Black and white images still happen. But in these days of digital manipulation, the original image is often just another normal shot. Awareness of the ultimate plan for the image still matters. Choices of composition and lighting differ for black and white. Here's the black and white version of today's image. The absence of color helps emphasize the shapes, textures, and contrasts involved. It even helps me imagine what it was like in the Paleozoic swamps before the color of flowers.
The lens effect of the dew drops also catches the eye. The background image that passes through is reversed, so the sky is down, and the fen up. For some reason, my eye is more aware of this in the black and white version.