Are you familiar with Springtree Road? If not, you should be. Maya is a wonderful photographer, and gifted artisan (I've never seen yarn more beautiful than her hand-spun ones, available in her Etsy shop).
For the month of November, all of the photos on her blog are in black and white. I've loved seeing the neutral world through Maya's eyes and lens this month...it's really a spectacular essay and I encourage you to visit her.
This week I've been cleaning-up -- cleaning up my house (three bags went to Sallie's Army), cleaning up my professional life (making piles at the office disappear...or trying to, while figuring out how to get more out of my day job), cleaning my to-do list (Christmas shopping -- pretty much done), and cleaning out some space on my camera...since there were apparently 511 pictures on there. Oops.
Some were black and whites from my trip to Paris last month. They are far from perfect, shot with my palm-sized point-and-shoot, but a few aren't half bad considering I'm definitely not a photographer.
A while back Maya shared some advice on her blog, which I believe was something like, "never, ever, ever, ever use the flash!" So I don't. With varying degrees of success.
Some day I'd like to take photography lessons. But I have a whole lot of cleaning to do in my life before I can make the time for that to happen.
For now I'll just enjoy everyone else's!