Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Photomontage)

12 June 2017


Sundew and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Sundew and Orchid Photomontage; 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.


My devotion to nature is unwavering. Her ability to mesmerize is unwavering. And sometimes the partnership between nature and human nature can be so stunningly awe- inspiring that it forces a pause in one’s senses and sensibilities. Such a reaction and mind- healing experience occurs each and every visit to Longwood Gardens, a premier horticultural center in Pennsylvania, USA. It’s jewel after jewel of treasures for everyone who can partake in its pleasurable and sumptuous visual gifts.

During my most recent visit last week with my grandson, we lingered at the carnivorous plants that continue to intrigue him. While we’ve savored the times that flowers appeared on these tropical plants, this time brought new sightings.

While this photomontage in the Lens section may not seem a macro, it is indeed a combination of two images that are up close and personal. The sundew, a Pitcher plant, flowers in June through July. Fortune gave us these teeny tiny white flowers to savor, which are little more than a quarter of an inch in diameter, as a gem of a surprise.

These diminutive florets reminded me of a delicate wind flower, small enough to lure and punch the imagination and stunning enough to inspire. The purple-red orchid (from a visit last month) lent itself to the montage. The white dainty flowers on the sundew reached into the light that swept itself through the frosted windows. They kept my attention and that first discovery of joy remains to soothe my thoughts.

Tip of the Week:

Here are a few examples from “24 of the Most Beautiful Quotes About Nature” from an article posted on Buzzfeed by Jarry Lee (Buzzed Staff) on 22 April 2015. Here is a selection:

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” —John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“The earth has its music for those who will listen.” – George Santayana

Others quoted include Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Jane Austen, Rachel Carson, and Lord Byron. To view the entire selection, click here.

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 would like to buy a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.                                                                                                             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. 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 – 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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34 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Photomontage)

  1. Trying to get through a too-full inbox, I clicked on your link and the sight of a gentle and compelling orchid released a big sigh of peace in me. So I just looked at it for a bit before returning to the inbox. Thank you.

  2. Lovely quotes Sally especially Emerson’s. Thanks to share.

  3. Lovely quotes Sally especially Emerson’s. And the flower montage is stunning harmonious. So cleverly combined. Excellent piece.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    You’re right Sally, these are perfect for the photomontage. Very airy and light feeling

  5. Elegant and delicate. This is a delightful montage. It brings about happiness and lightness.

  6. Delicate and pretty, Sally.
    “The earth has its music for those who will listen.” – George Santayana
    So true! And you are a great listener, that is for sure.

  7. Madhu says:

    It is exquisite Sally!

  8. Elisa Ruland says:

    I always like to click on your images, Sally, helps me see the moment through your eyes. Very nice.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    This is a truly beautiful image Sally. The delicacy and flow makes my heart sing. Thank you for the quotes link too.

  10. Angeline M says:

    Light and airy. Lovely photomontage, Sally.

  11. I think this is just so beautiful and dreamy!

  12. The Sundew image you created looks like a Japanese screen it could be the back of a kimono.
    Thank you for the quote link.
    Happy Monday Challenge

  13. smilecalm says:

    that might look nice
    as a stained glass 🙂

  14. So beautiful – and creative!!!

  15. pattimoed says:

    Lovely image, Sally! Your trips with your grandson always inspire you. Have a productive and restorative week.

    • Patti, enjoy each and every day now that spring has really sprung. Summer seems to have arrived here in the Mid-Atlantic, and the temps climbed to the lower 90s. Thanks so much for your response to my image.

  16. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    A beautiful blend of softness and tone and how well you have melded them.

  17. Lignum Draco says:

    “The earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thank you for your passion, Sally. It’s a lovely photomontage. Very delicate.

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