Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (with Gerber Daisy)

11 July 2016


I. Taken in Camera+

1. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Polamatic

2. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.


Ode to the Unseen:


Courting adventure.                                                                                                                         Courting endurance.                                                                                                                    Conspiring as though easily fulfilled.

Craving narratives that reveal the everyday through                                                                          Wings and wishes colliding,                                                                                                                 Surrendering in plain sight.

Bearing witness to a fashionable facade.                                                                                       And offering sacrifice and deception.

Then discovering Mother Nature’s beckoning.                                                                                 Imprinting floating teardrops, amplified and rendered with floral patterns                                of transcendence.

Unveiling hidden talents of a singular daisy,                                                                          nature fulfilling the heart’s crisis.                                                                                                 Easing a gentle march toward the known.


Droplets slide over cantilevered petals.                                                                                      Slightly bold, yet deliberately demur.

Glancing into lives,                                                                                                                    Aesthetics reign, complex and simple.

Lines converge,                                                                                                                           Visualizing moods that shed pretense.

Irony of illusion and reality blend and intertwine,                                                                         A singular daisy with architectural overtones.

Designing small memories,                                                                                                             Light revises sensibilities, instigating voyeurism.

From absurdity to the daylight and nightlight,                                                                            Clarity’s luxurious eloquence dwells in truth.

Tip of the Week: This week I want to introduce you to a TED Talk. In November 2010 British architect Michael Pawlyn’s spoke about “Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture.” His talk focused on how nature’s intricate designs are models for architectural environments. In 2007 he established a firm that specializes in biomimicry, which turns to nature to solve human problems.

From the TED website here is a description: “How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.” Pawlyn explains science in a way that pulls us into nature’s teeny tiny world of structures and explains how ideas from biology can be used to create sustainable designs. One example is the model of a termite mound that was used to build the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. This project by Mike Pearce made comfortable living conditions in a tropical environment without air conditioning. To see the entire video (runs 13;46), click here.

"Using Nature's Genius in Architecture;" TED Talks, 2010

“Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture;” TED Talks, 2010

View other entries for this week’s challenge:


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, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

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58 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (with Gerber Daisy)

  1. also very beautiful ❤️

  2. phoartetry says:

    The first photo, wow, love it!

  3. badfish says:

    I think you are having way too much fun with this stuff! Both of these are great, but I like white, so I’m going with he first shot

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Absolutely wonderful!

  5. Tiny says:

    What a beautiful combination of lens and pen! Loved it.

  6. I like them both but the first one is calming and makes me think of relaxing at the spa 🙂

  7. Both are beautiful images. Still, my favourite is the first one, for its more subtle tones and colours. Didn’t know about Polamatic, need to check it out. 🙂

  8. Tina Schell says:

    Tough choice this week Sally – I think I like them equally well!

  9. I love the first one…so delicate and graceful.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    I love both of these; and the way editing transforms the purity and simplicity of one image into something altogether more noir-ish and edgy.

  11. I like them both very much-but the Polamatic image for me is filled with light, drama, and mystery.

  12. I cannot decide. The first is so beautiful and delicate and the second is sort of mysterious and magical. You would not think them from the same source.

  13. Maria F. says:

    Gerber daisies are so photogenic.

  14. Both processing treatments are fabulous. Well done, Sally. 🙂

  15. I have never heard of Polamatic app! Very cool indeed. Stay cool!

  16. Amy says:

    Both are beautiful! The lighting and composition are perfect! 🙂

  17. The first image is so soft and gentle, while the second one is very moody. I hope you get what I mean.

  18. Sally, I love that first one. It is, as Linda says, pure and clear.


  19. Definately the White one, it totally speaks to me.

  20. livvy30 says:

    The second shot is beautiful Sally!

  21. Ulli says:

    Its always not easy to say, this or that I like more, because each one has its own quality, but in this speciall case I prefer the first one, because of its magic …
    lovely greetings to you

  22. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful words and images!

  23. pattimoed says:

    Oh, that first shot is gorgeous! I can see it enlarged. Maybe on a wood surface? Or canvas? Great work, Sally.

  24. Gorgeous both! so delicately rendered!

  25. nowathome says:

    I like the first one!

  26. I must say, I really like them both in their own unique ways. I love the purity and clarity of the first one and the second one made me think of a beautiful bird’s feathers. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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