Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (and Spring Pansies)

06 April 2015


1. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click onto each image to enlarge.


Spring 2015 is a constant tease. She keeps tossing small gestures that are all too alluring. Winter seems to have faded and this slow dance into one of nature’s most exhilarating seasons makes each sign a step toward its reality.

But I’m exercising caution, but not too too much. Days seem to vacillate between the tail of winter and the nose of spring.

I bought tiny pots of pansies, whose edges are slightly scalloped, whose configuration sways in today’s high winds. These floral dainties are an early signal of the season ahead. They are an adaptable species, and I’m trying to mimic this quality.

Everyone is longing for warm weather and sunny days, and I believe this sidetrackes our attention. In this state of emotional distraction we just might miss small interactions: Those slight moderations gliding toward us.

In actuality there were years that brought the heat of summer before spring even had a chance to please us. So I’m settling into the soft glacial steps of this year’s change over.

Those small pots of pansies are precisely what I need. Each bloom is gently enticing with its reddish-purple to pink to deeply pink variations. While they love cool weather, once I plant them, they’ll keep producing through much of the summer. Soon I’ll buy more and these dainties will give much more than their exuberant disposition and visual appeal.

As they grow, I’ll use the petals as an edible ingredient in my daily salads. Their relatives, which will be appearing later, the viola and violet also are perfect additions to seasonal greens.

These gems are one of numerous beginnings of Mother Nature’s rejuvenation and revitalization of the landscape. And I’m ready to participate as a gardener and a voyeur.

Tip of the Week: A few months ago I subscribed to the iPhone Photography School’s e-mail tips, which are created by iPhoneographer Emil Pakarklis. They come weekly and give short and to the point suggestions about iPhoneography. Mostly, the tips are applicable to anyone using a Smartphone as their lens, or photography in general. Check the Website (here) of the school, which offers tutorials, interviews, contests, and news & updates. You can scroll down the Homepage and on the right side, you can sign up for the e-mail tips. Here is an example of a tip (click here) that was posted by Kristen Radden who shared ten iPhone photography habits that always keep her challenged to shoot more: ideas that may be new to you or reminders.

View other entries about 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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79 Responses to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (and Spring Pansies)

  1. Madhu says:

    Hard to pick this time Sally. They are all lovely. I think no.3 might hold an edge for me. Thanks for the link to the Iphonography website.

  2. ~meredith says:

    The colors are fabulous, Sally. My favorite is 1, 2, and 3. I love the waves and form in all of them. They’re gorgeous. 🙂

  3. These are just lovely Sally-I am drawn particularly to the top one-I love the contrasts with color and the dark background-I sometimes wish spring down here was more of a slow dance–it seems to move through at a fast march-

  4. Pansies are such pretty little flowers. I love the third image. It’s a lovely combination of the first two. 🙂

  5. Beautiful images with gorgeous colours. My favourite is the last one. For me it’s like a landscape with mountains behind mountains.

  6. Y.p. says:

    Hi Sally! Enjoyed your writing again… And actually this week I meandered here from “a world is a book,” and Amy highlighted your skillful words talking about the long awaited and much appreciated spring weather this year…. Also – your photos, third one is fav (backlight!)…

  7. Addendum: I never like to choose just one. But I must say that the first one is the most dramatic, the way you’ve framed it and used the solid black against the vivid pink with light resplendent as it beams through.

  8. Lovely turn of phrase—slow dance towards spring—here in Austin, spring will be gone when we blink next. Wildflowers galore right now, after a wet winter. Your flowers have such great color! Your challenge dovetailed with my April 8 post coincidentally. Here’s more Mother Nature by iPhone:

    What I Like About Photography –

  9. lumar1298 says:

    Love all three. It is always hard for me to chose one. I’m a bit late, but here it my entry:

  10. Beautiful delicate blooms of Spring. Captures that much-anticipated excitement and joy that this season brings. For Spring Break we spent it with family in San Diego. They brought us to Extraordinary Desserts where petal blooms are part of the edible decor. The orchid did taste like a salad veggie. My son was so eager to taste one. Blessings of Spring to you and your family.

  11. Nato says:

    Tough choices as usual! I think I prefer the first because of the contrast against the black. I will have to check out your tip for the iPhone school. Who knew such a thing was out there?!

    I am a little behind, but here is my contribution for the week:

  12. Su Leslie says:

    These are all lovely Sally; so delicate. I particularly like the first, especially the play of light against the edge of the flower. Here’s my take on the theme:

  13. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely pansies Sally – like the 3rd best.

  14. lumar1298 says:

    I like them all… Each is unique in its own way…

  15. Amy says:

    Love your beautiful pansies, Sally. Thank you for the tips. Here is my entry:

  16. LavendarLadi says:

    I adore pansies. Today the contrast between the colour and black background is calling to me.
    I’m a wee bit late this week and sometimes my links don’t work so.. here’s my bit of nature

  17. Gallivanta says:

    I love the versatility of pansies. Great tips from Kirsten Radden.

  18. Jane Lurie says:

    Perfect spring images. The composition of the second caught my eye. All pleasing, Sally.

  19. Angeline M says:

    Happy phoneography Monday, Sally. The pansies are lovely. It’s a close call for me between the second and third photos, but I think my favorite is the last one with that hint of yellow in the middle peaking out like the sun coming up. Thank you so much for the link to the iPhone Photography School, that will be invaluable!

  20. I like the first one the best. Something about the color taking over the black. It almost seems alive.

  21. Very beautiful photos, Sally. And thanks for the heads up on iphoneography.
    Have a lovely week.

  22. Beautiful! I love the color and especially love the first one highlighted by the black background. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  23. I just love the first and third photo with the layers of the petals.

  24. restlessjo says:

    Hard choice between 2 and 3, Sally! Velvety perfection and more like a painting than a photograph. 2 says pansy most clearly to me, and I love them.
    Thank you for the links. I haven’t made much progress with my phone and can use a little help. 🙂

  25. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful work, a lot of great detail, with translucency included.

  26. elisa ruland says:

    Nice showcase of what I consider the friendliest flower. Also great iphone tips…I’m ready to ditch the big camera and stick with the mobile.

  27. Helen C says:

    Hello, Sally. I like the first and the third. They give me a feeling of movement… (maybe like slow dance?)

  28. Archita says:

    Beautiful photographs, Sally. 🙂

  29. Mary Slow says:

    I love pansies and all three photos. I especially love the unconventional shots of the details, as opposed to the whole flower.

  30. First & third are my favourites. I like the sharp edges. 🙂

  31. You may have convinced me that pansies aren’t pansies. I like image 2 there is so much to project on it.
    Check out the school too. Should be useful…
    Happy Monday Challenge

  32. It’s a tie between the second and third. The centre of the flower in the second photo grabbed me. It’s like a little heart. I love the fan-like petals and different shades of pink in the third.

  33. Color, color, and more glorious spring color! I love it, Sally, I love all three of these spring photos. I’m back to walking in the park now, but of course there’s no color out yet, although there’s beginning to be an undercoating of welcome green. It just wonderful to be out and walking there again, though, and I’m looking forward to spying the first colors as they arrive.

    On a more positive note, the first daffodil had opened this morning when I got back home and others are ready to pop open at any moment. I also have a pot full of yellow tulips on the hearth, bringing the sunshine indoors. Life is good!


  34. Beautiful Sally. I love the translucence of the 3rd image.

  35. pattimoed says:

    Hi Sally. Good morning! You put it so well–the “slow dance” towards spring. Your shots are lovely and the tip about the iPhone Photography School is great. Thanks!–Patti

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