Winter Color

Winter can be a difficult season to photograph, especially in landscapes already dominated by muted colors. So on a recent trip to the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington, in the heart of sagebrush country, I expected to come home with a memory card full of images of landscapes bathed in late winter light, playing with contrast rather than color. To my surprise, the images from the trip that kept drawing my eye as I edited were full of color. In Cowiche Canyon, just west of Yakima, deep red dogwood and white aspen stood out against brilliant blue skies. Greying sage provided a perfect backdrop to highlight reddish orange sumac berries lingering on after the autumn. The lesson learned from this experience in Yakima? Always keep an eye out for unexpected color.