it was time to revive my old acquaintance with black and white again. the spirea in the garden made up for a very patient subject matter, and the setting sun provided me with lovely backlight. removing the color information at first seemed a bit disappointing because the impression of the complementary contrast of pink and green, reinforced by the simultaneous contrast through the backlight, has a strong quality of its own.
but as paul maxim said in his post the seduction of color, sometimes the impressive color quality can cover subtle shapes and patterns. for me those plant forms have this quality, but of course this is a subject that is present in photography since the very beginning. still for me it is a worthy topic to explore.