Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that flies from birds to airplanes


I enjoy wandering in the woods looking for birds to photograph and I love sitting in my backyard doing the same. I even like to hang out in my living room and catch them at my feeders, so you’d think a bird would be the perfect choice for Cee’s latest black and white photo challenge. On the other hand I love to fly, so a cool photo of a plane would work too, and I think I have a couple plane shots in my archives.


What I enjoy most about photo challenges is the hunt for something to represent each new challenge. If I can I like to head out with a specific idea or two, head out for a mini road trip to see what there is to see, to see if I can capture what I have in mind. Or something else equally compelling.

And I like to come up with something different. Interesting. Maybe even unexpected.

Imported Photos 03556 edited cropped black and white

For this challenge, I decided not to do a bird or a plane. Instead I chose our United States flag, flying above my local library in a blustery wind. It was flapping and folding back on itself. It was also raining so I only grabbed a couple shots. I liked this one when I saw it on the camera. I like it even better when I saw it in black and white.

Thank you Cee, for getting me out into the world on a wet, cold, blustery day. And for making me look at the world for potential black and white images.

It’s always a pleasure.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

8 thoughts on “Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that flies from birds to airplanes

  1. Great image Dawn! That is exactly how I use challenges too. Getting myself out exploring with a few ideas in my head.


  2. Flags fly. Wonderful out of the box thinking. Love it. 😀


  3. Great shot, Dawn. Funny how I can see the colors, even when the photo is in black and white!


  4. Paying attention to the flag always makes me feel so emotional. We had a pep rally this week, and one of my students was chosen to sign the national anthem. He was amazing. I closed my eyes a couple times while he was singing, thinking if I don’t look at the flag, I might be less emotional…but it had the opposite effect. His voice and the words, just filled up my soul. I quickly opened my eyes to look at the flag to try and control myself.

    Maybe that’s why we need flags, so we have something to focus on. Otherwise, we might all end up blubbering fools in front of the entire student body 🙂


  5. ***sing*** not sign the anthem. Although that would’ve been cool too.


  6. I find a B&W search always challenges me to think in a new way. I am such a “color” girl. I think there could be a message in this photo for our country, too.


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