Fort Columbia State Park is one of the most intact historic coastal defense sites in the US. Constructed between 1896 and 1903, renovated during WWII and decommissioned in 1947, it is now a day-use park on Chinook Point in Washington State, near the mouth of the Columbia River.
This particular shot is stunning in black and white with the tall evergreens silhouetted against a dramatic cloud formation in the sky. The flag is flying straight out in a brisk wind, and shadows create stark contrasting tones.
Though I usually prefer my plants to be “in full color,” this composition struck me as quite nice in black and white. The textures of the Hosta and ferns are distinct and the contrast of light through the dark wood fence and a sweep of brush above add to a sense of whimsy.
A fourth of July gathering with lots of red white and blue, plenty of good food, jolly company and this intimate discussion between my niece and a family friend. Presenting it in black and white adds to the emotional impact already present in their expressions.
After winter storms, Long Beach in Washington State is littered with wonderful drift wood snags. I like to use them as a frame for a shot towards the ocean. Long shadows project onto the sand and the textures of barnacles on the uprooted wood tell its story.
My beagle Jello, loves to settle into cool quiet corners of the garden when I’m out reading or writing by the pond. In this shot the textures of plants contrast with her smooth face, and though her body is hidden in shadow, light streams above her.
Wishing everyone safe travels. Please be kind and stay safe.🐾