Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and the Illusion of Double Orchids)

13 March 2017


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Cymbidium Orchids Photomontage Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Cymbidium Orchids Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 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.


“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.” ~~ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and President of Liberia

Light and shadows breathe a fresh approach across the morning chill, bringing warmth to midday. A sense of birth sweeps into my spirits, placating those stressful thoughts creeping around the corner and waiting to land.

The immersion into the visual, especially nature’s bounty, has profound restorative inner value. Every image is an opportunity to reinvent what I see, and reinvent pieces of me.

Since our memories are more subjective than objective, they tend to be influenced by distance and time–distance and time can bring soft and hard details to the surface. Some bits and pieces never reappear as they happened. And these nuances are supplanted by the ones that we project are more true to reality.

A photograph can be reimagined into a new vision or similar to its original capture, which is why I am steeped in experimentation with the concept of a photographic puzzle* or photomontage. The image in the Lens section is my impression of a double orchid, at least the illusion. It’s meant to emphasize that nature has a multi-faceted character–character that slips in and out of our conscious visual universe, and rests in the subconscious where it floats with various  levels of appreciation, explanation, and meaning.

* Photographic Puzzle © copyright 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Tip of the Week:

In the Pens section I mention, “The immersion into the visual, especially nature’s bounty, has profound restorative inner value.” My words are from deep inside, and when I find a book that reflects my sense of nature’s powers to heal and soothe our psyches, I want to recommend it. Recently, I read a review by Jason Mark, who is the editor in chief of the Sierra magazine, about Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Her ideas are not new, but reinforce the notion that time spent in nature does make us feel better. She also discusses that there is more and more scientific evidence of these benefits. It’s now on my list to get. Here is the link to the review in The New York Times; click here.

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.

****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.

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45 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and the Illusion of Double Orchids)

  1. dsaquarelles says:

    it is so beautiful! i ❤

  2. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful, Sally. And healing. I share your sense of disquiet and your search for solace. Your image is a gentle reminder of the power of nature. Thanks!

  3. Your quotation reminded me of a line from Robert Browning’s poem “Andrea del Sarto”:

    “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
    Or what’s a heaven for?”

  4. Cristina says:

    Like always, wonderful work and so creative 🙂

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous and thought provoking as always Sally. I love the orchid and your powerful words to go along with it. Thank you!

  6. restlessjo says:

    That’s exquisite, Sally! The orchid is such a beauty anyway and you’ve made it glow. 🙂
    I guess we always need something to strive for.

  7. These are incredible pictures! It’s crazy how awesome the camera is on the new iPhones 🙌😁

  8. Wonderful splash of color! I like the movement from corner to corner.
    Also I agree nature brews happiness

  9. Allan G. Smorra says:

    The range of colors from burgundy to purple is a stunning combination, Sally. This one is a definite keeper.

  10. nowathome says:

    Love the colour of the orchids!

  11. Nico Calavita says:

    What can I say! Beautiful. I’ll look at it when I meditate

  12. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful photo with color and form to awake our spirits. Your words today are especially meaningful. Have a wonderful week, Sally.

  13. That’s simply beautiful, Sally! We have about 1 1/2″ of snow today, so I’m enjoying your burst of color even more than usual. Happy Monday!


  14. phoartetry says:

    Quite lovely editing Sally. Always love posts.

  15. Amy says:

    So beautiful, Sally! I must learn to use iPhone for more creative shots. 🙂

  16. Lignum Draco says:

    Beautifully artistic. The power of our creativity is only limited by our imagination.

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