Monochrome Mondays

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I enjoy taking photos of windows and doors especially if they are old.  This one was taken somewhere in Budapest, Hungary while touring the city.





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.