Monochrome Mondays

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Several years ago I posted this succulent in color on my 52 Week With Carolyn Blog.  I have had this one on my list to convert to Monochrome for some time.

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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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SkyPoint Condominiums

SkyPoint Condominiums is a luxury 5 star 361 foot high rise found near the Tampa River Walk in downtown Tampa.  It offers 380 Residential units on 25 of the 33 floors. Construction was completed in 2007 and is the 10th tallest building in Tampa.  Every amenity you would ever need is available including amazing views.


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A must see exhibit at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa FL. is the Borneo Orangutans. They are so interesting to watch, especially the little ones when they are climbing and swinging from the mounted ropes.  This mother kept a close eye on her baby but seemed to be contemplating how nice it was to have a quiet moment to herself.