Category Archives: B&W Photography

Winter Transparency

“Birches and Fence”
Heatherwood Winter

Our garden birches hide our neighbors white fence during most of the year. From December through March, the white ranch-style fence peeks through the branches of the trees. I stand just enjoying the form of the white winter birches, then squint my eyes. A different abstract perspective appears. The background horizontal lines of the fence appear. The natural, slightly curving vertical lines of the birch trees contrast with the hard straight lines of the fence. I contemplate …

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Contemplation in Geology

“The Yakima Folds”
As Seen From Selah Ridge

A few days ago, we were walking along the new path of our irrigation pipeline when I stopped and gazed down through the Selah Valley into Yakima. What I saw was an excellent near ground-level perspective of the Yakima Folds. It made me stop and contemplate how the Yakima Folds were created and how they affected the way our local communities evolved.

The Yakima Folds were created 15.6 million years ago when opposing tectonic plate movement compressed the landscape, causing fold-like ridges to be created. The above image was taken from the base of Selah Ridge, north of Selah, looking down the throat of the gaps created by the Yakima River. The first set of ridges is the Yakima Ridge which separates Selah from Yakima. The second set of ridges are the Ahtamum/Rattleshake Hills Ridge which separate the city of Yakima from the lower Yakima Valley. The ridges in the far background are the Horse Heaven Hills.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

“Selah-Naches Irrigation Flume”
Heatherwood View

After 129 years of use, the last section of our historic irrigation flume is being replaced by a modern pipeline. Today, this section was demolished. It was so sad to see it come down. To pay it a little tribute, I post-processed the image to give a little historic antique look. Memories!!!

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Bird Food

Rudbeckia and Grasses”
Heatherwood Winter

Birds love our winter garden. We enjoy watching them flying in and out of the meadow and into the crabapples feeding on seeds and fruit. Several of our blue spruces act as winter homes. We have noticed more birds this year than in prior years. As Heatherwood matures, we hope that the garden will become a little sanctuary for various bird species.

We leave the garden’s spent vegetation in place during the winter, not only for a food source for birds but also for its winter interest. How dull the garden would look if all the perennials were to be neatly cut back in the fall. We will save the neat look until the spring.

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Something a Little Different

“Patio Rock Garden in Infrared”
Heatherwood Summer

I needed a little change, so I thought I would post an infrared image of our summer garden. This image is of our new rock garden planted during the spring of 2021. By early summer, the plants had taken hold and started blooming. It will take a couple of years for this area to catch up with our rock garden and meadow planting areas.

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In Search Of …

“Winter Grass”
Heatherwood Meadow

Recently I have let myself become a little trapped into a photographic rut. Most of my work has been focused on recording what I see. At times the result has been “pretty pictures” that have not portrayed my real feelings behind what I see. I am in a state of being in search of what it takes to create a compelling image that is unique and reflects my feelings behind it.

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A Winter Day

“Birches and Clouds”
Heatherwood Winter

Dark billowy clouds and fresh snow,
Filtered through stately trees,
Open a new perspective.

I don’t often view these birches from this perspective taken from the road looking southeast into our garden. It is the least cluttered view of the set of trees. Taking this image reminds me to take my time and try to view my subject (and aspects of life) from many perspectives instead of just taking a “snap shot” from a convenient spot.

This set of birches frame in our woodland garden from the north. Heatherwood has three sets of three birches. Two sets were here when I moved to Selah in 2016. They were planted 12-15 years ago. The third set of birches are babies, just planted last year. Each set establishes an anchor spot in our garden.