A World of Black and White

I had grand aspirations of doing lots of photography this weekend.  I was going to read a lot and get out more than once.  It’s now Monday.  4:30 pm.  And…well…best laid plans.

It was a really good weekend, but a busy one.  On Friday night the husband and I went out for a wonderful pre-Valentine’s dinner.  I do love that man of mine.  And sitting across the table at a restaurant sharing a meal and laughter and loving looks…sigh.  He’s such a sweetheart.

Saturday we worked on a DIY framing project and I cooked an in-house Valentine’s dinner. Yesterday a girlfriend and I headed to Seattle for the Love ’em or Leave ’em 5k at Greenlake followed by an amazing brunch at Wild Mountain Cafe.  Like, seriously amazing brunch.  When I got back into town the husband and I met up at a local furniture store and ordered a chair and ottoman for the study that we’re putting together (that will include the DIY framed map).  Can I just say that furniture is ridiculously expensive?  Furniture is ridiculously expensive.

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A World of Black and White, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.com

This morning I went to the gym and the grocery store and cleaned the house.  Then I went to HomeGoods to look for pillows and window coverings for the study.  I struck out on those items, but picked up some very cute Easter decor.  On my way home I stopped at the grounds of a local college to take some photos.  For the first time this entire weekend. And, the reading?  Didn’t happen.  Actually, I’ve been stalled on page 255 of my photography manual for a couple of weeks.  Mostly because a couple of novels that I had reserved through the library came in, so I’ve been reading them.  There is only so much time in the day.

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A World of Black and White, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.com

Anyways, the college.  I did a 5k there around Christmas and spotted a number of retaining ponds surrounded by grasses and shrubs.  I told myself that I needed to go back sometime and take photos.  Well…since December they have erected attractive orange fences around every single pond.  Attractive.  And impossible to photograph around.  See for yourself:

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I mean, really, what’s a girl supposed to do with that?  So, I moved on.

Photography is an all-consuming thing for me.  Time passes in an instant.  It’s like diving into deep water.  Sounds become muffled, the world closes around me until I break the surface, gasping for air.  I’m usually down for an hour at a time.  Today, it was the wind and a smattering of rain that brought me around.  I wasn’t hugely thrilled with the work I did, and considered stopping at a waterfront park on the way home, but it was already 3:30 and I knew that I wouldn’t get home before 5 if I stopped.  That deep dive thing.

A World of Black and White, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.com

A World of Black and White, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.com

Probably my favorite thing about today’s excursion was an old rock wall surrounding a graveyard on the college grounds.  Moss-covered and rugged, it’s a thing of beauty.

I don’t tend to do a lot of black and white photography.  In fact, these are the first black and whites that I’ve posted.  I tend to like the richness of color.  That being said, I’ve admired some stunning black and white photography, so why not give it a whirl?  I’m posting both the black and white and color versions.  I invite you to tell me which you prefer.  I’m torn.  The stone seems to lend itself well to black and white.  But, moss…so green, so luxurious.

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A World of Black and White, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.com

7 thoughts on “A World of Black and White

  1. I’m with you, the moss needs to be green; the b/w ones look like snow. Very different! The cemetery, on the other hand, striking in b/w. Oh my goodness, you would love “my” historic cemetery in Raleigh. I have some amazing photos taken there. I ran across one today. Almost cried. I miss it.

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    1. Well, the last thing I want is snow. 🙂 So many beautiful historic cemeteries across the land…you should post some from “yours”. Tears are okay…sometimes there’s nothing better than a good cry…followed by a large glass of wine.

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  2. you’re right in feeling conflicted..both the color and the black and white are great. The black and white seems to highlight the wonderful textures, while the color highlights the gorgeous green. Great choice of subject!!

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