Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 13 (Autumn’s Hydrangea Photomontage)

25 September 2017


Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Hydrangea Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Hydrangea 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.


Ode to Autumn’s Hydrangea

Shimmering   Glowing   Jewels  Awaken.

Each  Encourages  Visual Euphoria.

Dancing and Distancing

Moving Inward for Grace and Tranquility.

In the Lens section is a photomontage that honors the autumnal jewel, a black-stemmed hydrangea. These two images are renditions of a flower that always performs with eloquence and a salute to gentle living. Each cluster of flower head bursts with soft patina and almost paper-thin petals.

I am so enamored with this magnificent example of nature’s majesty that I just planted another native called ‘Snow Queen.’ As I water it nightly, there is a sensation of anticipation and wonder. It’s the oakleaf variety, and the first of its species to honor my gardens. Its height will soar and produce cascades of boughs that will direct my imagination toward boundless inspiration.

That’s exactly how nature affects me. While filling my reservoir over and over, she shores and steers my daily journey. This cathartic effect weaves through my inner spirit and gently soothes for moments before reality becomes reality.


On 19 September in a The New York Times’ column the reader was given answers to frequent questions about climate change. In “Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions” by Justin Gillis, the journalist presents three parts (Part One: What is Happening?, Part Two: What Could Happen? and Part Three: What Can We Do?) to inform the reader about this critical subject that affects everyone on our planet. Hope that you take some time to view it and get involved.


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22 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 13 (Autumn’s Hydrangea Photomontage)

  1. prior.. says:

    so beautiful the way you noted the nightly watering…
    and love the lens featured hydrangea

  2. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the dark tones of this image, Sally, perfect for Autumn. The idea of a black stemmed hydrangea fascinates me. We have several on our back hillside and they are the more traditional (?) green stemmed variety.

  3. A gorgeous photo. Love the colours and the play with layers.

  4. Amy says:

    This image is stunningly beautiful! Thank you for introducing the article.

  5. Gallivanta says:

    Magnificent montage, Sally. My hydrangeas are just starting to get their new leaves.

  6. Ulli says:

    This is a beautiful pic, dear Sally! But it`s more then beautiful, it`s soul, it`s magic, it`s real, one sight to reality.
    All the best to you

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful image Sally. 🙂

  8. Lovely flowers. I’d prefer just a bit less black and a tiny bit more flower, but the jewel-like colors are beautiful. 🙂 Happy Monday, Sally.


  9. restlessjo says:

    Such an atmospheric rendering, Sally 🙂 🙂 I’m off now to read the climate change article. Thanks for that.

  10. Extraordinary image. Perfect capture of the Fire of change seen this time of year.

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