We’re in Petaluma, California right now and It’s spring out here and the cherry trees are in bloom. Here’s an example.
Black and white photographs of the right things can be SO damn powerful. This tree is an example. In color its shape was certainly arresting but, the green grass in front of it and the blue sky behind tended to diminish its absolutely lovely form. Removing those distractions just made the whole thing pop!
Muir Woods to be exact. A lovely national park just north of San Francisco. The light among these giant redwoods varied constantly from harsh direct sun to a gloomy darkness, making the extreme contrast hard to handle. This couple in front of me just got kissed by the sun in a way that created a silhouetted look that I liked.
For me, this small muddy creek and a weathered rotting railing team up to make a mental barrier to the beauty that lays beyond.
A mist hovers lightly on the hills in the distance as we walk the 2 mile route around Shollenberger Park. We didn’t see too many birds today as we had started out rather late but, no matter, the hills’ soft muted colors made a beautiful backdrop to our stroll.
Not much to say about this except I like the juxtaposition of the ages and color tones and putting the two images together messes with my mind.
I pine for simplicity!! Simple cameras taking pictures of simple subjects often create the most impact.