Sweet & Sour by Tula Top

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Small enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea alpina) amongst sourgrass (Oxalis oregana) · Latourell Falls Trail · Columbia River Gorge · Latourell · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 100mm f/2.8 macro · CPL
  • 100mm · f/16 · 2.5s · ISO 100 · monochrome conversion in Silver Efex Pro II
    (Best viewed large)

Disappointed by the unexpected closing of the lower half of the Latourell loop trail, I took to observing the finer details of the verdant path to the upper falls in the hopes of making my 4:30am wakeup call worth the while (jury’s still out…I love sleep!). I was hoping to find a patch of more pristine foliage for another texture study, but the emergence of a pair of enchanter’s nightshade plants amongst a wind-shielded patch of sourgrass was too good to pass up. The burgeoning competition for springtime light in the Columbia River Gorge is keen, but it’s the eyes of trail patrons that are the ultimate winners.

Physician and passionate nature photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topalmost 3 years ago

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanalmost 3 years ago

    very nice… love the subtle light gradations in this.

  • Kind thanks, Tom.

    – Tula Top

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful detail and tones, Tula!

  • Thank you, Mel…diggin’ the new avatar!

    – Tula Top

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosalmost 3 years ago

    Wow…well spotted and captured Tula!! This is gorgeous!! *-)

  • Muchas gracias, Deb!

    – Tula Top

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 3 years ago

    Those sourgrass sure do look like clovers (I know they are not the same) I found a bunch of fours leafs not too long ago ^ _ ^. It is fascinating to see this shot in BW; it really does bring out the texture.

  • Thanks so much, Mui-Ling…these plants do seem to translate well in monochrome.

    – Tula Top

  • ajgosling
    ajgoslingover 2 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you, my friend!

    – Tula Top

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    I love this, Tula!!!

  • Thanks so much, Laurie! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 2 years ago

    This is just fantastic, such great detail and texture revealed by your b & w composition! Excellent work!

  • Thank you very much, Joanne! It’s always fun to see the textures emerge in the process of converting to monochrome. :)

    – Tula Top

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    An image to remember….

  • High compliment coming from you, Viorica, considering your skill with flowers! Thanks so much. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardover 2 years ago

    Can’t believe I missed this gem. It’s beautiful!

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