Monday, December 31, 2007
This barn sits at the intersection of a country road and a highway. There are a few small houses down the road and not much of anything on the highway. I'm afraid one strong wind may one day take this poor barn.
Starting Wednesday, we'll drive down to Leiper's Fork, a small town just south of Nashville.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
This barn is located in Cheatham County, just north of Nashville. It's not too far from the barn I posted yesterday. What I found interesting about this barn is that, while most of the abandoned barns sit isolated on overgrown property, this one is very close to a house, and most of the land around it is grass. I moved a little to my left to take the photo shown at right so that you can see the house in the background.
Another thing that I found odd was that I don't remember seeing a fence on the property. Usually the barns that are falling down are fenced to keep people out.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
For some reason, I love barns. I like the way they sit majestically amid trees and rolling hills, adding color to the landscape.
Over the next few days, I'll show you to a few of the barns. . .old, new and decrepit. . . I've found in the Nashville area. The red barn shown above, is in Williamson County, just south of the Davidson County (Nashville) line. It is still in use on what I believe is a horse farm.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
It is tenderness for the past,
courage for the present,
hope for the future.
It is a fervent wish that every cup
may overflow with blessings
rich and eternal and that
every path may lead to peace.
- Agnes M. Pharo
joy and peace in all things.
Monday, December 24, 2007
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Nashville International Airport, travelers were waiting for their flights, their luggage (above) or their loved ones. While weather played havoc with on-time departures and arrivals, at least most of us made it home in time for Christmas Eve celebrations.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
During the holiday season, decorations adorn the yards and homes of our neighborhood. Many people put the nets of lights on bushes and strands of lights on the trees. Others have the lighted deer (which we have) or Santas or other characters, while some have a Nativity or blow-up characters. The icicle lights, which were very popular a few years ago, are no longer "in." That's too bad because I really liked those.
We noticed while driving around this year that there aren't as many decorated houses. Businesses have cut back on decorations, too. The power company, which usually has a huge tree made of electric lights on top of its downtown headquarters, doesn't have it this year.
Are there as many decorations where you live?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
At Opryland, they have a place where kids can go and email Santa (above). Hmmmmm.
For some reason, I am not too wild about the fact that kids can now email Santa. I know that time marches on, and technology marches with it. BUT!! Is nothing sacred?
What do you think?
One of the many huge decorations floating about the indoor gardens at the Opryland Hotel is this hot air balloon. The balloons are suspended from the ceiling and don't move except when the slight breezes blow through the huge, open area.
I keep thinking about Christmas trees and how they have changed over the years.
When I was little, the lightbulbs were huge and always multi-colored. Ornaments were made of glass, and they were usually multi-colored. Tinsel adorned most trees, and if you had garland, it was shiny and thick, almost like little boas of tinsel. The tree toppers were usually stars or angels, and they always had a white bulb in them. And, of course, we all had mangers.
The metallic silver trees became popular, and people put silver bulbs on them. On the floor sat a light with a rotating "color wheel" on it. When turned on, the wheel would rotate, and the color of the tree would change.
At some point, the mini lights became popular, and people started using white lights instead of the multi-color lights. The ornaments went from being glass balls to being shapes and vignettes and snowflakes and more. Ribbons replaced tinsel and garland. Tree toppers were everything from stars to Santas to bows to bouquets.
Monochromatic trees became popular. You can find trees with all red or green (even lime green!) or blue or or silver or gold or purple or even BROWN bulbs, embellishments and lights (or white lights, of course!).
What kind of tree do you like?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The windows of the State Office Tower in downtown Nashville glow with a message of "Peace" during the holiday season. Note the the lights are on in all of the offices, but that the workers draw shades in certain offices to darken the windows that are part of the message.
I cropped this photo closely because there were light poles between the building and where I was standing, and they're pretty distracting. The "P" actually extends down a few more floors, as you can see in the photo to the right. I didn't use a tripod.
When we first moved to Nashville in 1995, the tower "broadcast" a daily message or design via the windows. In 1996 or so, they stopped doing it to save energy, but during the holidays, the messages return.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
A couple of side notes: A local resident also donated this tree to the city for use.
Unlike the state tree, which is behind ropes, the city tree is quite accessible.
Just after I finished shooting this photo, three college-age guys came by and sang, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to my husband and me. Had it not started raining hard, I would have taken their photo.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Gov. Phil Bredesen and his wife, Andrea Conte, lit the the thousands of lights on November 29.
Workers had to use a crane to lift the more than 40-ft. tree to its perch in front of the capitol. If you'd like to see more photos of how they did it, click here.
Tomorrow, we'll take a walk down the street to see the city tree.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The trees and shrubs outside the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center are not the only things decorated for the holiday season. Strings of lights, huge lighted ornaments and snowflakes (right) hang from the ceiling in the atriums, too.
And, yes, there are a number of atriums in the hotel. In addition to more than 2,880 guest rooms, there are nine acres of indoor gardens, a 44-ft. waterfall, a delta, complete with flatboats from which one can take "tour" the hotel, and the requisite shops and restaurants . If you listen to WSM radio (Home of the Grand Ol' Opry), you might remember that it broadcasts from the hotel.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
During the holiday season, more than two-million lights adorn over 1,000 trees and bushes on the Opryland Hotel property in Nashville. The front entrance and lobby of the hotel are behind the pond and waterfall shown above. If you look closely at the hotel's dormers, you'll note lighted wreaths in those windows, too. Believe it or not, over 1,000,000 people travel to see the lights annually.
Tomorrow, we'll go inside for a peek.
PS. Happy Birthday, Jason!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Oh the first day of Christmas, my true love took me to see
A huge, lighted Opryland tree.
Every year, the Opryland Hotel festoons the trees, shrubs - and poles - around the main entrance to the property with a light display like no other. In July, the horticulturists start hanging the more-than-two-million lights in preparation for Country Christmas. The lights above turn an ordinary flag pole into a twinkling holiday tree.
Tomorrow I'll show you another view and tell you a little more of what goes on at Opryland.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
While this is not the best shot in the world, it does give you an idea of the sea of humanity looking for bargains at Opry Mills Mall during the holiday shopping season. Before I opened my store in 1998, I used to have my holiday shopping done by early November to avoid the crowds. I have a lot of friends, though, who love it.
Opry Mills Mall, by the way, is the largest outlet mall in the area. Ten years ago, Opryland Amusement Park closed, and Opry Mills Mall sprouted up on the property. There was a lot of debate over that decision, but developers said the mall would bring more tourists to Nashville than Opryland did. Since the mall opened, a lot of businesses (restaurants and gift shops) in downtown Nashville have suffered and closed due to a decrease in tourist trade.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Well, maybe about five creatures were stirring!
I had to fly out of town last week, and at 5 AM, Nashville International Airport is not particularly busy! I counted about 10 passengers between the security screening area and my gate. Of course, as my flight time approached an hour later, the halls were busy. However, not as busy as. . . . .But, that's for tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
A few of the merchants get into the spirit of the holidays during Franklin's Dickens Christmas by displaying vignettes in their front windows. The Mercantile added live women to their vignettes. Dressed in period costume, the two ladies were busy crafting. One did charcoal portraits while the other, shown above, knitted beaded purses. One of her creations is on the table behind her. The Patchwork Pantry had a harpist (left) entertain the crowds from the sidewalk in front of their store.
PS. Dog lovers, click here.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Some of you may not be aware of how he's creating music. He has crystal wine goblets of different sizes and shapes, and he's filled them with different amounts of water. He wets the tips of his fingers and then rubs them over the rims which creates a beautiful, musical sound.
It was beginning to sound a lot like Christmas yesterday!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
This weekend, Franklin, which I featured a few weeks ago, held its annual Dickens Christmas on Main Street through downtown. Some vendors dress in period costumes, and one can take an
In addition to the carriage ride, the festival features artisan booths as well as a variety of foods, and there are a number of street performers. The shop owners on Main Street also decorate and participate in the festivities. While it was rainy and quite warm (70 degrees today!), the crowd did seem to be in the holiday spirit.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This white, picket bridge goes over a small creek and leads one into the "Fish Camp." Middle Tennessee is ripe with rivers, lakes and streams, and fishing is very popular. I grew up in NE Ohio, and my late father used to fish as often as he could, sometimes two-three times per week. While I did go with him occasionally, I was never too wild about it.
Do you fish?
Friday, December 7, 2007
LBL has over 170,000 acres of land, over 200,000 surface acres (water), 200 miles of hiking/biking trails, 100 miles of horseback riding trails, over 950 campsites, 1300 plant species, over 240 bird and 50 mammal species, and three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, LBL has over 90 bridges, including the one shown above.
I took this photo from the Turkey Bay vehicle area. The water on the south side of the bridge (where I'm standing) is part of the Tennessee River. The water on the north side is part of Kentucky Lake. There are a number of campgrounds and fishing docks in the area. In addition, there's also the elk and bison prairie (created to restore their natural habitat) and Golden Pond Visitor Center.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
A few people asked me if one is able to walk across the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge which I featured the other day. Yes! The 150-ft. high bridge doesn't have a sidewalk, but the shoulder is wide enough for one to walk safely along the bridge. While we were on the bridge, there were several families up there, also. (One was taking a family photo to use in the holiday card.) And, as one would imagine, wildlife abounds in the area.
The road running under the bridge is Hwy. 96. The bridge and most of the road visible in my photo are in Williamson County (Franklin). However, not too far from where you see the white barn roof on the left is the Davidson County line (Nashville).
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I apologize that it didn't get posted yesterday. I'm out of town until tomorrow and have had limited internet access.
Monday, December 3, 2007
In the early 1990s. construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge (above) began. Stretching over 1600 feet, the arched bridge spans Hwy 96 between Nashville and Franklin and is over 150 feet high. It's interesting to note that it was the first bridge in North America to be constructed of precast concrete segments.
Opened to traffic in 1994, the bridge has won over 15 design awards.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Shelby Street Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 because of the truss design, and officials saved it from demolition by deciding to make it a pedestrian bridge. The bridge, which is part of the Metro Nashville Greenway system, opened as a pedestrian bridge in 2003. The new additions include elevators, ramps, a bike lane down the center, and pedestrian overlooks. (I took yesterday's photo of the Korean War Memorial Bridge from one of them.) The eastern end of the bridge is close to LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans. The western end is close to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
If you are a fan of the country duo Big & Rich, you might recognize the bridge from their Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy music video which was shot on the bridge.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
In 2006, Metro-Davidson (Nashville) government passed an ordinance renaming the Gateway Bridge as The Korean War Memorial Bridge to honor the more than 130,000 Tennesseans who served during the Korean Conflict. The bridge, which spans the Cumberland River and connects east Nashville with downtown, opened in 2004, replacing the Shelby Street Bridge.
Tomorrow I'll show you the Shelby Street Bridge and tell you what happened to it.
To see my first entry about - and another view of - the Korean War Memorial Bridge, click here.
The following is a list of all the City Daily Photo blogs participating in today's theme day. Be sure to check out bridges all over the world by visiting their sites!