Monochrome Mondays



Ollie belongs to my daughter and her family.  He is a Vizsla, eleven years old and unfortunately starting to show his old age.  Among his golden rust hair, gray has been creeping in for several years.  When Ollie first arrived in my daughters family, he was the most active and rambunctious dog I had ever been around.  His barking could send you in search of ear plugs.  Despite his barking, through the years, I have grown to love him and a pain fills my heart to see his health decline.  I took this photo of Ollie in early June right after my granddaughter and I re-stuffed his favorite bed.  After scratching and circling it a few times he finally settled down for a comfortable rest.




My Home Pre Hurricane Irma

Preparing for my first hurricane has been a week long process and dealing with the different categories and projected paths to hit Florida has raised my anxiety level to all time highs.  Long lines at the gas station, empty shelves at the grocery stores, searching for water and batteries, no generators to be found.   Several friends suggested taking pictures of everything inside and outside my home to show our insurance company if we need to file a claim.  Room by room, cabinet by cabinet, drawer by drawer I went through my house.  Then I started on the outside.  250 pictures later I have things documented.  Because my husband is up north visiting family, my son and his family here helped to secured my home the best we could.  No hurricane safe shutters only adds to my anxiety.  My garage is packed with cars, a golf cart, plants and stuff we all accumulate.  Inside several rooms are filled with patio furniture from our lanai.  Here is a photo of my home Pre Hurricane Irma.  I am riding out the storm at my sons and praying I have a home to go home to.




My River Cruise in 2015 continues to provide me with photos I enjoy reviewing.  This image of the harpist I have gone back to several times and decided today was the day to process it.  There really was little color in the photo, a little in the harp and apple bag nearby, so I felt the image warranted a conversion to B&W.  I particularly love the pop of texture in his jacket.




Starfish (Sea Star)

Back in May my photography group took a field trip to Tarpon Springs FL.  The Tarpon Springs area for years has been known for harvesting natural sponges. The quaint downtown has numerous gift shops that sell sponges along with other beauties from the nearby gulf waters.

A basket filled with Starfish caught my eye and when looking through my files decided to convert it to a Black and White image.  The different textures and details popped with the conversion.

Looking on line for information about Starfish I discovered scientists would prefer they be called Sea Stars.  They are not fish but are an echinoderm and are closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.  Amazingly there are over 2000 species in the oceans.  The five-arm variety as shown is the most common, but some species have 10, 20 and 40 arms!




This photo has haunted me ever since I took it in 2015 while in Budapest, Hungary.  Our traveling group for the day had gathered in a large open area before heading into a nearby cathedral.  Out of no where this woman in old dirty clothing appeared beside me.  She never spoke,  just passed by searching the crowd with sad dark eyes, hoping for a coin or two to be dropped into an old tin cup.   As she turned away I snapped one shot of her bent over using a cane to help steady her every step.  The modern drainage system and her cane are the only signs that this photo wasn’t taken years ago.



Dinner Bell

Dinner bells have been used for centuries to notify family and field hands that dinner is ready.  I grew up with a small bell just outside our back door.  When you heard the bell ringing, even blocks away, my friends and I always took off for home.  Not only was it my dinner time but theirs as well.  This cast iron dinner bell located at our son in laws family ranch in South Dakota, is an iconic part of the ranch, just like the numerous barns, fences and house built with love by his recently deceased grandfather.