Perhaps learning black and white photography is like a painter working with charcoal or black/gray pencil and studying forms and shapes. Forces one to focus more on texture and the basics, finding the center of interest, the place where the eye will go first, then one can add color later. Or vice verse.
Wheel captured in Queen Ranch, Joshua Tree National Park.
Thunderhead over Joshua Tree National Park
Panorama near Hemingway pullout inside Joshua Tree National Park