This was taken yesterday at Fern Cove Nature Preserve on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. A typical forest for the shores of the Puget Sound: mostly the brighter green trees are alder with a few big leaf maples. The evergreens are a mix of Douglas fir, hemlock and western red cedar.
These trees help to keep us cool. One of the factors heating up our area is cutting down the forest and replacing it with grass and pavement. When I was a child (a long time ago) we never saw temps in the 90s (degrees Fahrenheit), let alone days over 100.
This time of year the wood look soft with the moss and ferns providing a touch of bright green on a drippy gray day. Moss’s texture catches and reflects light, in almost the same way that glitter does. It appears brighter than anything should almost sunlit at times, even though the sun was AWOL.
Every year the winter rains and high tides reform the tide flats near Shinglemill creek. Today was a low enough tide to walk the beach, without rain, but the creek is still full and running fast and deep. My little dogs were intimidated and couldn’t get across, but they kept trying.
I don’t shoot in black and white, but I took these photos on a walk yesterday planning to process them in Black and White for Hey Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #47: photograph nature in Black and White and experiment with high and low key effects.