Nashville’s Snowmegeddon of 2016

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So, I might be exaggerating a little on the ‘snowmegeddon’, but we had a doozy in Nashville just a week ago- being one of the largest snowfalls in 28 years. My neighborhood received around 8 inches which is nothing to complain about when you are wanting a beautiful snowfall with huge gorgeous flakes that fall for several hours and make it perfect for building a snowman or for sledding. Of course for me, it was perfect picture taking weather, so I wanted to share some of mine with you.

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I have 4 categories in which I have divided my photos for you. Yes, I have several I must show you because here in Nashville we don’t have the opportunity to get this much snow so quickly so I was a busy bee for a few days.

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As you can see, the streets were parking lots and no one was going anywhere fast…or anywhere in many cases, so for the first couple of days we chose to hang out close to home which gave me the opportunity to venture out and capture some shots.

I have to share pictures of my dogs first because they had the best time running and chasing each other. It was hard to take pictures at times because I was laughing so much~

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Yes, they were running all over the yard as if their life depended on it.

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It is almost as if Brody was smiling in this picture because he was so excited and happy to be playing in the snow!

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Yep, this is my other furry child burying himself in the snow on the deck.

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I don’t know if it is every dog, or just dogs with long fur that attract snow- but I know mine did!

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This was Brody after running around in our yard. He quickly got rid of his snowballs by rolling around on our couch, our chairs, and our carpet! LOL

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This is a shot I got of him with a few snowflakes on his face. He is such a beautiful dog and such a sweetie!

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This is Baxter, my other baby who had a ball as well. I called them my snow dogs all weekend.

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They even got to go to the infamous Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown Nashville and play in the snow and have their picture taken. You have to admit they are the perfect snowdogs!

I love birds and feed them on a regular basis when they show up in our yard. But I have to say that when it snows, our yard is blessed with beautiful cardinals…not just 2 or 3, but sometimes 15-20!

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I was not able to capture all of them together, but I was able to get a few here and there landing in the trees. !

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There is nothing more beautiful than to see the cardinals in the snow!

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We had other visitors as well!

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I also was able to capture people out and about in our neighborhood.

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Snow tends to get neighbors out almost as much as a nice, sunny day.

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I love this picture because not only does it show his shadow in the snow, but it is my kid watching his every step as he makes his way . It brought back memories of when he wasn’t as big as his shadow is now- out playing in the snow. Seems like yesterday, but the last time he experienced this much snow was when he had just turned 2!

I could watch the birds all day. But, after a couple of days being stuck in our neighborhood and with the streets getting better, we decided to venture out downtown.

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It is so much fun to ‘people watch’ in the snow but it is more fun to take pictures of them! I thought this was so sweet. I have a feeling they were paying no attention to me taking their picture.

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The sun is setting in downtown Nashville as folks make their way up Broadway.

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I love this picture because it is a quiet side street at the moment with a man crossing the street with a briefcase in his hand…heading home perhaps? I love the sky, the shadows on the street and the reflection on the building!

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Another romantic picture of a couple caught up in their world…headed into their winter wonderland in downtown Nashville.

Now, I want to share snow scenes of those few glorious days we had in our hometown. It was a beautiful, scenic, interesting, and wonderful few days.

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The creek in our neighborhood…

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The perfect Christmas tree!

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Cannot get much prettier than the Pedestrian Street Bridge at sunset in downtown Nashville!

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Watching the sun set on the Pedestrian Bridge and looking at the tower of the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.

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I wanted to end this blog with a picture I took on the Downtown Pedestrian Bridge of a full moon rising over the city of Nashville. It was cold but absolutely breathtaking! I love my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee! It doesn’t matter  if it is winter, spring, summer or fall, I am blessed to call this beautiful place my home!

 

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

 

 

 

 

Food, Fun, Family and Friends …Finally! Hello Labor Day Weekend

“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”

Many of us are looking forward to Labor Day because it gives us 3 days to spend with family, friends and loved ones and do whatever we want to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of fall. Some of us head out of town, others head to the lake. Many of us will grill out or go out to eat, while others will stay home and catch up on Netflix, reading, facebook, or just sleep late and do absolutely nothing.

Personally all of the above sounds good to me. For those of you who live in the Middle Tennessee area and have not made plans, I would like to highlight some happenings on the Riverfront in Downtown Nashville. This gives me the opportunity to share some pictures I have taken recently of one of my favorite places in the world; my hometown.

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Downtown Nashville will be jumping this 3 day weekend. If you haven’t been to the Riverfront lately and would like to join in the festivities, I have listed some fun events below.

 

The Merritt Classic Weekend                                                                                  September 4-6 at Nissan Stadium

IMG_5940 **This is a picture I took of the Nissan Stadium at sunrise.**

This 3 day event offers a little bit of everything for everyone and sounds like a lot of fun. It winds down on Sunday with the TSU Tigers taking on the Alabama State University Hornets. I would like to go just to see the Halftime Performance by the one and only TSU Aristocrat of Bands!  Activities start today! (Friday)

For more information on this 3 day event, visit this link at http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/johnmerrittclassic

471A0624_1 **It is such a treat to watch the General Jackson come down the Cumberland River, stop in front of the Nissan Stadium and turn around to head the other way. It is especially beautiful at night.**

471A0475**In this picture I captured a barge slowly meandering past the Nissan stadium at sunset.**

Speaking of football, our own Tennessee Volunteers will open their season at the Nissan Stadium this Saturday, September 5, taking on the Bowling Green Falcons at 3:00. Some tickets are still available at this link-                                                                             http://www.nashvillesports.com/vols

IMG_7124**I love this picture because the Music City Star was pulling out of the Riverfront Train Depot and had slowed down enough for me to get a shot. I wasn’t expecting to see the train. One of these days I want to ride in it.**

Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl will be on September 5. “The first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals.”

IMG_7095**Speaking of art, this is our own ‘Ghost Ballet’ which sits on the riverbank across from Riverfront Park. “The trusses and crane base show the past industrial use of the area, while the circular and changing motion represents the transformation of the area.”**

For more information on this event, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/saturdayartcrawl

The band Widespread Panic will be at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 P.M. Nashville’s new amphitheater seats 6,800.

IMG_7129**I was on the Pedestrian Bridge when I took this picture one early evening while a concert was going on.**

For more information on this concert and many other upcoming concerts visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/ascendamphitheater

The General Jackson will be cruising the Cumberland this weekend and it is definitely a sight to see!

471A0565**This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken of the General Jackson because of the way the surrounding lights look like they are framing the showboat.**

I love seeing the people on the beautiful showboat as it comes into downtown. I am sure it is more fun being a passenger as you roll down the river.

471A0612**The General Jackson turns around right in front of the stadium, so it was fun watching this maneuver.**

For more information on the weekend cruises, and cruises in general, visit http://generaljackson.com/experience

I love to kayak, but did not know you could kayak the Cumberland River until I was downtown one day taking pictures and saw it. This would definitely be fun..

IMG_7763**I was able to get a shot of people kayaking down the Cumberland. They paddled up to the Riverfront and got out**

Check out Nashville’s first and only kayak rental and tour company, River Queen Voyages. If you want to experience the Cumberland River up close, visit their website at http://rqvoyages.com/

Okay, now for the fun activities that won’t cost you anything except maybe to park. Because of football games at Nissan Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, you might be out of luck finding a parking spot. I would wait until Monday to head downtown where it might be less crowded, more parking spaces and no stadium game. September 7 will be the better day.

If you have not been to Nashville’s Cumberland Park, you need to go.

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Not only is there an area for live music, but there are water features, a play space, areas to ride bikes and walk dogs and so much more! And it is free!

471A0245**The views are pretty no matter which way you look.**

IMG_7095**The Ghost Ballet has a whole different look during the day than at night.**

471A0251_1**This is the view across the river from the Cumberland Park.**

For more information on Nashville’s Cumberland Park, visit this link https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Cumberland-Park.aspx

One of my favorite free things to do in downtown Nashville is walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. The views of downtown are just gorgeous!

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Whether you visit during the day when the sun is bright and reflecting off the Batman Building and the Pinnacle Building, or at night when the lights come on and reflect off of the river, you will not be disappointed!

IMG_5596**I love watching for the barges and personal boats coming down the river.**

IMG_7442**You never know what you will see docking at the Riverfront.**

**It is also fun to people watch while on the bridge**

IMG_5651** This picture was taken at sunset.**

IMG_7424**This picture was taken at sunrise.**

To learn more about the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, visit http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/shelby-street-pedestrian-bridge

Once you cross the bridge, head to Riverfront Park and check out the train depot.

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“The site of the current station was originally home to a train depot built around 1902. The depot included a passenger station for the Tennessee Central Railway as well as several tracks used for freight service. Passenger service at the original station ended in 1955. Site excavation for the new station began in 2004, but was delayed for several months due to the discovery of historic artifacts at the site, including the remains of a foundry. Construction of the new station began in August 2005. The design of the new station, which features post and beam architecture, was intended to evoke the feel of an Old World train station. Service at the station began on September 18, 2006.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashville_Riverfront_(Music_City_Star_station)

And last but not least, you have to walk down to the Riverfront Park.

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On this particular day I saw Metro’s finest escorting a boat toward the dock.

Another morning I watched the sun rise and it was a beautiful sight!

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If you don’t want to get up that early, check out the glow of the river from the sun setting.

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The Downtown Nashville Riverfront is a must see- whether you are visiting the area, or even if you live here. Take an afternoon or an evening this weekend or any weekend and head to the Riverfront and see what everyone is talking about!

“It’s the warmest, loveliest community I’ve ever set foot in. For me, it’s the perfect place to live. It’s the best part of America.”
Nicole Kidman

For more information on what is going on in our fabulous city this Labor Day weekend, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/thingstodo/laborday#family

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Whatever you decide to do, I want you to know your hard work is what makes our nation the best, so you deserve to take this time to rest!

Until next time-

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri
  • Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!
  • **All photos in Focused On Nashville are taken by Terri Watson.

Nashville’s Riverfront After Dark…My View on The Cumberland River

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Nashville’s Riverfront has definitely changed since I was a kid growing up here. I don’t get a chance too often to head downtown but this summer our family thought we would check out the Riverfront since we haven’t been in awhile. Since I enjoy taking pictures I try to get around Nashville when I can to showcase our beautiful city and I have to tell you that if you haven’t been to Nashville’s Riverfront Park or walked across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, you need to go! If you are not able to make it downtown anytime soon, or you don’t live close to Nashville, I hope my point of view depicts how beautiful Nashville’s Riverfront is.

Formerly known as the Shelby Street Bridge, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world at 3,150 feet.

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The bridge is beautifully lit at night and is a sight to see- whether you are standing on it or gazing at it from the riverbank.

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I always feel like a kid as I am crossing this bridge because of how big it is and how small I feel as I reach the middle and look down at the river. The middle of the bridge has a walk out platform where you can hear and see so many activities below you. You can hear music playing from the honky-tonks on Broadway. You can watch the sunset. You can see tourists and locals alike taking pictures and selfies. You have a perfect view of the Tennessee Titans stadium that  looks massive with all the lights on!  And if you are lucky, you will catch the General Jackson Showboat as it makes its way into downtown on the Cumberland River!

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The General Jackson has a capacity of 1200 guests and 157 crew members and is 274 feet long. It was built and launched in 1985 and is named after Andrew Jackson. It was built to recreate the showboats of the 19th century. The showboat offers lunch and dinner shows. My husband and I took his Mom many years ago and we all really enjoyed seeing Nashville on the Cumberland River via the General Jackson as we dined.

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I snapped this picture of the Captain turning the General Jackson around before heading to the downtown riverfront and it was fun watching him maneuver it so carefully and professionally.

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The few times I have been on the Bridge it was also fun people watching on the bridge itself – some briskly walking as they headed downtown to the restaurants, others jogging across the bridge to get Cumberland Park, while others were slowly meandering across the bridge and at times pausing to watch the night lights come on in the city There were families on bikes peddling to the other side, or just those who are sitting and enjoying the view.

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At times I didn’t know which was more enjoyable- people watching, looking toward Riverfront Park as the sun was setting, or watching for boats to come down the river and head under the bridges so we could wave at them! (I told you I felt like a kid again!)

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Did you know 3 music videos were made on this bridge? Probably the most famous one is the Big and Rich video, “Save A Horse, Ride a Cowboy” with the Batman Building prominently showcased in the background.

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As you stand on this bridge, you also have a beautiful view of all the new high-rises , the historic buildings, the downtown office buildings and boutique hotels that are close to the riverfront.

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See the red triangle in the distance? That is the top of the Adventure Science Center. The dome changes colors at night.

I have to share pictures with you of the new Ascend Amphitheater that is almost completed.

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Did you know the squiggly sculpture on the right is called the Light Meander? It is 45 feet high, made of stainless steel, guitar picks and LED lights. The shape of the Light Meander is meant to emulate the shape of the Cumberland River as it flows through Davidson County. The lights will showcase the different colors you might see of the river during the day. I would love to see a concert at this venue! Do you have your tickets yet?

Another interesting site you can see is the the top of the Country Music Hall of Fame which is 10 blocks away.Did you know the diamond shaped radio tower is a miniature version of the WSM tower a few miles south of Nashville ?

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Finally, as pretty as the view of downtown Nashville is from the Bridge, the view is also spectacular from Cumberland Park. Cumberland Park is located between the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. It is a 6.5 acre park that offers a play area for children, an outdoor theater, trails and water features.

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There is a walkway that takes you out over the river. In the picture above I am shooting toward the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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It gives you a different perspective of the Riverfront.

If you cross under the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge you will see this enormous bright red sculpture. It is called Ghost Ballet.

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This 100 x 100 x 60 foot sculpture was installed on the riverfront in 2007. “The artwork references the site’s industrial past and visually echoes current surroundings, including nearby bridges and the NFL Titans stadium. Its dynamic form conveys a sense of the area’s evolution from an industrial working river to recreation and entertainment.”

It will definitely create a conversation!

I hope you have enjoyed my view on the Cumberland River. Perhaps you would like to check it out yourself. Day or night, it will be a beautiful sight.

Until next time-