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.

Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Rome, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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.

Continue reading

Posted in Florence, Italy, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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.

Continue reading

Posted in California, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

MM 3-49 Bristlecone Pine

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I decided to take one of the photos from my last posting about our 1994 visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah (see here — it’s photo # 7 of 10) and convert it to monochrome.  It’s one of the park’s ancient bristlecone pine trees in front of a wall of redrock.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

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.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

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.

Continue reading

Posted in California, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments