Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Sidewalk Succulent)

While out for a walk between raindrops I spotted this succulent growing in a patch of dirt beside the sidewalk. For Sally’s challenge this week I used the the Hipstamatic app (Lowy lens/BlacKeys Supergrain film combo) to take this photo.



  14 comments for “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Sidewalk Succulent)

  1. January 25, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Gorgeous image, Allan. Monochrome works so well with succulents.

    • January 26, 2016 at 6:10 AM

      Thanks, Jane. This one seems almost ‘other-worldly’ in B&W.

  2. January 19, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    What beautiful lighting on this shot. I love the luminous definition of each leaf, and the reflections off of the gathered raindrops. Lovely, Allan, and inspiration to plant more succulents! Cheers! WG

    • January 19, 2016 at 9:39 AM

      Thanks, WG. They are beginning to ‘grow’ on me as well.

  3. January 18, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Succulents are big, figuratively and sometimes literally, in Arizona as well, Allan. I’m looking forward to getting shots of some next week. In the meantime, I greatly enjoy your shot. The b&w, the light, and the angle all contribute to making a special shot.


    • January 18, 2016 at 5:58 PM

      The first time my wife traveled to Az was marked by an hour of silence. She said, “I don’t feel very welcome in tArizona.” I asked why and she said, “I’ve been looking at miles and miles of Saguaro cactus and I feel like the whole state is giving me the finger.”

      Have a fun time with your family.

  4. January 18, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Your portraits of succulents are getting more and more dramatic. this one looks as if on fire!
    Fun running between rains, right!

    • January 18, 2016 at 5:52 PM

      Thanks, Carol. I have a couple of color shots of this plant that I want to post sometime.

      BTW, the raindrops are a blessed relief and fun running.


  5. January 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Allan, the contrast and tones give the patterns a soft patina. Works well in monochrome. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • January 18, 2016 at 5:49 PM

      Thanks, Sally. This one is my favorite from last week.

  6. January 18, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    Stunning. Looks like a rose. Succulents are fascinating requiring far less maintenance than some other plants but often looking like gorgeous little sculptures. Great shot, Allan.

    • January 18, 2016 at 7:01 AM

      Hi, Brigitte. Thanks for checking in and I agree with you: the succulents are like little sculptures. This one looks like a pinecone from the side.

      Low maintenance and low water consumption are key factors in landscaping choices for us here in Northern California. Succulents are on the rise.

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