52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 14 #45 Spooky

Several days into our river cruise one of our stops was Bratislava, Slovakia. It has a rich history dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. It was incorporated into the Hungarian Empire in the 10th century and in 1536 became the capital of Hungary, remaining the capital for 258 years. Early on its name was Pressburg and in 1919 after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the establishment of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, the city was renamed Bratislava (brat=brother; slava=fame/honor). In 1993 Slovakia gained its independence. It is the only capital city in Europe to border two countries, Austria and Hungary. During our walking tour of the old part of the city we discovered this red executioner plaque hanging on the wall of a building right before a narrow lane. Our tour guide told us that it would have been hung to let residents know that a executioner lived on that lane. I think if I had to see this spooky reminder everyday I certainly would have stayed out of trouble!

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ISO 125 Focal distance 50mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter speed 1/80

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Week 13 #7 Circle In A Square

A large courtyard surrounds Matthias Church on the Buda side of Budapest with a walled and a towered structure directly behind named Fishermen’s Bastion. The view from the tower is spectacular looking eastward across the Danube to the Pest side. Shortly after descending the stairs I stopped to check some photos I had taken and happened to glance down and spotted this circle in a square. As you can see it is dated 2014 so recently installed.

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ISO 100 Focal length 17mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter speed 1/160


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Week 12 #35 On The River

The most heart wrenching area we visited while in Budapest was the Shoe Memorial along the Danube River. It was created by Hungarian sculptor Gyula Pauer and his friend Can Togay in 2005. “Shoes on the Danube” pays tribute to the Hungarian Jews who were killed by the Arrow Cross militiamen, one of Hungary’s most notorious fascist organizations, at the river in the 1940’s. Because shoes were very valuable at the time, the victims were asked to remove theirs before they were executed and thrown into the Danube River. Each sculpted pair is modeled after actual shoes of the time. Visitors leave flowers and other mementos to pay tribute to the victims.

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ISO 100 Focal length 39mm Aperture f/4.5 Shutter speed 1/800


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Week 11 #9 Complementary Colors

I purchased this hibiscus last year and named it “Kay” in memory of my father in law. It is my favorite of all the varieties I have growing in my lanai. There are many hybrids of various flowers, trees, vegatables etc. out there so I have no idea if this is one of them or if Mother Nature provided it with these beautiful “Complementary Colors”.

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ISO 3200 Focal length 60mm Aperture f/22 Shutter speed 1/2


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Week 10 #16 Frame Within A Frame

We have been traveling to Alaska for almost 40 years. My father in law moved the family to Fairbanks in 1974 when he was a Chief Engineer for the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline. When the pipeline was completed they moved to Anchorage. My in-laws are no longer living but, we still have family in Anchorage. I have lost count of the number of times we have visited and are so fortunate to enjoy the beauty of Alaska. One thing I never tire of is the anticipation of possibly viewing Mt.Mckinley/Denali situated 133 miles from Anchorage. We usually are there in the summer or fall so odds of a completely clear day to see the mountain are only 33%. During all our visits I have seen numerous partial views but, only a hand full of full views. A full view literally can take your breath away it is just so magnificent. I wasn’t lucky enough to see any of the mountain this last trip in July but, in the lobby of our hotel were 3 beautiful photos of Mt.Mckinley/Denali in all its glory. I took this picture with this theme in mind “Frame Within A Frame”.

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ISO 1250 Focal length 26mm Aperture f/5 Shutter speed 1/50