Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Mother Nature’s Influence)

29 May 2017


1. Macro Macro Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Macro Macro Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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


Nature offers limitless inspiration, especially as each of her progeny easily can influence human nature. She spills onto the human arena through, for example, elements of art and design. They manifest themselves with a steady force and imprint; they become inextricably linked to our inventiveness.

Mother Nature’s aesthetics continually encourage my own experimentation. Winter’s spare individualism pushes what has often been unseen by other seasons’ narratives. But Spring, which is magically unfolding in my part of the world, is stacked with day-to-day discoveries–discoveries that push our visual senses and explode creative boundaries. This spiritually-charged season forces perceptions to surface and find meaning.

In the Lens section is a reinterpretation of a crab apple blossom. It is a macro slice of that flower’s daring designs, tiny cloud-like abstract petals meant to hide in plain sight. To move from the original (click here) image was a process of intuition mixed with fixation on an idea of the flower’s hidden dimensions. The two images are only slightly different, showing a bolder side of a Spring’s early blossoming.

Design characteristics found in nature are a constant instigator of human creativity. Nature wields a powerful wand and we respond with marvel and possibilities.

Whether hidden or brazenly in front of us, these influences have brought insight and innovation into humanity’s story. Mother Nature convinces us to be in the moment or even lounge in appreciation of her wonder, rendering each part of the natural world significant to our own inner and outer survival.

Tip of the Week:

In the search for the “Tip of the Week” I found a relevant TED Talk from 2014. “The World’s Best Creative Director: Nature” by Helen Walters, editorial director at TED, shares an interview between Tim Brown and Janine Benyus.

From TED Talks’ website: “What’s that too-often quoted aphorism? “Good artists copy; great artists steal”? In this nuanced conversation, biologist and founder of Biomimicry 3.8 Janine Benyus speaks with Tim Brown, chief executive of IDEO, to discuss what’s really interesting about borrowing.”

Benyus and Brown discuss how we learn from nature. It’s worth the read.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

Note: 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 are interested in purchasing a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead.

How to join this Mobile Photography Challenge: please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Here is 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).

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34 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Mother Nature’s Influence)

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely capture Sally – I prefer the first as it seems more true to nature for me. Loved the Ted reference, thanks.

  2. Tiny says:

    You have made two wonderful interpretations of the flower, of which the first one talks to be a bit more. Thank you for sharing the TED article, loved it.

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    So incredibly lovely Sally! Our weather has finally improved so I am looking forward to spending more time outside in nature where I love to be!

  4. I prefer the first, Sally, but only because it has more layers. The texture for both, when enlarged, is very intriguing. Is that natural, or part of your play with the image?

  5. Like most others, I like the first one the better. There is something about the elongated format and that little bit of added information that makes it more intriguing for me. 🙂

  6. Cristina says:

    Beautiful as always Sally 🙂

  7. pattimoed says:

    Lovely, lovely image, Sally! It reminds me of Georgia O’Keefe’s work!

  8. Aquileana says:

    Absolutely beautiful dear Sally. the petals look so real, in a sort of tridimensional way…. truly nice… Also, I find your thoughts moving… I agree with you when you state that: “Nature offers limitless inspiration”. I wonder if Life (nature included) imitates Art, or viceversa, what do you think!?… Sending much love & wishing you a great week ⭐

    • I agree that nature includes the human animal. I often wonder why we must separate: nature and human nature. But I can rationalize the distinction. Since Mother Nature was producing her art long before our debut, I believe that we “borrow” her ideas and are inspired by her. See you soon. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Both lovely shots Sally. I slightly prefer the first for the greater sense of flow and contrast.

  10. Lignum Draco says:

    Beautiful. Amazing how the image changes with a simple adjustment of format, compared to the original square version. I like the first one most.

  11. Helen C says:

    I like the first one, Sally. It’s easier for me to give you my reason if we pretend these are novels (due to my English is getting worse and worse ;-). Both has a good plot, but the first one has several well developed subplots, which makes the novel more interesting.
    Have a wonderful evening.

  12. restlessjo says:

    I think I prefer the first one, Sally. The blossom this year has been so lovely! 🙂 Wishing you a happy week!

  13. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the first photo, Sally. It reminds me of pink icing on a Strawberry cake.

  14. Love these, Sally. I feel I can just touch the velvety texture. That, and I’m going through a “loving pink” phase! 😀

  15. Amy says:

    A beautiful and creative work, Sally! The enlarge version allow viewers to see the beautiful texture and colors. 🙂

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