MM 204: Maui Sugarcane Field

We vacationed on the island of Maui in 1982 and the other day I finally got around to scanning and digitizing the slides I took that summer. My entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is this shot I took of a sugarcane field and the West Maui Mountains.

View of the West Maui Mountains and a sugarcane field.

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I hear that the last sugar mill on Maui closed down a couple of years ago and sugar is no longer grown on the island. Our kids loved riding the Sugar Cane Train from Kaanapali to Lahaina but I hear that the train has closed down, too. According to their website there are plans to reopen sometime in 2018 but I also hear whispers about not holding your breath.

The West Maui Mountains are still there, though!

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 203: From Under the Eiffel Tower

We visited Paris for three weeks in the Spring of 2014 and one day I took a lot of shots of the Eiffel Tower including this one. It will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week with its From Under theme.

From Under the Eiffel Tower.

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

 

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MM 202: Viewing Avila from the Four Posts

We visited the walled city of Avila during our trip to Spain in 2010 and I took this shot from a place called Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts) which is about 1.5 kilometers from the city’s walls. This will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

The walled city of Avila from Los Cuatro Postes.

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The Four Posts is a religious monument that was originally built in the 12th century after the people of Avila temporarily abandoned their city to go on a pilgrimage in gratitude for the disappearance of the plague. During their absence a band of Muslims looted the city. Half of the pilgrims on their return defended the city from further attack while the other half hunted down the Muslims and retrieved their booty. This second group was then refused entrance inside the city’s walls unless they shared the booty. The King of Castile intervened and expelled the group inside the walls. The city council then decided that the people of Avila should repeat their pilgrimage every year and authorized the building of the humilladero (term cross) along the way.

The present monument was built in 1566. The granite cross in the middle of the square formed by the four Doric columns was rebuilt in 1995 after it was destroyed by vandals. Here’s another photo I took that day that shows all four posts plus the cross:

The humilladero of Los Cuatro Postes. The monument is called a term cross, a type of milestone found at the entrance to towns all over Spain as a sign of piety.

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

 

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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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