Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Hellebores)

10 April 2017


1. Hellebores Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Hellebores Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hellebore Macro; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.


Spring’s offerings begin with one of my most coveted florals. Hellebores stun the senses and sensibilities with an eloquent and royal character. They display a quiet gentle bouquet of manners—manners that seem to have dissipated in human nature. Their heads hang downward, as though asking for attention and even a conversation.

What is underneath that array of delicate petals? When a flowerhead is lifted, curiosity is rewarded. We can learn much from the quiet gestures of flowers, and their ability to ask for our thoughts. Each detail of its architecture requires a study, and I succumb to their design and features.

Daily I turn to nature to reassure me, to shore my spirit. And for the last few weeks a large circle of Hellebores have not only entertained and enticed, but also has given me an entry into the season that this year rose slowly to allow for true appreciation of each arrival.

The wonder of spring is that as a snowdrop or crocus or magnolia blossom appear, my mind acts as though it has never seen such delicacies. My gardens are mature and I selectively bring another companion to this area or that, so I know what spring days will bring forth.

That matters little, because the mere appearance of Mother Nature’s gentle bits of life bring such spiritual warmth that they always, always seem a new gift. But also they inspire new ways of seeing and understanding Spring’s palette of jewels.

Tip of the Week:

April is an important month to celebrate Mother Earth, and now she needs all the help that we can muster. Hope that you are able to support one or both of these efforts. Click on each event’s name to get more information.

Earth Day is 22 April. This year’s campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy Education. From their webpage: “Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.”

People’s Climate March: March for climate, jobs and justice. The event will be held in Washington, D.C. It will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Location is 3rd Street near the Capitol Building.

Excerpts from their webpage: “On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.”

If you cannot attend the march to the Capitol, you can search for sister marches that will occur at the same time around the world, and, hopefully, in your community.

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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42 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Hellebores)

  1. LisaDay says:

    The second one. I love those signs of spring as well. A welcome start of a beautiful season.

  2. Just stunningly beautiful photographs! Thank you so much for sharing! Sarah 🙂

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    These are gorgeous Sally! I especially like the second one

  4. Tina Schell says:

    This is the time of year when it’s easy to remember to care for Mother Earth because she’s giving us all of her glory. Your examples are proof of her beauty as always.

  5. Amy says:

    So beautiful, Sally! Love the colors, tone, and the details. Thank you for reminding us the Earth Week! 🙂

  6. I love them but esp the second. I love the palette of jewels!

  7. Cecilia says:

    I like the close up, they are always so fascinating. Great picture, thanks for sharing.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Both are lovely images Sally; I am drawn to the first for the composition and contrast of colour and darkness.

  9. Good reminder that we need to take care of our Earth – particularly in these days. And as always you delight us with your mobile photography.

  10. restlessjo says:

    We have heaps of plummy coloured hellebores in our garden, Sally, but nothing as luscious as that first montage of yours. 🙂 Happy Easter!

  11. nowathome says:

    The second shot is just amazing!

  12. prior.. says:

    Oh and I once had Hellebores – they were white though, and so the colored ones here almost remind me of azaleas….

  13. prior.. says:

    Hi S – I love the second one most because it is such an unusual view of a Hellebore- so moody – and so much to extract. the cluster is nice – with great light and a curious feel with the black to the top right and left reflective color….

  14. I prefer the second image – it seems almost like an alien.(No offense intended).

  15. Angeline M says:

    I love your first photo, Sally. It appears almost like a time line progression, small unopened buds at the top leading slowly down to enlarging buds slowly opening, to the full open flower at bottom.. Gorgeous color in both photos and perfect against the black backdrop.

  16. Both are beautiful but that first one is my favorite! Gorgeous!

  17. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I really like the second photo, Sally. It has an up-close, immediate presence as well as beautiful colors.

  18. Sally, I love that second shot. We’re finally having some warm spring weather now, which is wonderful, and some flowers are starting to pop out. It makes me so happy.

    Have a wonderful week, filled with color and beautiful weather.


  19. We have many choices for Marches here in the SF Bay Area a friend has organized a Meditation event.
    Hellebores are new to me yours are the second in two days. I just never knew the name. I like the first one for its movement and shadows.

    • Carol, oh, the meditation event sounds perfect. I’m sure that you can grow them in SF. The plant appears in early spring with cooler temps and then stays for weeks. Mine are in a woodland area and do not get full sun, which keeps them perky. Thanks for you thoughtful comment.

  20. phoartetry says:

    The first photo is my favorite Sally.

  21. Lignum Draco says:

    You’ve photographed the flowers beautifully in 2 different ways.
    Good luck with the march. I hope it brings about positive actions.

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