Some of my Favorites




Some of my Favorites: Photos by Ray Smith

There will be a reception for the opening of the new exhibit, “Some of my Favorites: Photos by Ray Smith” on Sunday, February 1st, from 2 PM – 4 PM.

This exhibit is a wonderful selection of favorite images from Ray Smith’s archives of nature photographs. His images depict wildflowers, trees, rivers and streams from various East Tennessee locations including the UT Arboretum and Frozen Head State Park.


D. Ray Smith is well known to most Oak Ridgers. He is the Historian at the Y-12 National Security Complex and a journalist for the Oak Ridger newspaper, and he also serves on a number of boards of directors for local non-profit organizations. Ray has lived in Oak Ridge for 44 years with his wife Fanny. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Ray is often found at community events taking photos that he generously shares with the public.

Ray has co-produced several award-winning documentary films and publishes two weekly Oak Ridge history newspaper columns, “Historically Speaking” and “Y-12: Local Treasure and National Resource,” and he has published 11 books on the history of Oak Ridge. He has won numerous awards for his work.

Apart from his history projects and community service, Ray has always had a love of nature and nature photography. He began his photography career while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam where he purchased his first quality camera, a Canon FTb.

Ray has partnered with Harvey Towns of the Appalachian Frame Shop to produce this 40-piece exhibit. Prints of these images may be ordered from the Appalachian Frame Shop.

The exhibit runs throughout the month of February.

For more information on Ray, please visit his website.