Black and White

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:31 AM


English Ivy, in the trees and covering the ground.


Rain on Pinto Mountain


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


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

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


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


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.

Joshua Tree Shadow


One from last spring.

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:36 AM


English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry.

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


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

Rainier Avenue S, Feb 22 2014, 9:35 AM


Back on the beat looking for Seattle’s “best” roadside weed-covered trees. (Click for big.)



Life has intruded on photography of late, so I’ve missed a couple of my usual posting days. Here’s one from a ways back that I like, from a very productive afternoon photographing the Bonneville Power Administration lines over Stampede Pass.