Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (Gerber Daisy and the New Year)

05 January 2015


Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

I welcome comments about my photograph.


The first day of the New Year will be remembered for our family exuberance echoing from the walls of my dining room, and then the silence of quiet rooms and empty hallways with lingering memories. Each giving me a wealth of savory moments–moments that are in contrast yet bestow nourishment.

The second day of the New Year will be noted for my personal attention to the reverberations of nature: the water flowing with intention in the creek bed, birds skirting in the trees with melodies following their pathway, an almost indistinguishable breeze waving slowly across my face, the Earth swaying but not felt. I was gloriously content. I could sense this day’s meaning and cherish its early accomplishments.

Regardless of the character of a day’s agenda or its flow, I always defer to Mother Nature: that’s my instinct and has been for as long as my adult self emerged. She orients and reorients my inner compass, setting the here and now, working not to go too far astray, and yet letting life happen as it will. Nature is omniscient.

In the Lens section is a single Gerber daisy, which symbolizes the trajectory of my personal philosophy. In the flower’s design and composure are remnants of the past, present and future of the Earth’s magical abundance–an abundance that seems to be redefining itself with staggering help from humanity.

I gave the graceful Gerber a patina that represents: changes in the landscape, reductions in the glaciers, shifts in population of species, extremes of weather, depletion of the ozone, alterations of the coastlines, stresses on food production, loss of biodiversity…The floral sweetness of the Gerber is a vantage point for nature as a spiritual guide–a guide that always has something profound to offer. We must listen to her.

The layer of our planet’s ills seem to overwhelm the comparison of one flower’s innocence and purity, but the Gerber was discovered in the 1880s and has survived more than my juxtaposition. French essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne says it with brevity: “Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” It’s a simple and straightforward declaration of Mother Nature’s overarching presence, one that the Gerber daisy understands: one that the human animal needs to heed.

Tip of the Week: Meg of “Move the Chair” (click here) invited photographers to participate in a 12 x 12 project. This event had 12 photographers, who also are bloggers, taking 12 photographs on 12 December 2014. Each of us had the freedom to curate our own portion of Meg’s online mobile photography exhibition. The Gerber daisy in the Lens section is one of the 12 floral images that I submitted for the project. Please visit Meg’s site and savor each individual’s contribution.



View other entries for this week’s challenge:


As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo 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, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

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72 Responses to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (Gerber Daisy and the New Year)

  1. A lovely post, Sally. The Gerber Daisy looks so vibrant in colour, but rather shy, turning away from the camera lens. 🙂

  2. Happy New Year Sally. Looks like you had a wonderful time with family during the holidays. I am truly happy for you. I spent my New year at a relatives house then a friends house just after the New Year’s countdown. My son had a lot of fun playing with the other kids. It was perfect ending for 2014 and a festive way to begin 2015. Nature is truly a living inspiration. Just like the radiant daisy, nature gives us warmth and inner glow even during the height of Winter’s cold. Wishing you and your family the happiest of blessings for 2015.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    I saw an interesting painterly style photo – then I read your interpretation. Fascinating Sally.

  4. Sally, beautiful words frame a stunning photograph. Gerbera Daisies have always been a favorite of mine!

  5. elisa ruland says:

    I’m a fool for orange, Sally, so your photo made me sit up and take notice. It’s simply lovely, delicate but strong and eye-catching, all wrapped into one pretty package.

  6. Oh!! I love this!!! The texture is wonderful!! Art and photography meld poetic.

  7. Beautiful photography 🙂

  8. Maria F. says:

    Simply beautiful. There is something about orange that I still have not explored (at least with flowers), and you have encouraged me.

  9. This is the most beautiful photograph I’ve seen all day, and I’ve seen a few today. How painterly. How lovely. A series like this would be gallery-worthy. What a great start to your new year!

  10. Suzanne says:

    I love your delicate image here – Here’s my contribution to the challenge

  11. Su Leslie says:

    This is a gorgeous image; almost more like a painting. The colours really “pop.” Here’s my contribution: Cheers, Su.

  12. restlessjo says:

    Like Amy, I thought this had the quality of a painting, Sally. The colours are hazy in a plant that is normally so vibrant. I like it very much and am curious to see the other offerings. 🙂

  13. Margaret Miller says:

    Beautiful photo Sally and I love the patina over it. Gerberas remind my of my grandmother, she grew them every year, gay and happy they always make me smile.

  14. thirdeyemom says:

    Amazing photo and words Sally. I love how you use your photography to discuss your deep concern for our precious planet.

  15. When you talk about Gerber I can’t help remembering something from childhood—and you probably do too—Gerber’s baby food, whose motto was: “Babies are our business … our only business.”

  16. pattisj says:

    I love this shot!

  17. One of my favorite flower photos ever! So glad you shared this and your lovely reflections with us.

  18. Simply beautiful, Sally. One of my all time favorites here, I love it!

  19. This was one of my favorite images from the Take 12 project-for one thing, I love Gerber daisies, but there is something about this image that is almost caressing in tone. It really asks the viewer to stop and look closely at this magnificent flower, its structure, its color, its shape-it is so pleasing to the eye-beautifully done!

  20. cindy knoke says:

    Fabulous perspective!

  21. Nato says:

    I agree with the other comments. I can totally see your picture being sold on a canvas at a store! Stunning shot and elegant editing. Here is my submission for this week:

  22. coolquilting says:

    This is such a beautiful photo. I love the texture, the composition, the colours….

  23. Your editing of the Gerber Daisy is a digital painting! quite lovely Sally ❤

  24. Amy says:

    This is a master piece of phonography, Sally! I almost want to call it painting! So beautifully done. I should have mine ready for you tomorrow.

  25. Angeline M says:

    Gorgeous photo, Sally; it is really one that should be framed! Thanks for making me aware of Meg’s Move The Chair blog, she has some beautiful work there.
    It’s good to be back to the blogging world again

  26. Sally, I think this is one of your most beautiful photos. The perspective, color, and editing are wonderful. I enjoyed reading about your love of nature, which I share. I’m thrilled that we finally have some snow, although not so thrilled with the near-zero and sub-zero temperatures that have hitchhiked in with it. May your week be filled with beauty.


  27. DG MARYOGA says:

    Superb macro, beautiful colouration and details ! Happy Monday 🙂

  28. What an absolutely gorgeous photo, Sally. That’s one for the wall! And you’ve penned some lovely reflections. Here’s my contribution:

  29. I want to participate in the competition , how do i go about it …

    • Here is the URL to read the instructions: Also read the information at the bottom of my post. It tells you the theme for each week’s challenge, Since it’s a mobile photography challenge, Smartphones, iPads and iPods are to be used. You do your post, leave a comment on my Monday post, and link your post to mine (read one of the other entries on this post or past ones). Then I list your post on mine. I always welcome new participants. The challenge is fun and has its own photo community, which is part of the joy of doing it–meeting others and seeing their work. Hope that helps.

  30. Sally, thanks for this very beautiful post. The words about nature gave me much inspiration to start a new week – which already is filled with bad news from everywhere in the world – reminding me that mother nature has its way and always survives, despite our actions; teaching us to be patient, if we are to be resilient. Thanks.

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