wait!

This photo was taken in downtown Knoxville.

Friday, March 6, 2009

She's Got Hope

Daughter wearing my sparkly Hope hat.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Bounce Break

This photo was taken on the 4th of July, 2005. It was HOT! In the upper 90's! Our community which is north of Knoxville had a parade and free food & dogs, chips, watermelon, snow cones, colas, and bottled water.

There were several inflatables for the kids (and adults) to play, jump, slide and bounce on. My son was 5 then and was in sheer heaven on this day. In this photo, he was inside one of the bounce houses and was taking a break from all the bouncing. His face was so flushed from the heat and exertion.

I can't wait for these days of Summer fun!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

G is for Gus's Restaurant

G is for Gus's Restaurant and Good eats! Gus's Restaurant is located on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

I just discovered Mrs. Nesbitt's website and her ABC Wednesday Blog a few moments ago by stumbling upon it through another City Daily Photo blog. When I realized that today's letter is G and that I had already posted on Gus's Restaurant only just 30 minutes ago....well, I thought that's just a little too coincidental for me. So I decided to join in on the fun.

I'm not sure I've set up everything in the right manner. I'm kinda new to these things only having participated in SkyWatch Friday a few times. It's always fun to learn something new and participate in new projects!

For others' contributions to ABC Wednesday visit here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Snow and Ice

This photo was taken along SR441 which crosses the Great Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC. We had taken the kids up to Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see some snow, and along the way, we found these icicles. It was worth a stop and a photo.

P.S. Please pay no attention to the fact that my son isn't wearing a coat. Even though he had a very warm coat in the car, he insisted on not putting it on. Sometimes kids have to learn for themselves. He soon realized that mama & daddy were right about it being cold outside.

Photo taken Winter 2006.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Let's Go for a Ride!

I took this photo through the windshield of our car on a family vacation to Amish Country in Pennsylvania (June 2007). I'm glad I was able to capture the contrast in the different modes of transportation . . . the Amish buggy vs. the little sports car. Amish Country was breathtaking in its beauty, and I'm so thankful that our family was able to visit this most wonderful and unique place.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Theme Day: Glass

My son and daughter were fascinated with the stained-glass windows inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. After eating breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table, we went on an exploration and found this beautiful window along one of the curving staircases.

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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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