Monochrome Mondays

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Virginia Creeper

Simple photo for today.  Virginia Creeper growing up the outside of an abandoned gas station located in Arcadia, Florida.



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In The Air

A trip to Mt. Rushmore in June wasn’t complete without driving on the Needles Parkway. The 14 mile road travels through beautiful scenic areas of Custer State Park.  Along the way we made several stops so I could photograph the high granite “needles” that jut into the air.  This particular needle was a popular spot to photograph because of the visible eye of the needle.  I had hoped to capture the sun shining through the eye, but the sun was high and the crowds of people and cars passing by prohibited me from getting just the right angle.


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Arched Window

I enjoy looking for unusual windows, this one caught my eye while visiting Bok Tower Gardens near Lake Wales, FL.  The gardens consist of seven lush acres complete with a Mediterranean style 20 room mansion built in the 1930’s.  The mansion was built for Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president.  The window is near the mansions entrance.  A similar shaped window can be found above in my header that was taken while touring Germany.


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The Hook

Back in August I posted a photo of starfish that I had taken while visiting Tarpon Springs, FL.  Tarpon Springs is famous for their harvesting of natural sponges.  It was fun wandering along the docks and streets taking in the local flavor that evening.  While the net filled with sponges was my point of interest in this photo, I found my eye being drawn to the lone open metal hook.




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South Dakota Badlands

Revisiting some of my images I took back in June when I traveled to South Dakota to visit the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore.  This is my contribution to Leanne Coles Monochrome Madness viewed weekly on Thursdays Australia time or mid day on Wednesdays here in the U.S.  The first week of Novembers theme is IN THE OPEN.