Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 15 (Dried Hydrangea Photomontage)

09 October 2017


Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed, Pixlr and Stackables.

Dried Hydrangea Photomontage #3; All Rights Reserved 2017 Sally W. Donatello

Dried Hydrangea Photomontage #3; All Rights Reserved 2017 Sally W. Donatello

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.


Mother Nature can be a definitive model for the layers that pervade the human condition. As we watch her perform each and every season, subtle elements give sway to changes that represent the life cycle: layers of life itself.

Autumn is a particular stage for show and tell. The season starts with full-fledged examples of maturity, and suspends that aging as it becomes the finale of an existence. Even so each flower can become the energy for next year’s jewels. It’s a marvelous search for the real and the imagined, it is also nature’s path to reuse and renewal. Non-plant life is not as forgiving, but still mirrors the essential steps of the natural world’s progeny.

The layers, which join the present to the past, embrace the here and now with mystery and tenacity. The layers also remind us of the importance of remembrance and its nesting within our inner core or underneath the surface.

In the Lens section is another tribute to the hydrangea, truly an autumn star. The photomontage is layer upon layer that represents the flower’s journey: its strong might and tender magic.

Note: For your week’s contemplation I offer you a quote and a poem by the nature writer Mary Oliver. Her visual language speaks for itself.

“I would say that there exists a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves-we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together, we are each other’s destiny.”


“How I go to the woods”

“Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.” From Swan: Poems and Prose Poems (2010)

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39 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 15 (Dried Hydrangea Photomontage)

  1. A gorgeous photo. I like the repetitive layers with different opacity and richness in details.

  2. Your words and image capture life in layers. I’ve noticed the light is different now, too, more golden, more shadows.

  3. Angeline M says:

    The color is exquisite! Reminds me of the color of some grapes on the vine. I can get lost in this photo.

  4. That is very cool Sally. Love the way you’e processed it.

  5. prior.. says:

    I have heard of Mary Oliver and I do like her writing – but I really love the photo art you created – the larger version showed the rich color and shadows more – so beautiful S

  6. Amy says:

    So very beautiful photo and the words. Thank you for sharing the poem, Sally!

  7. smilecalm says:

    digital love expressed
    of mother nature 🙂

  8. Tina Schell says:

    I always enjoy your posts Sally but I must tell you that “How I go to the Woods” represents only the second time in the years I’ve been blogging that I’ve copied something to save and print for myself. It truly resonated with me. Thank you for that.

  9. I love those words, ” a thousand unbreakable links.”

  10. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful photomontage, Sally. I love those shades of purple. Perfect for autumn. Hope all’s well.

  11. Aquileana says:

    The dried Hydrangea photomontage is beautiful, dear Sally… I especially love blue hydrangeas. They seem so exotic and perfect to me!. You did a great job here (as you always do). I truly like the poem you included at the end, as well… ❤ Sending love & best wishes! 😉

    • My best to you, and thanks for your response. Hydrangeas are a wonder, because their color can change year-by-year, depending on the soil and rain and temps. They are jewels of summer and autumns.

  12. Lovely thoughts, Sally

  13. Madhu says:

    Wonderfully layered composition Sally. And I love, love that quote! Thank you for sharing.

  14. DG MARYOGA says:

    Entrancing photomontage, fantastic purplish shades bathed in light. Most exquisite work, thoughts and options in your pen part, Sally.

  15. Tish Farrell says:

    A fine hydrangea composition and some very wonderful quotes from Mary Oliver that very much chime with my current notions of worshipping olive trees. Multilayers and multiconnections ~ it’s all and and and, and and…

  16. restlessjo says:

    It reminded me of a lady trying on lots of hats. 🙂 🙂 And the poem is wonderful, Sally.

  17. I love the colors and the layering of this photomontage, Sally! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  18. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the way the layers intertwine with the shadows, Sally. A beautiful tribute to an autumn star.

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