Don’t tell me winter is colorless.
Central Washington does not turn its setting to grayscale just because the leaves quit falling.
I don’t usually spend much time on scenic photography, but I got a little antsy during a vacation the week of New Year’s so I bundled up to see what I could find.
Once I looked closely, I was surprised at the red of tree branches, the blue of snow-covered hills and the green of a lone apple still dangling in an orchard like a Christmas ornament someone forgot to put away.
My nephew Samuel Carrigan, 16, of Spokane, helped me capture these images of the color of winter. Hope you like them.
The red branches of shrubs veil a snow-covered bird’s nest Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, along the banks of the Yakima River between Prosser and Benton City. (Photo by Ross Courtney)
Green sage contrast with red shrubs Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, along the banks of the Yakima River between Benton City and Prosser. (Photo by Ross Courtney)
A mixture of fading sun and overhead lights cast an eerie green hue on ice crystals clinging Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, to the cement walls of a Prosser car wash. I’ve been known to end up with funny colors due to incorrect iPhone settings but not this time. I double checked. (Photo by Ross Courtney)
Golden sun rays shoot over and across a ridge as dusk falls Jan. 2, 2015, behind the mouth of the icy Methow River in Pateros. (Photo by Ross Courtney)
A lone green apple and a smattering of brown leaves cling to a dormant tree Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, along the shores of Lake Chelan. (Photo by Samuel Carrigan)
Blue and gray fight for control of the afternoon skies Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, over Lake Chelan. (Photo by Samuel Carrigan)