“Black and white” monochrome

Two of the most prominent trees in the Big Cypress Swamp are slash pine and cypress.

It’s a bit of a trick to tell them apart in the summer:

From up in the air the view is “green” as far as the eye can see.


But come winter it couldn’t be more obvious:

The cypress lose their needles and turn whitish-gray.

That sets up a startling contrast between them and the enduring green of the pines, imparting the swamps with the look and feel of a “black and white” photograph.


Why is it then that a “black and white” conversion of a similar cypress-pine mix taken in summer with a color camera comes out nothing but “gray?”

Hint: Think monochrome!

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