MM 4-04 Avebury Stones

My wife and I visited London during the Fall of 2013 and one day signed up for an all-day bus tour to Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury. Over the years I have posted several photos and stories about our Stonehenge (see here and  here) and Glastonbury (see here and here and here and here) adventures but until now have neglected any mention of Avebury. So for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I have decided to show a portion of the stone circles of Avebury that are much larger than the more famous Stonehenge monument twenty miles away.

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MM 4-03 Here comes the pitch!

For one of last year’s Monochrome Madness Challenges I submitted a photo of my middle granddaughter getting her first hit (see here).  That was when she was 7 years-old and in the second grade. Well, she just turned nine and in her second year of girls softball she has added pitching to her repertoire. And for this week’s MM Challenge I am submitting this photo of a game the other day in which she was the starting pitcher.

Starting her double wind-up.

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Here are a few more photos from that game:

In the middle of her wind-up.

A break between innings.

There’s a league rule that you can only pitch a maximum of two innings. So my granddaughter played third base for the rest of the game.

This is what happens when you focus on the fence in front of you instead of the ball player on the other side of the fence!

She also got two hits and was given credit for two putouts, one of which was the highlight of the game: With 2 outs and the bases loaded she fielded a dribbler to the mound and ran to home plate, beating the runner from third base and so ending the inning!

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website this Thursday (Wednesday in North America and Europe) to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.


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MM 4-02 Madrid Dancer

We were walking around Madrid one day during our 2010 trip to Spain and we found ourselves at the Plaza Major, a popular tourist spot. My wife decided to do some shopping and so I decided to relax for a while with a sangria and watch and listen to some flamenco music. Leanne’s theme this week for her Monochrome Madness Challenge is moving or movement. Well, this Spanish dancer made a lot of moves that day and I captured one of them with this shot which will be my entry for this week’s Challenge.

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MM 4-01 A Tree near Kilauea Crater

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I decided to submit a photo I took during our visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island in 1979. In those days there were boardwalks all over and you could walk right up to the crater and peer in. But Kilauea has been erupting since 1983 and the landscape has changed drastically since our visit.

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The Barlow Road at the End of the Oregon Trail

In the early 1840s the first emigrants to Oregon sailed up the Missouri River from St Louis to what are now various suburbs of Kansas City and from there set off on foot, horseback or wagons on a two thousand mile journey through the present states of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon until they got as far as the Dalles on the Columbia River. And then they were stumped. They ran out of trail for their wagons. So they built rafts and floated down the river to the British trading post called Fort Vancouver and from there they ended their long voyage with a short trip down the Willamette River to the Willamette Valley. It was a dangerous undertaking and many people drowned. Then Sam Barlow came to the rescue and built a wagon road from The Dalles in 1845-46 that stretched close to a hundred miles around the south side of Mt Hood and finally ended in what is now Oregon City in the Willamette Valley about 20 miles south of Portland.

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MM 3-52 Rome Silhouette

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I have decided to take a photo from my recent posting on Easter Sunday in Rome (see here — it’s photo # 2) and convert it to monochrome using Lightroom and the Silhouette preset in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

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Utah’s National Parks: Zion

Zion National Park was the third of Utah’s National Parks that we visited in 1994 after attending the Oregon-California Trails Association national convention in Salt Lake City. We reached the park from its east entrance on Highway 9 after visiting Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin earlier that day and then driving down Highway 89. The Zion-Mt Carmel Highway was opened in 1930 and allows drivers to connect to both Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon National Park to the north and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the south.

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