Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

This week Paula invites us to share Traces of the Past. I visited The Cloisters in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan yesterday, a fitting place to share traces of the past, as the four cloisters, the Cuxa, Bonnefont, Trie and Saint-Guilhem, were sourced from French monasteries and abbeys, excavated from Europe between 1934 and 1939, and reconstructed on a four-acre site. The architectural and artistic works are largely from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. The museum contains approximately five thousand medieval works of art from the Mediterranean and Europe, mostly from the 12th to 15th centuries, from the Byzantine to the early renaissance periods, but also works dating from the bronze and early iron ages.

Traces of the Past

Black & White Sunday: After & Before

Paula’s Black & White Sunday invites us to post the same image both in black and white and in colour. AFTER and BEFORE -the topic and subject are entirely arbitrary. The only condition is that we post an image captured in colour and that we turn it monochrome in post processing.

I found the details in the black & white stood out more for me. I hadn’t noticed the whistle in his hand, or the stripes on her cap.

Naturally the color is more vivid, and there is a lot of color with the umbrellas, but the sky was cloudy and washed out, which lent itself to the black & white version. 

After & Before

Black & White Sunday: Playtime

For this week’s Black & Sunday, Paula says: It’s PLAYTIME! It’s a weekend after a long and tiring week and some fun is needed. Show me your toys, things you play with, some relaxing time.

I played miniature golf for the first time in my life a few years ago when we were at the NJ Shore. Most of my friends were incredulous that I had made it into my 50’s without ever having played the game. The course was set up like shore, shipwrecked ships, fish and a lighthouse. After the first few holes I got the hang of it and enjoyed playing right up to the 18th hole. Here’s my playtime.