On a recent vacation to Memphis, TN, I took the opportunity to walk around the downtown area each morning and see what kind of photographic opportunities I could find. I found more than I could capture in the limited time that I had allotted. Here are a few of the images that I captured.
There is a trolley that runs in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. until around 10:30 p.m. most days. The ride is $1.00 each way or you can get an all day pass for $3.50. Cheap transportation and a fun way to see the downtown area.
There is a plaza in the downtown area and it has a sunken patio area with this water feature on two sides. It is literally 15 feet below street level. The sound of the water feature is really quite nice and can take the worries of the day away for a little while. This wold have made a great back drop for a portrait shoot.
The Cook County Courthouse features six of these sculptures at various entries to the building. Unfortunately I fear many in our society would rather have revenge than justice.
My favorite site of all is the Kress building. Amount of terra cotta and the detail is just jaw dropping. Kress was a department store chain in the south and southeast for many years. I can still remember going to the Kress store in Tulsa when I was a kid. This building is now used for private meetings and catered events. If you're ever in Mempis, you just have to check out this building.
Like Graceland, no trip to Memphis is compete without a visit to the Rendezvous. They are world famous for their BBQ ribs. The Rendezvous uses a dry rub to get their flavor. No sauce is used during the smoking process. They are the gold standard for "Memphis Style BBQ". They smoke between 7,000 & 10,000 pounds of ribs each week. Note that the entry is actually in an alley, so the place is not visible from the main streets. Don't worry though, EVERYONE in Memphis knows exactly where the Rendezvous is located.