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Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:31 AM

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English Ivy, in the trees and covering the ground.

Black Rock Desert Wilderness

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Looking west across the northern end of the Black Rock Desert, Pinto Mountain the slightly darker shape on the left. All that flat, empty space is the Black Rock Desert Wilderness. I read that there’s a small, very occasional river down the middle of it that can be kayaked if you’re lucky enough to have water. You end up on the bare playa to the south and have to carry your boat out. I’m standing at the base of the Jackson Creek Mountains, also a designated wilderness area, which are much craggier and more impressive looking than anything you can see in this photo. We saw no one else in the couple of days we were here despite being camped right next to the (gravel) road. Maybe the cold wind kept people away.

Rain on Pinto Mountain

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Back from a camping trip in the northeastern part of the Black Rock Desert, which is in northwest Nevada. Burning Man is held in the southern part of the Black Rock Desert, which is more barren and a long way away from where we were. I used to wonder how people got photographs like this. Now I know: you just have to be there when it’s doing stuff like this. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

Not Our Leaves

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Not one of those many leaves belongs to the trees they cover. (English Ivy on native black cottonwoods in a greenbelt in southwest Seattle.)

At the Gate

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How about a little color for a change? I was thinking black and white when I shot this, but I like it better this way. (By the Glacier Northwest cement company in southwest Seattle.)

Lakeview Blvd E, Mar 08 2014, 10:30 AM

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I’m taking a risk here by including the trash can. I find that having almost anything in these photos besides the plants and the little bit of road, and perhaps some wires, causes the plants immediately to recede into the background and be ignored. We’re so used to seeing a screen of foliage behind the things that we’re typically looking at that it’s hard to make the plants the center of interest. Here I’ve done a lot of selective darkening and lightening to draw the eye toward the middle.

Lakeview Blvd E, Mar 08 2014, 10:01 AM

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Below St Mark’s Cathedral on the west side of Capitol Hill — some very tony real estate. Mostly English Ivy with some Old Man’s Beard.

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:36 AM

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English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.

Rainier Avenue S, Feb 22 2014, 11:33 AM

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Mostly Old Man’s Beard, also known as Wild Clematis.

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