Altered Reality

Pink in Black and White - Voyageurs National Park, MN
Canon 5D mark II + Canon 100 f2.8 USM macro
This showy lady's-slipper, Crypripedium reginae, is the Minnesota's state flower. Residents of northland bogs, the bloom is as ephemeral as summer. Soft shades of pink haphazardly caress the pitcher while bright white petals are billboards to potential pollinators. Lost is the color in my monochromatic interpretation, an altered state that I seem to prefer on this raw November evening. Here, the emphasis is on form, tone and shadow rather than the vibrant character the orchid typically exhibits.

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