Monochrome Madness 2-4: Missions in Monochrome — Mission San Jose

Leanne Cole has suggested the theme of MM for her Monochrome Madness Challenge 2-4 and so I have decided to add another posting in my series on California Missions that I have been calling Missions in Monochrome. Today we will be looking at Mission San Jose, the mission closest to my home in Castro Valley and the only one of the 21 California Missions located in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Monochrome Madness 2-3: Back to Florence

For week 2-3 of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I decided to go back to our travels in Italy in 2009. In fact, this shot was taken at the foot of the Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence just a couple of minutes after the photo I submitted last week of the Ponte Vecchio (see here for last week’s photo), which was taken from the middle of the Ponte Santa Trinita.

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Hawaii 2015: St Augustine by-the-sea Catholic Church in Waikiki

On the day after our family wedding several of us who were staying at various Waikiki hotels got together to attend Mass at 5pm and then go out to dinner at a nearby restaurant. My wife and I only had to walk three blocks from our Hyatt Place hotel on Paoakalani to reach St Augustine by-the-sea Catholic Church on Ohua Ave just off Kalakaua Avenue.

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Monochrome Madness 2-2

For my entry this week to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I thought I would go back to some of the photos I took on our travels in Italy in 2009. And so I selected this shot of the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”) over the river Arno in the city of Florence.

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Hawaii 2015: The Honolulu Memorial and the War in the Marianas

This is the second of two postings on the lessons in history and geography we learned from studying the mosaic galleries in the Honolulu Memorial at Punchbowl Cemetery (See here for my first posting in the series). The focus here will be on the Allied Forces charge across Micronesia to the Marianas and their objective of building airbases close enough to bombard Japan and bring an end to the war.

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Monochrome Madness 2-1

My wife and I visited Fremont, California a couple of weeks ago and walked along the shores of Lake Elizabeth where I took this shot. It will be my entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne Cole’s website.

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Hawaii 2015: The Honolulu Memorial and the War in the Pacific

We received lessons in history and geography last January when we visited the mosaic galleries at the Honolulu Memorial in Punchbowl Cemetery. This posting will cover the Allied military operations against Japan from December 1941 through February 1944.

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