Black and White Challenge #3

March 21, 2015 B&W 001


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:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
  2. 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.



Heuchera, Lavender, Coreopsis, Foxglove and Salvia (clockwise from top center)


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Black and White Challenge #3

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  3. I like the way the b & w lets you really feel some of the difference in the leaves – 🙂

  4. Ooh, what a tray of delectable goodies! My idea of a candy store…lots of baby plants to choose from. Can’t wait to see those foxgloves in bloom. 🙂 Their leaves are perfect for B/W. All these photos are making me nostalgic for our youth before Kodak came out with the Color Instamatic and changed the world!

    • Yes, there was a certain intriguing mystery to those old b&w shots- you were forced to bring the details form your own imagination – like theories of ladies’ fashion from earlier decades 😉 They are nostalgic. I just watered the tray, and they appear none the worse for waiting. I felt exactly like a kid in a candy store purchasing these and wanted 3 or 5 of everything! You’re waiting for the foxgloves, I’m waiting for the Salvia! Hope you enjoy the day- WG

  5. Another lovely post! Your perrenials with their tiny leaves are so full of promise. Even though the photo is in b&w I can just imagine how they look in color! I love watching new plants emerge. Glad that you’ve found a start with more perennials and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow up this season. thanks also for sharing part of my blog – I was surprised and pleased to see it – and I’m glad that you enjoyed my first post. Many blessings to you,

    • Blessings to you, Sarah 😉 A beautiful first post. I’m glad you don’t mind me quoting the heart of it. I hope you have lots of new visitors visiting to see your photos 😉 Enjoy the day, WG

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