Black and White Photo Challenge #4

March 23, 2015 b&w 030


We celebrated the sunny afternoon with a drive to favorite spots along the Colonial Parkway.  I wanted to see these familiar scenes through my “black and white” lens.  Winter and early spring make for a good time to use black and white photos to explore texture and form.

Already spare, there is intriguing geometry in the landscape to see, undistracted by color.


March 23, 2015 b&w 008~

The wind blew in chill off of the river, and the temperatures dropped through the 40s as we drove.  The large nests along the way, empty these many months, have sitting eagles once again. I’ll share a photo or two of the Osprey mothers sitting their nests tomorrow.

The tide was very high today and moving strongly. We enjoyed the interesting textures created by wind on the water.


March 23, 2015 b&w 014


So much to see, so many interesting photographs to capture!

Yesterday, I invited Jane at Just Another Nature Enthusiast to join the challenge.  Somehow I missed her Black and White Photo Challenge posts back in February!  Please enjoy the gorgeous photos in her posts:

Day 1 Keeping an Eye Out, Day 2 Web At Wetland’s Edge, Day 3 Just Ducky, Day 4 Hoover Dam, Day 5 Saguaro Cactus.

Robin, over at Breezes at Dawn, has joined us with her first image.  I just love how Robin can photograph a bit of driftwood and transform it into a piece of artwork you would love to frame and hang  in your home.  Robin lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she takes stunning images of the beautiful wild landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding marshes.

Today I have invited Creekrose to join the challenge.  Creekrose lives with her beautiful family on a small farm in far western Virginia.  Mother, midwife, artist, storyteller, poet, and chef, she continues to delight those who know and love her with her joyful spirit and deep insight into life.

I hope you will visit her site, shared with her own eldest daughter, as she posts her black and white images over the next five days.

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, you may be surprised at the beautiful images you take.  I believe that I will continue to explore photos in black and white, even beyond this photo challenge.

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

17 responses to “Black and White Photo Challenge #4

  1. Pingback: skunk cabbage::black and white # 4 | What was it??

  2. Ooh, I like, very eerie. A great choice for b&w.

  3. I appreciate your challenge. I haven’t tried b&w photography since that was all I could do. You have challenged me to think seriously about it and try to learn. Thanks.

  4. When we drive into the countryside in winter and early spring, the landscape seems pretty monochromatic. It doesn’t seem like it would be so much of a leap to black and white, but the added drama is unmistakable.

  5. Lovely tree images, so serene and restful! Glad you are enjoying the challenge, it has been fun to explore BW. I’m more apt to use it in the future because of it.

  6. I love the way you can really see the “bones” of the trees in your images. Thank you so much for the pingback and the lovely words. 🙂

    • Yes, and they look like skeletons here, don’t they? That is exactly what drew me to those particular shots from the 30 or so we took yesterday. The lovely words were only the truth ❤ I hope today is warmer for us both. The morning sunshine looks promising 😉

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