I realized the other day that it has been a while since I posted a black and white photo, so I thought I’d fix that.
Back in the fall, some friends and I spent the day in Caledon (a region roughly to the west of Toronto), having lunch at a cidery and wandering through the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. It was a rather dull day, and in late autumn it can be difficult to find appealing subjects – everything is dry and brown, and there is a limit to how many pictures of dried grass one can put up with.
However, I have always found Milkweed to be a congenial subject, with its purple flowers in summer (beloved of Monarch Butterflies) and its thick seed pods and huge drifts of white fluffy seeds in fall. This one has cracked open and sent its seeds into the wind, but the open pod and the bent and curled stem were so reminiscent of an Art Nouveau design that it made a lovely picture.
(Art Nouveau is the term applied to a style of art and design that flourished between 1890 and the Great War. It is characterized by flowing, organic lines, and natural forms and structures. I think it is one of the most beautiful art styles of the modern period, and I highly recommend spending some time in the galleries on the Wikipedia page on the other end of the link.)