Monochrome Mondays

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Cigar Indian Chief

A trip to Ybor City located in Tampa, FL. is a great place to find unusual things to photograph.  Ybor City years ago was the one of the largest producers of hand rolled cigars.  Today you can still watch the process in a few shops and if you choose buy a few, or in this case buy 5 and get one free.



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A walk around a ranch in South Dakota provided me with this image of a long forgotten coil of barbed wire hanging over a fencepost.  The first U.S. patent for barbed wire was issued in 1867 and quickly became an important and often disputed part of ranching cattle in the West.


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Viking Riverboat Baldur Bell

This months theme in Australians Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness challenge is Boats.  As usual it’s our own interpretation and my contribution is the bell from the Viking Baldur Riverboat, one of the boats we traveled down the Danube and Rhine Rivers in 2015.  Check out her site to see all the participants on Tuesday.




I spotted this abandoned farm house last June after visiting my son in laws family who live on a ranch in South Dakota.  The wood house sat back from the road on a slight rise alone on the over grown prairie.  I noticed is was very weathered and had not seen a coat of paint for some time as we drove closer along a narrow path.  I like the simplicity of the old house but it leaves me with several unanswered questions. What happened to the family who lived here?  Did they fall on hard times and were forced to move on?  How long has the house sat empty with only the wind, rain and snow blowing through the open windows?


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Cypress Tree

During a trip to Louisiana in March, I was able to take a “Swamp Tour”.  Our guide grew up spending hours fishing with his father in the area and provided us with many stories during our almost 2 hour tour.  He told us the Cypress trees in the swamp can be hundreds of years old and the large bulbous base of the tree above the water is hollow.  He estimated this tree to be over 200 years.  I would have liked to have had more time to compose a better shot of the tree, but we slipped by it fairly quickly.  A fast shutter speed allowed me to snap it without a blur.  In post processing I added a bit of an antique effect.  It seemed warranted considering the age of the tree.