MM 3-48 Sterling Vineyards Winery

One of our favorite places to visit when we go wine tasting in the Napa Valley just north of San Francisco Bay is the Sterling Vineyards Winery in Calistoga. The adventure begins with a short ride on an aerial tram to the stark white hilltop winery that resembles a Greek monastery. They offer self-guided tours of the winery and you get fantastic views of Napa Valley. I took this shot in 1977 with my Olympus OM-1 35mm camera, scanned the slide  to my computer in 2006, and processed the photo in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro last week.  It will be my entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Utah’s National Parks: Capitol Reef

In the summer of 1994 my wife and I drove from our home in Crow Canyon about 740 miles east to Salt Lake City to attend the annual Oregon-California Trails Association convention. After the convention we decided to drive through three of Utah’s five national parks — Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion — on our return to California. All three parks are pretty close to each other, east of I-15 and south of I-70. Here are some photos from our first stop: Capitol Reef.

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MM 3-47 The Great White Throne

In the summer of 1994 my wife and I drove to Salt Lake City to attend the  Oregon-California Trails Association annual convention and on our return home we decided to stop and visit three of Utah’s national parks: Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion.  This shot is of The Great White Throne in Zion and will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-46 The Grounds of The Alamo

In the Summer of 2010 my wife and I and our seven-year-old grandson spent a weekend visiting relatives in the San Antonio area of Texas. We visited The Alamo one day and I took this photo of the grounds near the main entrance to The Alamo. It will be my entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-45 Shadows of the Louvre

Leanne’s theme this week for her Monochrome Madness Challenge is Shadows and I have decided to submit a photo I took on our trip to Paris in 2014 when we visited the Louvre a couple of times. On our second museum visit we concentrated our attention on the French sculptures in the Richelieu wing and the adjoining courts. Glass roofs were constructed over these courts in 1993 and I was able to take several shots that highlighted the resulting shadows all over the walls, floors and statues. This one was taken in the Cour Puget.

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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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