Utah’s Kodachrome Basin State Park

After our stay at Bryce Canyon in 1994 we decided to visit nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park before driving to Zion National Park. Kodachrome Basin is about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon and about seven miles south of Highway 12 at Cannonville.

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Utah’s National Parks: Bryce Canyon

After visiting Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park during the summer of 1994 we drove down state highway 12 to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s about 120 miles from Capitol Reef Visitor Center to Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. Unlike Capitol Reef and Zion you enter the park high on a rim that fluctuates between 8 and 9,000 feet above sea level. So you are looking down at most of the views. And most of the views include tall and thin stone pinnacles called hoodoos.

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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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