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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Easter Sunday in Rome

We prefer to travel during the springtime and consequently have sometimes found ourselves far from home on Easter Sunday. One such time was in 2009 when we were visiting Rome and we decided to celebrate Easter by following the old adage “When in Rome…” and got on the subway headed for the Vatican to join the more than 400,000 people with the same idea: attend the Pope’s Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

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MM 3-51 A Tuscany Countryside

One day during our 2009 trip to Italy we toured a winery in the Chianti Rufina area near Florence and enjoyed the beautiful views of the Tuscany countryside. The wine was delicious, too! This shot was taken across the road from the main tasting room of Castello del Trebbio and will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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MM 3-50 Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Our Irish cousins visited us in the Spring of 2008 and they asked us if they could experience a bit of our American Culture by attending a major league baseball game. So we rode on BART from Castro Valley to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Station and walked along the Embarcadero to AT&T Park to see the Giants play the San Diego Padres on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It was a great game. The Giants won and the cousins learned a lot about American traditions. And I took this shot during one of the significant times during the game. It will be my entry to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week and her theme of Culture.

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