Monochrome Mondays


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Entertainment

Saturday evening we joined some friends for a delicious dinner at a new favorite Italian restaurant, Ortygia in Bradenton, FL.  Several times a month the patrons are treated to live music. We happened to be seated near them and I couldn’t resist capturing one of the musicians playing his electric guitar.

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Segway to Minneapolis

Segway tours are increasing in popularity around the country.  While in Minneapolis this summer a group passed by me while I was on top of the Stone Arch Bridge capturing the skyline of downtown Minneapolis.  To see an Old Photographic Effect and history of the bridge check out my other Blog 52 Weeks with Carolyn and scroll back to week 52.

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Be Grateful

A little over a year ago, my photography group took a field trip to a small horse farm that belongs to a friend of mine.  Her property is home to three beautiful horses, a lovingly restored ranch house, a guest house, barn and small pond.  I enjoyed the afternoon capturing numerous photos of the horses and the peaceful surroundings.  Several comfortable benches and chairs were placed on the porch of the horse barn.  I can picture her placing this riding hat on the chair after a long horse ride and being grateful to call this place home.

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Ollie

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.

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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.

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