Nature in Black and White

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: This black and white challenge is topic related and this week the theme is Found in Nature.

One of the most amazing places that I have been to is Yosemite Valley. The incomparable scenery, soaring cliffs, spectacular views and cascading waterfalls moved me so much that I wrote this piece about my feelings.

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Valley View. 

Here are a few photos from that natural wonder. I hope they make as much an impression on you as they did on me.

River Merced in the Snow
River Merced in the Snow
Mount Watkins Reflection at Mirror Lake
Mount Watkins Reflection at Mirror Lake
The Swinging Bridge in Snow
The Swinging Bridge in Snow

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

21 thoughts on “Nature in Black and White”

  1. I first saw pictures of Yosemite in B+W, as photographed by the famous Ansel Adams. It somehow seems right, to see it again in this way.
    Well done Jude, great interpretation of the theme.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. The photos of Yosemite by Ansel Adams are what I knew too. Somehow the scenes translate well into B&W and I did get some ideas from the exhibition they have in the Ansel Adams Gallery. I only wish I had some of his talent!

    1. Thank you Karen. I shall have to post some in colour some time to compare. I think we are used to the Ansel Adams photos of this region which is why B&W seems suitable. Plus there is a whole lot of texture going on!

  2. I clicked through and read why this place holds such a place in your heart – wonderful pictures – all the more powerful in black and white.

    1. Thanks Jenny, nice of you to have a gander at the other piece. It certainly did have a huge affect on me.I just loved the space and peace. When it snowed on our last day that was just the icing on the cake 🙂

  3. Gorgeous in black and white. Yosemite is one of my most favourite places ever. We visited several times, usually in April when there was still a good deal of snow melt but the skies would be as blue as they can be. Absolutely stunning. Thanks Jude for this spectacular reminder 🙂 xx

    1. It must be wonderful in the spring and summer months when all the wild flowers are around and you can get up to the top of those cliffs. We had good weather too for a couple of days and then snow fell overnight so we awoke to a completely different environment. We rushed around to take some photos before catching the bus back to Merced and the train to SF. Glad you like the photos Sherri.

      1. Yes, spring is the most beautiful as the waterfalls are still in full flow from all the snow melt. By summer they have dried up significantly and it can also get surprisingly hot and also very crowded so we never went in the summer. The wild flowers are spectacular. I can imagine you waking up to very different surroundings. Yosemite can change in a heartbeat. You did so well to get these fab photos, they really are beautiful 🙂

    2. I’d love to see it in springtime when the waterfalls are full. Must make a plan, but Yellowstone and the Atlantic Provinces in Canada have to come first! So much still to see and so little time left…

    1. it was a magic moment – we only had an hour to get out there and take some photos as we were catching the bus back to Merced. But I knew where I wanted to take a photo in the snow – couldn’t see the cliffs anyway as it was still snowing 🙂

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