B&W photo challenge, day 5

In the same parking lot as my morning Starbucks is a Costco. Usually, it’s my nose that notices Costco first.1No, their architecture isn’t much to write home about. Even Walmart makes its big boxes fit into the neighborhood. What’s up, Costco? At daybreak, they often bake something delightful. Mmm…

One morning as I was riding by, I glanced and saw four long lines of shopping carts. My first attempt to take a picture bombed, so I got on my knees and took another shot.2Originally posted on August 14, 2014, as “Awaiting the Day.

I hope you like it!

Well, that’s the end of my B&W photo challenge. I had a bunch of pictures to choose from, and that’s not even counting most of my pictures of poles.

I’d love to see some of your pictures now.

B&W photo challenge, day 4

I am, shall we say, a regular at Starbucks. I leave home a little early so I can pause on the way to work and enjoy my drink there.1Going through the Starbucks drive-through is a waste of money. (Yeah, yeah. I hear you saying Starbucks, in general, is a waste of money… (I think my footnotes need footnotes like my parentheticals need parentheticals)) Starbucks is priced for the in-store experience. As in, go inside and enjoy it on-site. So I do. When the weather is nice,2As it nearly always is in Oregon… I’ll sip my drink outside, under the umbrellas, watching everyone else scurry in and out.

Sitting outside one day,3Yup. I took this picture during a lunchtime visit. I didn’t say I only visit Starbucks in the morning. ;-) I glanced up at the umbrella pole and saw this. Too cool!4I originally posted this picture here, with just a little color. Actually, I think the color adds.

B&W photo challenge, day 3

I have a swell commute. I ride my bike, rain or shine, about four and a half miles to work. At the end of the day, I ride back home. My commute could be a mile shorter each way, but that would have me biking on a narrower, curvier road where the traffic tends to encroach on the bike lane. It also wouldn’t take me through Dawson Creek Park, a beautiful park with expansive lawns, picturesque ponds, and tall trees.

Late last year, each morning on the ride to work, I started taking pictures in the park. It was an interesting exercise in creativity, forcing me to take a publishable shot each day. Even after I broke my streak, I continued to take pictures when the conditions were right.

This is one of those pictures.1Originally posted as Misty Grove.

B&W photo challenge, day 2

Last year in late December, we headed up the Gorge to Walla Walla and Dixie for a memorial service. I stopped at Mayer State Park to take another picture where I’d taken a couple previously.

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

1 Cor. 13:12-13, The Message

B&W photo challenge, day 1

Facebook friend Steve named me earlier today in his B&W Photo Challenge. I reviewed the pictures I’ve posted here over the past couple of years and selected the photos above. I’ll choose my five pictures from among them. A few of these pictures will need desaturated to be B&W.

As Steve wondered aloud whether I’d post something “taken at altitude,” I started with “Thrust.”

Do you have a favorite?