Black and white photo of a single magnolia flower
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Gallery: spring sunshine, but in monochrome?

It may seem contradictory, as we pass from winter to spring, to try to present that colourful season in black and white. Flowers are appearing, in shades of pink, yellow and more. Green leaves are sprouting on trees and bushes. Nature is coming to life in glorious technicolour!

But look more closely at our images of this season and we can see beyond the colours to the beautiful shapes and patterns of spring. So while it may seem odd to celebrate the coming of colourful spring in monochrome, by removing the colour our eyes are directed to focus instead on those aspects.

For Terri’s Sunday Stills challenge of ‘daylight in black and white’ this week I’ve trawled back through the past few years’ photos taken around this time of year and experimented with some black and white versions of spring flowers. And I make no apology for the large number of magnolia flowers; they are my favourites and they look great in monochrome!

As always, the edits were done using Silver Efex Pro. I hope you like them!

Black and white photo of a spray of blossom

Blossom, March 2021


White flower against a black background

Magnolia, March 2019


Black and white photo of a single magnolia flower

Magnolia, March 2021


Black and white photo of a single magnolia flower

Magnolia, March 2014


Black and white photo of a branch with blossom

Cherry blossom, March 2014


Black and white photo of a row of tulips with water behind

Tulips by the Thames, April 2019


White tulip against a black background

Single tulip, April 2020


Three narcissi

Narcissi, April 2018


Black and white photo of a small flower

Buttercup, April 2021


Close up of flower petals in black and white

Wisteria, April 2019


Spray of flowers against a brick wall

Wisteria, May 2015


Black and white photo of a dandelion seed head

Dandelion clock, May 2020

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