Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 11 ( “Autumn Forecast” Photomontage)

11 September 2017


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

Autumn Forecast Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Autumn Forecast 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.


“Capturing the wilderness connects the present with a past beyond my own. It connects us all to the earth, and our collective past.” ~~ Christopher Miller, photographer and writer

Each season is a study in time. And the next season that is illustrative is about to make its appearance.

Lately as I ease into the day, thoughts about autumn’s approach surface. Signs can be tallied in my gardens and across landscapes. The chill is in the air and temps are unseasonably low. In small doses leaves have begun their descent, scattered but evident of summer’s finale. And, of course we are in hurricane territory.

Autumn spans breezy to boisterous behavior, demanding a more in-depth understanding of what we see and know. It exudes content and context. Its palette is a range of emotional colors. It begs admiration. It secures scores of watchful minds.

In the Lens section are a few symbols of the movement into this new season (officially beginning 22 September). My goal was to create an arrangement that felt as though the flowers were floating in summer’s shadow. They soar with their need for attention and grace in the eyes of their life cycle.

The anemone is not purely white but still boasts of purity, allowing its eloquence to frolic in the winds. The obedient plant (top of the two smaller flowers) is a prolific native that blooms in August and seems to never give up its purple gaze. Its flower is truly eye-catching and an insect gatherer. The charm of the water lily’s flower (from Longwood Gardens) is its timely appearance, giving a breath of sweet color as it floats during its peak performance this month.

These examples of nature’s charm are part of the transition into a season that can provide such startling memories that one’s senses are now at the ready. Autumn grabs you in pre-season and it steers your course for weeks. Definitely, a study in time.

Nature is quite amazing to lead us into winter with this hurrah. And, fortunately, memories last through the somber months of cold and grey. These memories take one through a time of hibernation and planning anew. Sigh…

Each season aligns with our inner stars, moon and sun, reminding us of the layers of time that we are experiencing, reminding us of nature’s abundant jewels.

Note: I’ve always been enamored by floral design, especially minimalistic. But I learn from various approaches, even fuller-bodied arrangements. The compositions of Ariel Dearie are worth examining for their sculptural appeal and influence by Dutch painting. I am especially drawn to her designs that use a single color palette. View her work here.

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36 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 11 ( “Autumn Forecast” Photomontage)

  1. I like this a lot. It’s remarkably dramatic and inviting at the same time.

  2. I see what you mean about the influence of Dutch painting on the still lifes of Ariel Dearie.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    Beautiful art. May you find just as much inspiration in the colours of Autumn.

  4. These pictures are absolutely beautiful Sally. I love taking pictures but i am not nearly as talented as you.

  5. I really like these images with black backgrounds. How did you get yours? did you photograph the flower against one or did you add it afterwards? I’m a great fan of Snapseed too.

  6. Madhu says:

    So beautiful Sally! Hard to believe this is shot with an iPhone. Was just drooling over the launch of iPhone X with face id! 🙂

    • Madhu, I appreciate your response. Hard to believe the price of the newer models. The iPhone and other Smartphones prove that it’s not the equipment. I adore my DSLR, but the iPhone is so easy, and convenient, and oh so weightless compared to my other gear.

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful Sally! We have had an amazing span of summer like days here. I’ve really enjoyed it. The leaves are starting and the monarchs are out. I even saw a pair of loons today on my walk.

  8. The anemone is beautifully captured with with light slight above to the left. But I also like the spacial way you have added the other floral elements.

  9. Lovely photomontage, Sally. Delicate is what popped into my mind. Have a wonderful week!

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful, as are the compositions of Ariel Dearie.

  11. I enjoyed your photomontage as usual, Sally, but I wish it were just a bit brighter; not necessarily the background, but the flowers themselves. To me, both summer and autumn are filled with light, so I like to see that. Happy Monday!


  12. Amy says:

    Truly beautiful, Sally! The beauty of nature is beautifully expressed via your pens and lens.

  13. Looks like something from an antique hand illustrated botanical tome, but wait it’s modern. Captures the turning of the season and changing of the way we see.

  14. Helen C says:

    Good morning, Sally. My favorite is #1… ha ha ha… I am so use to look two photos here instead of one. 😉
    Anemone — I love that flower. So lovely. I think I am going to see if we can plant it here. I have a feeling that I will find out that it looks better on your photo. 😉
    Have a wonderful day.

  15. Angeline M says:

    Perfectly beautiful against the black background.

  16. Allan G. Smorra says:

    A nice segue into Fall, Sally.

  17. It’s interesting, and I appreciate your notation of where you edited this montage. I’ve never used Snapseed, so I’m headed there now!

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