06 March 2017
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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“Every line we succeed in publishing today—no matter how uncertain the future to which we entrust it—is a victory wrenched from the powers of darkness.” ~~ Walter Benjamin (German, 1892-1940)
The political arena of my country is stealing my time, and I am working at a balance between participation in a resistance and living the life that I choose. It’s an edgy existence.
I want to regain time, but it may not happen in my own cadence. So I turn inward and outward for consolation and a speck of serenity.
Spring as metaphor is an old, old ritual. As winter recedes, renewal pushes through the air and surrenders the ashen, leaden and ghostly patina of bare trees and barely colored landscapes.
This seasonal cycling brings hearts and minds into different realms. It triggers an energy that can sometimes momentarily, at least, ameliorate the pain of society’s ills. This spring will undoubtedly serve to give comfort and even sanctuary. The world needs elements of distractions and refuge, places to retreat from the assaults on our hearts and souls. Our minds have been inundated with surround sound, namely the president and his relentless actions, assaults and barrage.
Miraculously, spring already seems to have arrived in my universe, giving those of us who desperately need its presence, its presence. Bushes leafing, buds appearing, crocuses have naturalized, daffodils budding, blossoms opening on early-blooming trees, and tulips pushing through the earth’s layer. It’s an extraordinary nod from Mother Nature at a time when our humanity is shaken.
While a hard frost is bound to pounce, I only feel the much-needed exhilaration of the emergence across the landscape. The image in the Lens section is a nod to this transformation. My photomontage aka photographic puzzle* has characteristics of winter and spring. It represents that back-and-forth dance that parades itself with early signs of rejuvenation and renewal. And if you look closely, there is a slight crack in the ice from the mallow flower (lower edge) through the ice and into the greenery, demonstrating this wavering as the season’s change.
Mirrors reflect what we see, and often what we do not allow ourselves to see. Spring has that quality, exhibiting jewels that are dormant and always, always elevating our mood and our sensibilities.
* Photographic Puzzle © copyright 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved
Tip of the Week:
Here are two online articles with suggestions and tips about landscape photography, using a Smartphone:
- “Landscape photography: tips for your smartphone,” published 29 November 2012 by Daniel K. Berman. Click here for Digital Photography Review.
2. “35 Mobile Photography tips that’ll Help You Take Much Better Smartphone,” published 2015) by DL Cade, click here for the 500px website.
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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.