Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portraits of a Siberian Iris)

22 May 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed

1. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed

2. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

“Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.” — Gloria Steinem

Pens:

Every flower has its own narrative and personality. But some flatter your attention with gusto, and dazzle with design, intensity, patterns, vibrancy… Their lure is undeniable; their style is majestic. Spring’s Siberian iris is such a visual jewel.

This iris is delicate and short-lived. Nonetheless, it’s dimensionality and textual grace make it both complex and simple in its depiction. How to even describe one’s reaction to such a beauty: well, sometimes the image is enough.

The visual transforms senses and thoughts. The forces of a single bloom is memorable, and groupings are sensational. These stars of the season are silent in gesture, but loudly vocal in their offerings. They make quite an impression.

In the Lens section are my portraits of one such deeply purple Siberian iris. As a perennial their presence spreads, and takes center stage in mid Spring. When they have hit their final phase, long eloquent green shoots stay for weeks as reminders. These clusters of flat leaves dance in the wind, and give solace in the continual blossoming of the season’s gifts.

Tip of the Week:

Nature is my muse, and flowers is a recurring subject for my photo shoots. The iPhone Photography School has many articles that inform about the use of Smartphones as the lens that stirs one’s enthusiasm. Click here to read “10 Tips for Stunning iPhone Flower Photography” by Rob Dunsford and posted on 21 June 2015. The photos and tips, such as shoot indoors (where my images were taken), will remind or inform you about ways to photograph gems of nature.

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/a-connoisseur-of-comfort/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-mopop-building-the-emp-museum/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/22/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-old-rose-show-sally-for-ds-mobile-photo-challenge/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-misty/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/rocks-as-energy/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-052317/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/taken/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

Posted in Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Palms and Succulents)

15 May 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed.

Palms and Succulents, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Palms and Succulents, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Stackables.

2. Palms and Succulents, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights

2. Palms and Succulents, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Black-and-white photography continues to inspire my view of the world, its obvious and not-so-obvious narratives. When color is stripped from the subject, there is a closer affinity to purity of sight. Hidden layers often are revealed and elements of capture can be more enticing.

Color is reality, but monochrome is part (among other characteristics) dreamy boldface plus suitable subject. As I watch the world before me, suddenly the possibility for the b&w appears, is made clear and then clearer. I see the real in a new dimension. The image is influenced by the mind’s interpretative abilities. The intuitive eye fills the heart’s center, recreating what is seen and what can be seen.

The photographic journey continues on an adventure that enlightens and illuminates the visual landscape. A subject can be rendered so differently in full technicolor vs. black and white.

The reduction to basic elements (sans color) makes the stilling of a moment something beyond its original intent. Does this decision by the photographer impose a significant change in the viewer’s reaction? Or is the work simply an explanation and expression of the way that the artist sees the subject?

Mostly, it’s on-the-scene visual translation. Reasons may be prompted by an internal compass of trajectory or planned event or a moment’s notice.

Does it matter? Or is the final product the only significance?

In the Lens section is an image taken in Longwood Garden’s Conservatory where there is a permanent exhibit of cacti, palms and succulents. I have more times than I can count passed this arrangement. But on that day it was instantaneous: the focus on those palms and succulents were a monochromatic dream. Of course, light was (and is) a crucial element, and it was spreading its magic for this scene.

Textures blazed, tones burst their boundaries, details emerged. It was a moment of pure storytelling about palms and succulents and their (often surprising) power to seduce.

Tip of the Week:

The Center for Fine Art Photography is sponsoring a photography show this summer. The exhibition titled “Black and White” can be seen from 07 July 19-August 2017. Since the Center is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, many of you will not have the opportunity to view the engaging art that already can be seen online.

This excerpt from their website explains the idea behind the show. “All Black & White images were eligible for submission. All genres, subjects, capture types and photographic processes both historic and modern were eligible for selection by the juror…The Juror: Ann M. Jastrab is currently the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco and an independent curator. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo during the past decade while also jurying and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has also reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival.”

Click here to peruse through the works of artists included in the exhibition. It is a group of talented photographer who offer images that made me contemplate and imagine. Hope that you take the time to view the exhibit and website.

View other entries into this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/a-delight-for-the-soul/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/15/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/mobile-photo-challenge-bnw-and-more/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/lens-and-pen-black-and-white-challenge/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-grapes/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/fun-photos-and-hanging-out-with-my-inner-child/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-coconut-tree/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-051717/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/a-not-so-obvious-narrative/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-bw/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

Posted in Black-and-White Photography, Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (White Azalea Blossom)

08 May 2017

Lens:

Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed

1. White Azalea Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. White Azalea Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed and Stackables

2. White Azalea Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. White Azalea Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

“Every Heart Matters”****

Stolen fragments bridge each step.

Stolen layers amble through briar, bramble, meadows, and flourishes.

Stolen glances create bounty, create strata of tough skin.

Stolen wishes reveal light then dark, dark then light.

 

A life is more than hope. A life is. A life does. A life never stills.

A life mirrors the entire universe. We are one and multitudes.

We are each other and yet ourselves.

We are mirrors through which survival depends and transcends.

 

Being attentive, watchful matters.

Those stolen fragments matter.

Being you matters, as everyone matters.

Every heart matters.

**** “Every Heart Matters”  2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

In the Lens section are two versions of a white azalea blossom, which expresses the flower’s inner heart, its spirit and soul. Macro allows me to get up close and personal with this one inch floret–a floret that reveals a tiny opening, which holds its inner workings. Its essence is out of focus, mysterious, and its heart’s desire spilling into view.

Tip of the Day:

Recently, the world-renown artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing, China) authored an article that speaks to one of the most important topics of our time: censorship. “Ai Weiwei: How Censorship Works” can be found here in “The Stone column” published in The New York Times (06 May 2017).

Ai Weiwei, from YouTube.com

Ai Weiwei, from YouTube.com

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/if-i-were-a-bee/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-5/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/17799/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/1243/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-2/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-051017/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Posted in Black-and-White Photography, Digital Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Crab Apple Blossom)

01 May 2017

Lens:

A Single Crab Apple Blossom (3:4 wide); Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Crab Apple Blossom (3/4″ wide); Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Macro’s minimalism can produce a profound aesthetic and spiritual visual experience. Just as the Japanese are defined by their traditional use of stone and Zen-like mastery, the simple often bridges world’s that combine form and foundation, artistry and fundamental design.

This expressive eye unfolds human creativity and nature’s abundance as well as the dimensionality of what is made to be seen and then realized, only from a modest vantage point. Suddenly what was not apparent becomes remarkably persuasive and often provokes.

Simplicity is often poetry that is a promise for insight and meaning. Macro’s ability to lend a vision to what is usually hidden allows for the expansion of what is in clear sight.

It’s not just a reminder of time and space but serious interpretative legacy. Precious is not necessarily the goal. Simplicity can reign because it opens spaces that seemed invisible, unrecognized. But also deceives us to believe there is little else to contemplate or discover or revere.

To embrace this less-is-less-and-yet-more means that the search continues for clarification. The simplest of visual composition gives a gentle quality, focusing on small gestures within the subject. Those revelations do not have to be monumental but they can be.

In the Lens section is an example of how the small can be oh so large. On a recent walk I noticed a blossoming crab apple tree, one of the early bloomer of spring in my region.

The tree was cloaked in clusters–clusters that reveal simple florets (each 3/4″ wide) that as a macro gives the gift of nature’s tantalizing possibilities. These possibilities encourage the flourish of days and nights, the expansion of the landscape, leafing out of the season’s gifts, and the unfurling of hope.

Tip of the Week:

Regardless of your camera equipment the following article is organized to help the reader better prepare to photograph flowers.  “How to Photograph Flowers” (2007), which  is a post by Darren Rowse who is editor and founder of Digital Photography School, is worth the read. Then you can view the Digital Photography School that has a wealth of information.

Other entires for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/a-drift/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/01/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/mobile-phone-challenge-nature-and-iphone-fun-facts/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/merry-may-sayy-ds-nature-challenge/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-3/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-3/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/season-change/

https://netdancer.com/2017/05/01/13236/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Posted in Digital Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portrait of Orchids)

24 April 2017

Lens:

1. Floating Orchid:Truth in Plain Flight Photmontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Floating Orchids Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Which Way to Truth

Truth is a foundation in relationships; it creates a bond that forges respect and mutual understanding. Without truth a malaise surfaces and tension grows and grows. The definition of truth is crystal clear; there is no room for interpretation.

Still, I’ve learned that within human communication what is one person’s honesty does not equal another’s. In the current world order the misuse and reduction of the word’s meaning has become one of the most blatant causes of disrespect and puzzlement about those in power in my country.

The manipulation of language by our leaders leads to constant anxiety and distrust. Apparently, accountability and the greater good are not in their vocabulary. Greed, self-interest and their own agenda is their mission. So which way to truth is a path that must be re-discovered for democracy to reign.

Without honesty the way to truth is fluid in a way that breeds fear and apprehension. Truth must be rescued and returned to its place of honor–a place that honors respect between and among all of us.

While language is always changing (especially building its fluid vocabulary), truth is precise and non-negotiable. Carbon dioxide is one carbon element plus two oxygens. I have five toes on one foot and five on the other. The sun is a star. No arguments, truth.

In the Lens section is a visual interpretation of my rant on truth. Truth may float but it always finds its bearings, because much of the time truth is in plain view. We just must see, really see its presence.

[I strongly suggest that you click onto the image to enlarge it.]

Tip of the Week:

I spend inordinate amounts of time exposing myself to the arts (literary, performing and visual). I do not limit my exposure. Although I have never been prone to documentary photography, it can be one of the most significant ways to tell the human narrative. So I encourage you to read about the American documentary photographer Eugene Richards (b. 1944).

Lens: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism” is a regular column in The New York Times. Last week’s focus was on an exhibition titled “Eugene Richards: A Life in Photography” by James Estrim and published on 20 April 2017. Click here to view the article and a slide show of 19 photographs.

Here is an excerpt: “The George Eastman Museum in Rochester will open the first museum retrospective of the work of the photographer Eugene Richards on June 10. The exhibit, ‘Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,’ covers his career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer from 1968 to the present and was produced in collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Curated by April Watson and Lisa Hostetler, the retrospective includes 146 photographs, 15 books, and selected videos.” The exhibition is a tribute to the powerful human portraits that Richards creates, and how a poignant story can be expressed through a single photograph.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/view-from-the-top/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/mobile-photo-challenge-your-choice-foodie-photos/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-on-the-waterfront/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/24/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-dahlia/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sally-ds-lens-and-pen-challenge/

https://netdancer.com/2017/04/24/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/anzac-day-an-alternate-view/

https://joeowensblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/at-play-with-the-meaning-of-things/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Posted in Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Nature Photomontage)

17 April 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Palm Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Palm Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

This composite sheds my own convention by the inclusion of a line of my poetry: humanity mourns, democracy contrasts meaning.

Sometimes my intention in characterizing nature is remiss, remiss to reveal my inner narrative. So this image represents experimentation to pose words as part of the visual narrative, and therein express its deeper meaning. And for me the combination of palm trees layered upon windows (of the world looking in, looking out) are an apt symbol.

The forces of nature are under systematic attack. This assault exhausts me, because it is senseless to be alive in 2017 and dismiss the implications of human intervention in climate change and global warming. It leaves me distraught and in a state of anger and puzzlement. But never deterred.

Angles and lines harbor tension–tension felt through the air we breathe, the path humanity walks, the earth’s cry for fulfilling our responsibility to its destiny. So I’ve  created a photomontage that shows ecological presence and a slow glacial observance of human interference that blends a slice of the natural world as representative of its entirety.

Tip of the Week:

The website bw/vision: B&W Photography with Vision has an article that lists (in the author’s opinion) the top ten photographers from history. He also adds another five, because it’s obvious that there are numerous of photography’s masters to study. “Top 10 photographers who influenced photography to become what it is today … ” by Joel Tjintjelaar is worth the perusal, even if it’s only a reminder of these giants’ contributions.

The author says, “I’ve compiled a list of famous photographers who have had a decisive influence on photography as an art form as we know it today. I’ve categorized the photographers in several genres that are considered fine art genres. If you’re a serious photographer and don’t know the photographers or their work yet, then you really should start getting to know them! The photographers are randomly ordered and the order doesn’t reflect any ranking nor does this pretend to be an extensive list.”

Click here to visit the site.

Other entries for the week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/abandon-hope/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/sally-ds-mobil-challenge-mystery-in-the-gardem/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/17/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/wordless/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-041717/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/some-thoughts-on-atmospheric-conditions-focus-and-the-illusion-of-islolation/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Posted in Black-and-White Photography, Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Hellebores)

10 April 2017

Lens:

1. Hellebores Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved


1. Hellebores Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Spring’s offerings begin with one of my most coveted florals. Hellebores stun the senses and sensibilities with an eloquent and royal character. They display a quiet gentle bouquet of manners—manners that seem to have dissipated in human nature. Their heads hang downward, as though asking for attention and even a conversation.

What is underneath that array of delicate petals? When a flowerhead is lifted, curiosity is rewarded. We can learn much from the quiet gestures of flowers, and their ability to ask for our thoughts. Each detail of its architecture requires a study, and I succumb to their design and features.

Daily I turn to nature to reassure me, to shore my spirit. And for the last few weeks a large circle of Hellebores have not only entertained and enticed, but also has given me an entry into the season that this year rose slowly to allow for true appreciation of each arrival.

The wonder of spring is that as a snowdrop or crocus or magnolia blossom appear, my mind acts as though it has never seen such delicacies. My gardens are mature and I selectively bring another companion to this area or that, so I know what spring days will bring forth.

That matters little, because the mere appearance of Mother Nature’s gentle bits of life bring such spiritual warmth that they always, always seem a new gift. But also they inspire new ways of seeing and understanding Spring’s palette of jewels.

Tip of the Week:

April is an important month to celebrate Mother Earth, and now she needs all the help that we can muster. Hope that you are able to support one or both of these efforts. Click on each event’s name to get more information.

Earth Day is 22 April. This year’s campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy Education. From their webpage: “Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.”

People’s Climate March: March for climate, jobs and justice. The event will be held in Washington, D.C. It will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Location is 3rd Street near the Capitol Building.

Excerpts from their webpage: “On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.”

If you cannot attend the march to the Capitol, you can search for sister marches that will occur at the same time around the world, and, hopefully, in your community.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/open-wide/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-ive-got-yourback/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/17613/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/04/10/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-3/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-nasturtiums/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

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If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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