Monochrome Mondays


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Meditation

My granddaughter found a perfect spot on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota to practice some meditation.

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Along the Bayou

Back in February, I enjoyed the cool breezes and quiet reflective moments here along the bayou on the grounds of the UMCOR grounds near Baldwin, Louisiana.  UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief.  I spent the week there with a group from my church working on several projects that would eventually be sent out to areas that have been affected by a natural disaster.  I imagine some of our efforts have been sent to communities in North and South Carolina that were devastated by Hurricane Florence.

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Marker 88

I celebrated one of the monumental numbered birthdays this past week.  I have never minded turning a year older, I love to celebrate birthdays mine included!  We enjoy traveling around the time of my birthday, so this year we drove down to the Florida Keys.  It was our first visit there and we stayed at the amazing Cheeca Lodge and Spa on Islamorada.  The resort is finishing up an extensive remodel after Hurricane Irma blew through last September.

We spent one evening enjoying a beautiful sunset dinner at the restaurant Marker 88 located on the bay side of Islamorada.  The Marker 88 has been in operation since 1967 and has with stood the test of time and many storms.

As the sun was beginning to set and the rays filtered through the soft billowing clouds I began taking photos.  I saw my first wild green iguana near the shoreline.  Shortly after I photographed it, I was amazed to see it climb over the rocky shore and swim over to the safety of this lone mangrove tree.

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Lightening Strike

We had a terrific lightening storm blow through our area on Friday afternoon with a strike close enough to our house to blow out the cable, phone and internet. We don’t miss the phone ringing because most of our land line calls are either from telemarketers or reminders of upcoming doctor appointments. But no TV and Internet reached epic levels of frustration when my husband couldn’t watch “The Football Game of the Year” for Iowa State and Iowa fans Saturday evening. Thank heavens one of neighbors wasn’t affected so he was able to see our beloved Iowa State Cyclones loose the big intrastate rivalry with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Well there is always next year.

I didn’t think about the fact that I wouldn’t be able to post a photo to my Monochrome Monday blog until yesterday morning. All my photos are stored on portable hard drives with access through my laptop. Not to be undone I decided to get creative and took a few photos around the house with my iPad. Converting one to Mono was simple and “Bing Bang” on to writing a new post! Thank heavens for all the satellite towers out there that keep our mobile devices working. Oh, and keep your fingers crossed we are back in full service by Tuesday evening. 😊


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Under a Chihuly Umbrella

St. Petersburg, FL. has a Chihuly Art gallery that houses an amazing collection of Dale Chihulys work.  On a recent trip with friends I was surprised to see a variety of textiles included in the gallery.  Scarves, blankets, wall hangings and colorful umbrellas were strategically place through the gallery.  Looking at my photos today I thought it would be interesting to see how the colorful patterned umbrella would look converted to Black and White.  The variety of colors and designs provided a nice variety of toning and depth.

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