We bought our first tray of perennials last week, tiny little starts in two inch pots. I was surprised and delighted to find them so early, but couldn’t pass up the selection and the price.
We have more cold weather ahead, and so for now, we are keeping them in their pots in a sheltered spot on the deck. They are so pretty, their beautiful leaves full of promise.
After enjoying Eliza’s post of her Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) leaf and flower, I decided to photograph our tray of new perennials for this third post in the challenge series.
Eliza invited me to participate in this challenge, and I hope you’ll enjoy her photo today of White Ash bark, the fourth in her series.
Today I would like to invite Jane, of Just Another Nature Enthusiast to join the five day Black and White Challenge. Jane shows us the beautiful Pacific Northwest through her photographs. She is a conservationist, poet, teacher, and all around interesting person. I hope you will enjoy visiting her site.
Please also visit Sarah, at anordinarymiracleday, who accepted the challenge on Sunday.
Sarah learned some important lessons about black and white photography through the first set of photos she took. Like many of us participating in the challenge, she is also a novice at black and white photography. I love Sarah’s post because not only are her photos brilliant, but she has explained what she learned from this first set of photos clearly enough that we may all benefit from her insights:
“After reading the posts of several who are participating in the challenge, I noted that most of us are unaccustomed to black and white photography. I naively thought it would be the same as regular photos – just point and shoot an interesting scene and edit it to B&W.
It’s not quite so simple. Different rules apply when you remove color – when I looked at some of my photos in B&W they were just a jumble of unidentified objects. It made me realize how much we rely on color to identify and navigate our world.
So I decided to change tactics and use the absence of color to draw the eye to other attributes of the natural world that are beautiful, but under-appreciated. When I went back outside, I focused on various textures in the plants and landscape.
This tactic worked very well, especially as I found many of my subjects were drab and devoid of color at the ragged end of winter. They wouldn’t be very interesting in color photography, but they shine in black and white. So I hope that you will enjoy spending the next five days with me seeing the world through different eyes.” – Sarah
There are only two rules for the black and white photography challenge:
- On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
- Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.
If you have not yet experimented with black and white photography, I hope you will give it a try this week. It truly does give one a new way of seeing the world through different eyes.