Monochrome Mondays


Slave Cabin Window San Francisco Plantation

While on a road trip to Baldwin, Louisiana with some friends we stopped for a tour of the San Francisco Plantation, A National Historic Landmark in Garyville, Louisiana.

The Plantation was built in 1856 directly beside the Mississippi River.  Today a modern earthen levee protects the Plantation and its surrounding restored buildings which sit on 7 acres in the middle of a Marathon Petroleum Facility.  Marathon purchased the Plantation and has spent thousands of dollars restoring and re-furnishing it.  A restored school house and slave quarters are on the property and provide visitors with a stark reminder of our nations historical past.

I love the simplicity of the cedar siding and screened window.



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Selby Public Library

The Selby Public Library was the first library in Sarasota County, Florida that was established in 1907.  Located on 1st Street in downtown Sarasota the building was designed by architect Eugene Aubry and constructed in 1998.  The large bottom heavy columns support and grace the outside of the building, providing large shaded porticos .



Stone Arch Bridge

I have spoken of and included parts of the Stone Arch Bridge on this blog and my 52 Week with Carolyn blog.  The Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota is a former railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River.  It was completed in 1883 at a cost of $650,000 by James J. Hill one of many railroad tycoons of his day.

Today it is used primarily as a bike and walking path. This view is facing East and it captures the old Pillsbury A-Mill Plant that was built in 1881 and operated until 2003.  In 2013 it was converted to 251 loft apartments.





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Cumil the Sewer Worker

Cumil the Sewer Worker has become one of Bratislavia, Slovakias most famous statues   located in the old town district.  He was installed in 1997 along with other statues to provide fun and art to the post Communist -era.

He sits right in the middle of the sidewalk near a corner, you can not miss him.  He has been known however to cause more than a few unaware pedestrians to take a tumble over him.



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Street Art/Graffiti

The first Wednesday of a month Leanne Cole a photographer from Australia has a new Monochrome Challenge in her Blog The Photographer’s Mentor,

The theme this month is Street Art/Graffiti.  I found my contribution in Europe.  A very old original Street Art.




Several towns we visited during our River Cruise in 2016 had umbrellas strung overhead between buildings casting shadows on the small lanes as we passed underneath.  I can’t remember where this photo was taken, but it was a beautiful day and the umbrellas were a luscious shade of yellow, a beautiful contrast to the bright blue sky with a hint of clouds.  Switching to Black and White brought out the shadows and details of the display.