MM 3-44 Denali

We visited Denali National Park during a short trip to Alaska in July 2008 and  I took this shot of what was then called Mount McKinley but has since then been renamed Denali. It is the highest mountain in North America (20,310 feet). Denali means “the great one” in Athabaskan. This photo is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-43 Ross Castle in Killarney

We spent a week visiting relatives in County Down, Northern Ireland in 2002 and then we rented a car in Belfast and drove all over the Republic of Ireland for another four weeks. About three weeks into this tour we found ourselves in County Kerry and we spent a couple of nights in Killarney.  On our second day there we walked across the bridge to Killarney National Park and visited Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane and I took this picture.

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More on our 2004 Lewis and Clark Heritage Tour

I was an active member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) for 20 years and attended many of their annual conventions during that time, including the 2004 convention that was held in Vancouver, Washington.  My entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week (see here) was a photo from our Lewis and Clark Heritage bus Tour during that convention.  Here are some more photos from that tour.

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MM 3-42 Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Cape Disappointment lies at the southwest tip of the state of Washington, just a stone’s throw from the state of Oregon. Way back in 2004 my wife and I attended the annual Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) convention which was held that year in Vancouver, Washington.  The highlight of the convention was a Lewis and Clark heritage tour to Fort Clatsop, Oregon near the mouth of the Columbia River. On the way back we visited Cape Disappointment State Park and I took this shot. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-41 Reflections

The theme for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week is Reflections and I have decided to submit a photo I took from the upper deck of a sightseeing bus  in Brussels while on our 2012 European vacation.

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MM 3-40 Queenstown View

My wife and I visited the North Island of New Zealand for eight days in 2011 and then we flew to the country’s South Island to spend four more days in Queenstown.  This photo was taken about halfway between our lakeside apartment and central Queenstown and is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-39 Glencoe Viewpoint

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I have decided to submit a monochrome version of one of my favorite shots from our trip to Scotland last Spring. We were on a three-day bus trip to the Isle of Skye and this photo is a view of the next viewpoint up the road in the Glencoe area of the Scottish Highlands.


Viewing the Three Sisters Viewpoint on Highway A82 in the Scottish Highlands near Glencoe.

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See here for the color version of this photo and for more info on our bus tour. Our bus driver / tour guide pulled over to a lay-by for a few minutes while we waited for some of the vehicles at the crowded viewpoint to leave.  It’s called the Three Sisters Viewpoint and it is about four miles from the village of Glencoe.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days. She also publishes all the rules and directions you need to follow if you wish to participate in future Challenges.

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