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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Brent's 2018 Self-Aggrandizement Photography Post

Back with probably no demand whatsoever, it has become my yearly tradition early in the year to look back at all of my photos and crunch the numbers to see how everything did. In years past, I've written all the boring stat stuff first. This year, I'll show the year's top photos first and then you can skip over the boring numbers at the end.

Brent's top 10 favorite photos of 2018:

There are several reasons why I might include a photo here. Some of the photos may look they don't belong in a "best of the year" post, but they may be important to me for other reasons. Some of these are my favorite composed shots of my favorite subjects. Some of these are interesting effects while overcoming challenges to get a usable photo. Here we go in no particular order:

Bartholomew County Courthouse (North Side) - Columbus, IN
1) Bartholomew County Courthouse (North Side) - Columbus, IN

In 2018, I had noticeably fewer opportunities to go on photo taking day trips. Many of these photos are taken on a couple of the business trips I went on during the year.

The bigger business trip was for a conference in Indianapolis. On the drive there, I visited several small towns in southern Indiana. While I was walking this small town, I heard someone calling my name. It turns out that Charlie, who goes to church with me, also was on a business trip. He was eating dinner outside and I walked right past him.

Jesse Owens Olympic Champion Statue
2) Jesse Owens Olympic Champion Statue

Jesse Owens was the hero of the 1936 Olympics. There is a museum in his honor near where he grew up in the middle of nowhere in Alabama. The museum is a nice place, and this statue was the highlight for me. The lady who operated the museum must not get many visitors and kept making conversation, probably hoping that I wouldn't leave.

When I told my mom about visiting this museum, she mentioned that my grandfather, who died when I was 4, was also a big fan of Jesse Owens. My grandfather was also a competitive jogger in Dallas.

Central of Georgia #223 Steam Locomotive
3) Central of Georgia #223 Steam Locomotive

My wife and I went on vacation to Savannah, GA. I like trains and my wife loves steam trains. On the day we were there, they were supposed to have their train run that day. However, the property had just been used by a Hollywood Movie and they couldn't run the trains on this day. We were both disappointed. Instead, we took the roundhouse tour and got a good look at this beauty. I like the colors and tones in this photo even though there was no direct sunlight.

Washington County Courthouse - Springfield, KY
4) Washington County Courthouse - Springfield, KY

On the way to a business trip in Louisville, I stopped by several small towns in Kentucky. With a little daylight left, I went to Springfield with no notes on what to look for. I had passed through this town back in 2006 when I was a photography novice. Back then, this building was the town Courthouse. Now, a new courthouse opened across the street and this building is now a Lincoln Museum.

I love the way the sun hits the front of this building with the storm clouds in the background. I'm using a 10mm wide angle lens and am close as I can get.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse at Sunset
5) Cockspur Island Lighthouse at Sunset

When my wife and I went to Savannah, we also took a Tybee Island Dolphin Cruise. For the sunset cruise, they get close to the old Cockspur Island Lighthouse around sunset.

Churchill Downs Race: Coming down the home stretch
6) Churchill Downs Race: Coming down the home stretch

My business trip to Louisville was held at Churchill Downs, after a day of lectures, we were treated to a night of races. While most of the other attendees were interested in wagering, I was interested in getting action photos. As it turns out, it is no trouble at all to get right up to the track on the ground level, probably because that's far from wagering and comforts. This was quite a soggy day, but the sun was out for this one race.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gate 1
7) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gate 1

My trip to Indy just happened to be the week of the Indianapolis 500. Race cars were everywhere, including our hotel. Downtown was quite festive as I walked about. On the Thursday before the race, I actually ventured out to the Speedway. I'm not an auto racing fan, but my mother-in-law is. I was hoping to see some sort of action, but there was none. I did like this photo of the entrance gate.

Hot Wheels Legends Tour Nashville: 1950 Mercury Diablo
8) Hot Wheels Legends Tour Nashville: 1950 Mercury Diablo

The people who make Hot Wheels sponsored a series of car shows all around the country where the winner would have their car turned into a toy car. They had a stop in Nashville, and I liked the look of this Merc.

Skateland - Memphis, TN
9) Skateland - Memphis, TN

Every so often I find something fantastic that wasn't on my list. This massive neon sign is one of them.

I was passing through Memphis on my way to something else when I was getting hungry. I considered eating at the Panchos here - just as my family used to do quite often as we would pass through town. But I was in a hurry and looking for something quicker.

My GPS told me to take White Station Rd. to get to my next destination. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a massive neon sign, but didn't get a good look at it. All I really saw were two red wings, so my first thought was it was a large neon Pegasus like the one which my dad told me lit up the Dallas skyline when he was a kid.

See 7 States from Rock City
10) See 7 States from Rock City

My first love in Photography was finding all of the remaining Rock City barns. I was inspired to do this with a book I found in their gift shop around 2004. In the years since then, I've been able to get in contact with the creator of the book and my photographic inspiration. On my trip to Indiana, I've been able to add another three to my total, which now stands at 90. Half of the barns in his book from 1996 are now gone. Many of the ones which remain are faded and tough to read like this one. We had a phone call a couple months after this photo was taken.

If I remember correctly, The first Rock City barn he ever photographed, also in Indiana, fell down a couple of years ago. I still visited and photographed it anyway, even though it is a collapsed pile of wood. I guess I've seen 91.

I had three photos make Flickr's Explore, which is one of the top photos posted to the site each day. It seems like it's never the ones I think should be tops.

Panama City Publishing Co.
Panama City Publishing Co.

Hancock County Courthouse - Hawesville, KY
Hancock County Courthouse - Hawesville, KY

Southern Kitchen Restaurant - New Market, VA
Southern Kitchen Restaurant - New Market, VA

Other 2017 accomplishments:

I had a couple of published photos this year. My photo of the controversial N.B. Forrest photo along I-65 in Brentwood seems to show up somewhere every year. This year, that photo, along with a photo of a waterfall inside Opryland Hotel appears in the new book "Secret Nashville" by Mason Douglas.

Also, my photo of the Town Clock Church in New Albany, IN appeared in the May 2018 issue of Indiana Preservation Magazine.
Town Clock Church - New Albany, IN


There is a website which lets you track how many counties in America you have visited. Someday, I'd like to visit every county in America, but at the end of 2018, I have been to 529 counties, which makes up 16.84% of America. I visited 32 new counties from GA, IN, KY & AL this year.

Now that the best photos are out of the way, what can Brent bore everyone with?

This may be the part where you stop reading. I am a professional number cruncher, so this kind of thing is my cup of tea and probably not yours. I record it for posterity sake.

In 2018, I took more than 17,800 photos. About 16,000 were of my son. (Not really.)

Most of my publishing-worthy photos are uploaded to flickr. I now have a total of 9,947 of which about 300 were uploaded in 2018. These photos have been viewed collectively 12,891,420 times. During 2013, Flickr changed what's considered a "view" making more things count than what used to. As a number cruncher, this irritates me, so 1.2 million views in 2018 doesn't mean as much as it used to. (By comparison, in 2012 I had about 500,000 views.)

2010 was the first year of my website, SeeMidTN.com. My webhost's stats show last year I had 21,214 unique visitors who made 47,900 visits viewing a total of 129,008 page views with 438,594 total hits (the stats exclude the 100,000 hits by robots / spiders / crawlers). the website used 12.92 GB of bandwidth. 41.3% of visitors used Windows which is going down a little every year. 47.8% people browsed with Chrome and 2 people used the older Opera, which is more than MS Edge. I set up a Facebook account which now has 103 followers and a twitter feed with 79 followers. These were set up as a set-it-and-forget-it tools that re-post my other content, but still has room for growth.

In 2015, I set up a Pinterest page which for the most part pins my popular flickr photos. I also have a couple of boards where I pin my favorite photos taken by others, so this is going to skew the data of my original content. Pinterest tells me I have 1002 pins on 15 boards. My most popular pin was the Acme Feed & Seed neon sign. I don't fully understang Pinterest stats but they tell me I now average 16,942 monthly viewers with 443 are engaged.

The highlight of my website is the daily blog. Although in mid 2017 my day job started to take too much of my time and I no longer am able to update it. Blogger.com's count of page views reports I had 325,927 page views in 8 years at the end of 2017, but the counter appears broken now. I wish I could find the page where Google lists the searches people typed in to find me. Mostly, so I could look at the weird ones. once a person typed in "olive pit allergy" to get to my site.

I also have a YouTube channel. Most of my good videos are recordings of my dad's early music groups. All-time, I have 669,400 views with about 15,000 in 2018. A new stat they offer: In 2018, My videos have been watched for 23,600 minutes, making an all-time total of 240,900 minutes. The longest watched video is a recording of "Salvation has been Brought Down" recorded at the Diana Singing, at 45,200 minutes.

This year, I'm adding info about MariLynn's youtube channel, which blows mine away. Especially since she gets enough views to have ads in her videos. She has a lot of fun with her Tarantulas on it. As of the end of 2017, she has 3,255 subscribers, a gain of 600 in 2018! She has 570,800 views for a total of 2.6 Million minutes.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Brent's 2017 Self-Aggrandizement Photography Post

Back with probably no demand whatsoever, it has become my yearly tradition early in the year to look back at all of my photos and crunch the numbers to see how everything did. In years past, I've written all the boring stat stuff first. This year, I'll show the year's top photos first and then you can skip over the boring numbers at the end.

Brent's top photos of 2017:

There are several reasons why I might include a photo here. Some of the photos may look they don't belong in a "best of the year" post, but they may be important to me for other reasons. Some of these are my favorite composed shots of my favorite subjects. Some of these are interesting effects while overcoming challenges to get a usable photo. Here we go in no particular order:

I had four photos make Flickr's Explore, which is one of the top photos of the day:

Cheatum Springs General Store
Cheatum Springs General Store

Westphal Hose Co. #5 - Martinsburg, VA
Westphal Hose Co. #5 - Martinsburg, VA

Ravenswood Mansion - Brentwood, TN
Ravenswood Mansion - Brentwood, TN

Cold Spring School - Portland, TN
Cold Spring School - Portland, TN

Other favorite photos of the year:

Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse - Nashville, TN
Who could forget about the eclipse?

Dolphins are awesome.
MariLynn and I were at Fort Walton Beach when we saw dolphins do this.

Work in progress: Nashville Walls Project - Lee Estes
An abandoned grain silo in The Nations area of Nashville received a facelift with a 160 foot tall painting of local resident Lee Estes. On Memorial Day, artist Guido Van Helten, in the bottom left corner, was nearly finished. Bonus fun fact: Mr. Estes is the gradfather of a high-school classmate.

Roxy Theater - Franklin, KY
For the Lucky timing shot of the year, I was photographing this late 30's movie theater in Franklin, KY when a late 30's Chevy sedan drove by.

Landmark: Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma, AL
On our way to Florida, we went out of our way to see this National Historic Landmark, which was the site of the Bloody Sunday during the civil rights marches in Selma.

Heigold House facade - Louisville, KY
A few years ago, I found this mesmerizing video, but I was particularly interested in the house facade where the rest of the house was missing. After some internet sleuthing, I found it on the East side of Louisville. It faces mostly north, so it is tough to see sunlit. I got there at the perfect time, late in the day in summer. Five minutes later, the sun disappeared behind some apartments.

Other 2017 accomplishments:

I had a couple of published photos this year. My photo of the controversial N.B. Forrest photo along I-65 in Brentwood appeared on the Stephen Colbert show. Also in Brentwood, a lady wanted to buy a photo from a local park. I didn't have one, but my company had me at an event down the road, so I was able to get one for her along the way.

There is a website which lets you track how many counties in America you have visited. Someday, I'd like to visit every county in America, but at the end of 2017, I have been to 497 counties, which makes up 15.82% of America. I visited new counties in VA, WV, MD & PA on the way to my nephew's wedding. My family went to Kentucky Kingdom, and we took a roundabout way home to see new counties in IN & KY. Finally, I added a couple of counties in AL on the way to the Florida panhandle. I visited a total of 9 states this year.

Now that the best photos are out of the way, what can Brent bore everyone with?

This may be the part where you stop reading. I am a professional number cruncher, so this kind of thing is my cup of tea and probably not yours. I record it for posterity sake.

In 2017, I took more than 21,000 photos. About 20,000 were of my son. (Not really.)

Most of my publishing-worthy photos are uploaded to flickr. I now have a total of 9,668 of which about 400 were uploaded in 2017. These photos have been viewed collectively 11,625,320 times. During 2013, Flickr changed what's considered a "view" making more things count than what used to. As a number cruncher, this irritates me, so 1.3 million views in 2017 doesn't mean as much as it used to. (By comparison, in 2012 I had about 500,000 views.)

2010 was the first year of my website, SeeMidTN.com. While my hit counter only shows 6,754, I could be a little disheartened. Apparently a lot of people are finding content on my website via google searches and not seeing the home page. My webhost's stats show last year I had 21,345 unique visitors who made 38,577 visits viewing a total of 99,368 page views with 426,370 total hits (the stats exclude the 100,000 hits by robots / spiders / crawlers). the website used 12.28 GB of bandwidth. 40.4% of visitors used Windows which is going down a little every year. 51,7% people browsed with Chrome and 2 people used the older Nokia PDA browser. I set up a Facebook account which now has 91 followers and a twitter feed with 74 followers. These were set up as a set-it-and-forget-it tools that re-post my other content, but still has room for growth.

In 2015, I set up a Pinterest page which for the most part pins my popular flickr photos. I also have a couple of boards where I pin my favorite photos taken by others, so this is going to skew the data of my original content. Pinterest tells me I have 937 pins on 15 boards. My most popular pin was the Acme Feed & Seed neon sign which has 132 re-pins, 60 in 2017.

The highlight of my website is the daily blog. Blogger.com's count of page views reports I had 325,927 page views in 8 years, with about 45,000 in 2017. I wish I could find the page where Google lists the searches people typed in to find me. Mostly, so I could look at the weird ones. Yesterday, one person typed in "olive pit allergy" and got to my site.

I also have a YouTube channel. Most of my good videos are recordings of my dad's early music groups, but nothing uploaded in 2017. All-time, I have 654,311 views with about 24,300 in 2017. The most popular video has always been "What a Friend we have in Jesus" which was recorded in a 2007 reunion concert of 70's chorale students. That video has 37,799 views all-time but only about 100 in 2017. A new stat they offer: In 2017, My videos have been watched for 25,305 minutes, making an all-time total of 217,373 minutes. The longest watched video is a recording of "Salvation has been Brought Down" recorded at the Diana Singing, at 40,000 minutes.

This year, I'm adding info about MariLynn's youtube channel, which blows mine away. She has a lot of fun with her Tarantulas on it. As of the end of 2017, she has 2,621 subscribers! She has 465,815 views for a total of 2,098,287 minutes

Monday, January 02, 2017

Brent's 2016 Self-aggrandizement Photography post

Back with probably no demand whatsoever, it has become my yearly tradition early in the year to look back at all of my photos and crunch the numbers to see how everything did. In years past, I've written all the boring stat stuff first. This year, I'll show the year's top photos first and then you can skip over the boring numbers at the end.

Brent's top 10 photos of 2016:

There are several reasons why I might include a photo here. Some of the photos may look they don't belong in a "best of the year" post, but they may be important to me for other reasons. Some of these are my favorite composed shots of my favorite subjects. Some of these are interesting effects while overcoming challenges to get a usable photo. Here we go in no particular order:

Tex's Bar-B-Q neon sign - Nashville, TN
Tex's World Famous BarBQ - Nashville, TN
Every Day, Flickr has a formula to pick the top 500 photos uploaded that day.  Those select photos belong to "Explore" and when a photo makes it, it gets several hundred extra views plus a few extra likes.  I spent a couple of days at my company's downtown office, and one day on the drive home I found this old neon sign which got me into Explore.

"Big Bob" Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur, AL
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q neon sign - Decatur, AL
My second photo to make Flickr's Explore was also a neon sign of a BarBQ restaurant.

Berlin Pulpit Rock - Berlin, TN
Pulpit Rock - Berlin, TN
As I scour the entire mid-state looking for places to photograph, I love to find the off the beaten path places.  It's even better if it used to be a very important spot, but now nobody knows it's there anymore.  There may be no better example that this rock in a very small town park.

Tribute to Blue Angels Capt. Jeff Kuss - Nashville Davidson Courthouse
The most noteworthy event in my home of Smyrna this year was the plane crash of Blue Angels pilot Jeff Kuss.  In honor if Kuss, the Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville colored it's lights in Blue Angels Blue and Yellow.  I was outside dealing with a thunderstorm to get this photo.

Nashville Zoo: new Gibbon Mother & Baby Male
My family got Nashville Zoo passes this year.  I was fortunate to show up a couple of days after the Gibbon mother and Son went out on public display.

Lightning Storm over the Gulf of Mexico
Good lightning shots can be difficult, but this one was a photo highlight of our family beachfront vacation to Panama City Beach.

Governors Drive Cleaners neon sign - Huntsville, AL
My third photo to reach Flickr's explore was also a neon sign.  This one was a laundromat in Huntsville.  Neon signs did very well for me this year, especially on Pinterest.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
This one was a fulfillment of an item on my bucket list, more than it was a great photo. This iconic and elusive vehicle made a stop at Franklin's 4th of July celebration

Davidson County Courthouse Old and New
Davidson County Courthouse Old and New
The county courthouse in Nashville makes a second appearance on this list. At the beginning of the year, I upgraded my camera equipment with a real wide angle lens. This view would not have been possible without one.  With my previous lens, I could not entirely fit the building on the left in one frame.

2016 NHL All-Star Game Festivities: The Crowd
This last one is certainly more important to me than it would mean to anyone else. In January it was a beautiful day when the NHL All-star game festivities came to downtown Nashville. I had a fun day even though there was a mob of people. At the same time, something about this photo clicked with me and I now see sunlight reflecting off windows in a different way.

Other 2016 accomplishments:

In 2016, I was finally published in National Geographic! I have often thought of them as the pinnacle of photography. But, did they use my best photo? No, they used a silly photo in a kid's book about famous fails. I guess I need to go actually find that book now.

As it turns out, my other photo to appear in a book was also a children's book. The other one was a book about Major League Baseball star Nelson Cruz. I took a photo of him as a minor-leaguer who came to visit the Nashville Sounds. It must have been the cheapest photo they could find so they wanted to use it.

I did have some serious photos make it onto TV. Knoxville station WBIR used some of my photos of the Whitwell Holocaust Museum in this story. Then, WBIR did a story on endangered historic properties and my photo of the Dandridge courthouse was used.

Other accomplishments include getting a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail in front of the Decatur, AL historic train station and getting a cease-and-desist order from a security guard at the federal courthouse in Knoxville. My company also took me on a tour of Ryman Auditorium as well as the new Nashville Sounds ballpark, so I was able to photograph both of these places without spending my own money. The strangest subject of the year may have been Pinky and the Brain graffiti in Knoxville.

Now that the best photos are out of the way, what can Brent bore everyone with?

This may be the part where you stop reading. I am a professional number cruncher, so this kind of thing is my cup of tea and probably not yours. I record it for posterity sake.

In 2016, I took more than 18,500 photos. About 17,000 were of my son. (Not really.)

Most of my publishing-worthy photos are uploaded to flickr. I now have a total of 9,259 of which about 370 were uploaded in 2016. These photos have been viewed collectively 10,304,620 times. During 2013, Flickr changed what's considered a "view" making more things count than what used to. As a number cruncher, this irritates me, so 1.5 million views in 2016 doesn't mean as much as it used to. (By comparison, in 2012 I had about 500,000 views.)

2010 was the first year of my website, SeeMidTN.com. While my hit counter only shows 6,028, I could be a little disheartened. Apparently a lot of people are finding content on my website via google searches and not seeing the home page. My webhost's stats show last year I had 15,200 unique visitors who made 24,933 visits viewing a total of 112,2651 page views with 546,486 total hits (the stats exclude the 100,000 hits by robots / spiders / crawlers). the website used 13.01 GB of bandwidth. 46% of visitors used Windows which is going down a little every year. 47% people browsed with Chrome and 2 people used the old-fashioned text-based Lynx browser. I set up a Facebook account which now has 75 followers and a twitter feed with 65 followers. These were set up as a set-it-and-forget-it tools that re-post my other content, but still has room for growth.

In 2015, I set up a Pinterest page which for the most part pins my popular flickr photos. I also have a couple of boards where I pin my favorite photos taken by others, so this is going to skew the data of my original content. Pinterest tells me I have 855 pins on 15 boards. My most popular pin was the Acme Feed & Seed neon sign which has 72 repins.

The highlight of my website is the daily blog. Blogger.com's count of page views reports I had 270,334 page views in 6 years, with about 42,000 in 2016. I wish I could find the page where Google lists the searches people typed in to find me. Mostly, so I could look at the weird ones. Yesterday, one person typed in "olive pit allergy" and got to my site.

I also have a YouTube channel. Most of my good videos are recordings of my dad's early music groups, but nothing really uploaded in 2016. All-time, I have 629,894 views with 27,341 in 2016. The most popular video has always been "What a Friend we have in Jesus" which was recorded in a 2007 reunion concert of 70's chorale students. That video has 37,693 views all-time but only about 100 in 2015. A new stat they offer: In 2016, My videos have been watched for 31,300 minutes. The most watched video is a recording of "Salvation has been Brought Down" recorded at the Diana Singing.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Stop Moving to Bucksnort - We full.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Move Just One Match to Fix the Equation

Monday, January 04, 2016

Brent's 2015 Self-aggrandizement Photography post

Back with probably no demand whatsoever, it has become my yearly tradition early in the year to look back at all of my photos and crunch the numbers to see how everything did. Before looking at any of the numbers, I am going to guess that everything is way down. In 2014, I took off a couple of months as I dealt with the health of my family. While that was still the case in 2015, it was more spread out.

In years past, I've written all the boring stat stuff first. This year, I'll show the year's top photos first and then you can skip over the boring numbers at the end.

Brent's top 10 photos of 2015:

There are several reasons why I might include a photo here. Some of the photos may look they don't belong in a "best of the year" post, but they may be important to me for other reasons. Some of these are my favorite composed shots of my favorite subjects. Some of these are interesting effects while overcoming challenges to get a usable photo. Here we go in no particular order:

Opryland Hotel Christmas 2015: Guitar D

Opryland Hotel Christmas 2015: Guitar D
A photo I took three weeks ago has been distinguished as my most viewed and favorited photo of the year. I never know which pictures will make Filckr's explore for most popular photos, but this one did. I published four different suspended guitar pictures from the Opryland Hotel Conservatory. This was my least favorite one, but the one that others liked. It's now my 32nd most popular, 3rd most liked and 199th most viewed photo of all time.

Cades Cove: Cable Grist Mill

Cades Cove: Cable Grist Mill
As a family, we went to the Gatlinburg area for a Valentine's Day weekend trip. After all these years of photography, I finally had a chance to see Cades Cove which is the most visited part of the most visited National Park in the country.

Eldorado Motel - Nashville, TN

Eldorado Motel - Nashville, TN
If you follow my photos, you know I love old neon signs. After spending the last decade driving all around my home town, I thought I had already found every historic neon sign I was ever going to find. Well, these days I can't get out and take photos as often as I used to, which means I need to accomplish more on the days I do get out. I had been meaning to do this for years, but in 2015 I put together a spreadsheet of everything in Tennessee I'd like to photograph, making a list of over 1,000 different places. During my research, I found a brochure for the Civil Rights tour of Nashville. That's where I found out about this fantastic sign for a motel that was recently demolished. It seems like few other people are aware of it. I couldn't go wait to see it, and I did on a day with beautiful weather when the sun was hitting it right.

Cummins Station - Nashville, TN

Cummins Station - Nashville, TN
Located next door to Union station, I have wondered for years how to get a good view of this photo of this place. Finally, I figured it out. A month later, a local company paid me to display this photo in their lobby.

Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ - Nashville, TN

Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ - Nashville, TN
I've driven past this interesting church building many times, never sure how I'd be able to get a good view of it. On this particular day, the sun was just right and no traffic was around.

Conway Twitty Mansion - Hendersonville, TN

Conway Twitty Mansion - Hendersonville, TN

CN IC #9613 Locomotive at the Memphis Pyramid

CN IC #9613 Locomotive at the Memphis Pyramid
I like trains, but I am partial to train companies I don't see as often. I've got a lot of photos of CSX trains. It took my third trip to Memphis to see a CN train for the first time. And, I could not have picked a better backdrop. I suppose there are plenty of people out there tired of CN trains who would love to see a CSX.

W.C. Crawford General Store - Williston, TN

W.C. Crawford General Store - Williston, TN
As I was making my list of 1,000 places to visit, I came across this cute general store, one of the nicest I have seen. It's also in the middle of nowhere, so I had to drive a while to get there.



On a family vacation to Florida, I saw this Snowy Egret. As I west to see how close I could get to it, the bird let me get closer and closer and closer until I was up in it's business.



I had heard that the town of Huntsville, AL was built near a spring. On the day I was in town, I walked all around the town square and surrounding buildings. Then I went to check out the park with the spring. I had no idea the spring was so massive, or that there would be a rock bluff so high. It seems to me that this should be a more prominent tourist destination. The town really is built around the spring as there is a historic bank building on top of the bluff. The town added the fountain and Koi into the pond.

Other 2015 accomplishments:

Published Photo #33 - Battle Creek

This photo made it into the opening credits of a TV show, so that it would be seen in every episode. Sadly, Battle Creek was cancelled into the first season.

Published Photo #32: Cloggers

On the same day Battle Creek first aired, the John Oliver Show used my photo of cloggers.

How to get even with the Nashville Zoning Commision

I made it into the Washington Post. Well, sort of. When the controversy of Nathan Bedford Forrest was at its peak, a Journalist for that paper wanted to use this photo. The photo editor overruled the author and went with a stock photo. Still I was quoted and it was along the lines of "a local blogger says the statue of Forrest is making a facial expression as if he is sitting on a thumb tack."

A Siamang Flies through the Air

I sold this photo of a Siamang to a zoo in New Zealand. Along with Europe, I am now published on three continents.

Now that the best photos are out of the way, what can Brent bore everyone with?

This may be the part where you stop reading. I am a professional number cruncher, so this kind of thing is my cup of tea and probably not yours. I record it for posterity sake.

In 2015, I took more than 14,700 photos. That may sound like a lot and it's more than last year, but it's about half of what I've done other years. About 13,000 were of my son. (Not really.)

Most of my publishing-worthy photos are uploaded to flickr. I now have a total of 8,885 of which about 400 were uploaded in 2014. These photos have been viewed collectively 8,853,768 times. During 2013, Flickr changed what's considered a "view" making more things count than what used to. As a number cruncher, this irritates me, so 2.5 million views in 2015 doesn't mean as much as it used to. (By comparison, in 2012 I had about 500,000 views.)

2010 was the first year of my website, SeeMidTN.com. While my hit counter only shows 4,975, I could be a little disheartened. Apparently a lot of people are finding content on my website via google searches and not seeing the home page. My webhost's stats show last year I had 16,407 unique visitors who made 26,031 visits viewing a total of 217,901 page views with 643,357 total hits (the stats exclude the 100,000 hits by robots / spiders / crawlers). the website used 23.71 GB of bandwidth. 56% of visitors used Windows which is going down a little every year. 42% people browsed with Chrome and 3 people used the old-fashioned text-based Lynx browser. My desire is for the website to grow exponentially, and the more content that gets added, the more visits I should get every year. The goal is for the ads on the site to start paying off someday as well as the increased exposure causing me to be the first person found when looking for a stock photo of a specific place. I set up a Facebook account which now has 71 followers and a twitter feed with 53 followers. These were set up as a set-it-and-forget-it tools that re-post my other content, but still has room for growth.

In 2015, I set up a Pinterest page which for the most part reposts my favorite flickr photos. I also have a couple of boards where I pin my favorite photos taken by others, so this is going to skew the data of my original content. Pinterest tells me I have 792 pins on 15 boards. 11,586 saw these pins in 2015 with 142 repins. My most popular pin was of a Muscovy duck.

The highlight of my website is the daily blog. Blogger.com's count of page views reports I had 228,532 page views in 6 years, with about 44,000 in 2015. I even had hits from Taiwan. I wish I could find the page where Google lists the searches people typed in to find me. Mostly, so I could look at the weird ones. Yesterday, one person typed in "Balloon Darts Knoxville" and got to my site.

I also have a YouTube channel. Most of my good videos are recordings of my dad's early music groups. All-time, I have 583,630 views with 33,337 in 2015. The most popular video has always been "What a Friend we have in Jesus" which was recorded in a 2007 reunion concert of 70's chorale students. That video has 37,693 views all-time but only about 100 in 2015. A new stat they offer: In 2014, My videos have been watched for 37,895 minutes. The most watched video is a recording of "Salvation has been Brought Down" recorded at the Diana Singing.