As much as I enjoy seeing the myriad of colors and textures of my gardens, sometimes it’s fun to shoot a little black and white. The understated results can certainly alter the feel of the landscape. The hibiscus flower (above) is a bright vivid red and with blossoms the size of a dinner plate, can be seen clear across the back yard. The conversion to black and white brings out the thick leathery texture of the petals, but it mutes the overall effect. Ultimately, this black and white version isn’t quite as stunning as the original. Contrasting colors and textures make a garden interesting. I planted this hibiscus near a stone wall because the dark background makes the red stand out. Take that contrast away and it’s just a mildly interesting flower.