MM 201 The View from Belem Tower

We explored Lisbon’s historical Belem district one day during our stay in Portugal in 2010 and toured the Belem Tower (Torre de Belem), a 16th century fort on the Tagus River not far from the Discoveries Monument. It is also known as the Tower of St Vincent. My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is a shot I took inside the tower of the view up the Rio Tejo.

The view from a balcony inside the Tower of Belem.

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The bridge in the background is the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), built in 1966 but renamed in 1974 after the Carnation Revolution that ended Portugal’s authoritarian regime. The bridge resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge but was built by the company that built the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Here’s a shot of the tower’s exterior. Can you find the balcony from which I took the first photo?

The Tower of Belem (Torre de Belem) on the Tagus River (Rio Tejo).

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


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MM 200 Honolulu Hotel

We stayed at the Hyatt Place on Paoakalani Avenue during our one-week stay in Hawaii in 2015. My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is a close-up shot of the hotel directly across the street from us.

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MM 199 Telephone Theme

The San Francisco 49ers, my favorite football team, made it to the Super Bowl five years ago and my wife and I hosted a family Super Bowl Party. It was getting close to the end of the game and most of us were glued to the TV in our family room when my six-year-old granddaughter decided to take her notebook electronic device to a quiet room on the other side of the house to play a game. She was soon followed by my two four-year-old granddaughters who each asked their respective Mommies if they could borrow their cell phones. The sun went down while they were concentrating on their games and there was little light in the room but they didn’t care. They had enough light from their devices. I went to check on them during a commercial break and shot this picture.

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MM 198 More Photos of Santa Clara

I selected another photo from our trip to Santa Clara a couple of weeks ago for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. We came across this building shortly after our visit to Mission Santa Clara when we continued our tour of the campus grounds of Santa Clara University.

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MM 197 Missions in Monochrome: Mission Santa Clara

Our granddaughter Lia is currently in the fourth grade and is studying California Missions. Her brother Tyler is a high school sophomore who has been receiving lots of inquiries from colleges all over the country because of his recent high PSAT score and has become interested in visiting college campuses. So a couple of Fridays ago when they had no school because of a staff development day in Castro Valley we decided to spend most of the day visiting Mission Santa Clara which is less than an hour away from our Crow Canyon home and just happens to be located in the middle of a college campus.

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MM 196 A Scene in Old Town León

I went back to photos I took during our vacation last May in Spain for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. This scene is just off the Camino Santiago that runs through Old Town León. That’s the bell tower for St Isidore (San Isidoro) church and basilica in the background. The bronze sculpture in the foreground is called El Monumento de las Infantas de León and is by the celebrated artist and sculptress Maria Salud Parada Morollón.

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MM 195 Octophant

I went back to our trip to London in 2013 to select my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge and its Street Art theme. We spent the better part of a day in the Brick Lane area of East London during that trip and I walked around and took several photos of the street art in the neighborhood. I came across this one on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane. It’s called an Octophant — part octopus and part elephant — and it took Port Rican artist Alexis Diaz one week to paint it in March of 2013.

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