Garden Photography Challenge – February : Monochrome 

The February garden photography challenge for February given to us by SmallBlueGreenFlowers is ‘monochrome’. 

In February I am looking for Monochrome

(black and white or tones of one colour. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.)

I’ve been wandering around for the last week trying to find something that would look interesting in black and white.  Today I visited West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, and went into one of their greenhouses to warm up.  


There laid out before me was a colourful array of gourds.  The more I looked at them, the more I realized that they looked at their best in monochrome.  When photographed in black and white you are not detracted by their colours but notice how the texture of their warty and patterned skins comes the fore.  The photos below are my contribution to this month’s challenge. 


As the challenge is ‘monochrome’ and can include photos of one tone, I am also showing a coloured photo of the really warty gourds.  It’s probably not quite within the remit of one tone but close enough – I hope! 


6 thoughts on “Garden Photography Challenge – February : Monochrome 

  1. The warty ones look really weird, not in the least appealing (to eat) and I love the coloured one, I think that is in the realms of a monotone. I might have cropped it tighter to eliminate the yellow bit and the label, but as I have said before, rules are meant to be broken and I like the way you have interpreted this. The stripy ones do indeed look like little buttons. Nice one Ronnie, and thank you for taking me to West Dean, a garden I always wanted to visit but despite driving past on many occasions I have yet to get inside. I’d love to see their chilli feast, but suspect it would be far too busy for my liking.


    1. West Dean is an interesting place to visit, especially later in the summer and the greenhouses are a must to see. I went to the chilli fest one year, it was heaving, and decided to give that and the apple fest a miss.

      Thanks for the photographic comments and advice.


  2. You’ve nailed it, the texture is the focus and it highlights it in b & w


  3. Monochrome really makes the details and shapes pop; you really nailed the challenge.


  4. Hi – I actually like the cream one best – hope it qualifies!!


  5. I particularly like the stripey ones, they look like buttons!


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