Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 25 (Reflections Collage)

01 January 2018

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

Reflections Collage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Reflections Collage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

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

Pens:

As autumn reigns, the sun’s position rearranges its reach, giving renewed meaning as shadows redirect their presence. Between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 each morning the visual ritual begins.

Upon a wall in my favorite room, a series of images are cast that mesmerize. Minute by minute they are altered. And even as they are ephemeral, they are made for studied gazing. As the sun plays with my senses, there is a rising of contemplation and pure amazement.

I am caught in the performance, and it suddenly seemed appropriate to create a collage of these images. Taken over the days of last year, and gently reassuring me of the power and majesty of the universe.

Unfortunately there drifted to the surface reminders of last year–a year that brought day after day assault and upheaval upon the essence of what my country means to me. Day after day America has been systematically and sporadically attacked by our own administration, upon the essence of my country. But HOPE continues to be forecast in the days ahead. As Mother Nature’s reflections redefine their presence each day, we have an opportunity to do the same.

Rather than connote those reflections as my government’s dismantling of human rights and environmental policies (to point out a few), I prefer to interpret them as symbols of changes we need in 2018. Changes reflected in a steady, direct, dignified, humane understanding of the what it means to be human and work toward the greater good for each and every one.

The reflections in the Lens section represent my enthusiasm for nature and her wondrous possibilities. Those reflections dance with confidence and unparalleled synergy. They dance with unequaled hope for today and tomorrow.

Note:

In the new year it seems apt to honor the biologist and author (of the seminal Silent Spring, 1965) Rachel Carson (1907-1964), who was a key figure in the development of America’s environmental movement. Here are quotes that demonstrate her personal ethos.

“It is one of the ironies of our time that, while concentrating on the defense of our country against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within.”

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”

“To sin by silence, when we should protest makes cowards out of men.”

Carson’s bravery and fortitude gave voice to the environmental movement that continues today, and in many ways is part of the future’s hope. Her deeply passionate stance was in defense of the planet’s health and well-being, and her philosophy resonates with a loud blast at the beginning of 2018.

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36 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 25 (Reflections Collage)

  1. May important changes come in 2018. Those dancing light streaks are a good inspiration for the new year.

  2. Dancing light can always capture my attention, too. And I remember, always, the light returns. Regardless of the passing of furor, storm and drang, the light returns.

  3. Amazing photography! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cecilia says:

    Important message, thank you! All the best to you!

  5. Tiny says:

    Powerful message, more timely today than it ever was. I wish you a wonderful 2018, Sally.

  6. Dina says:

    Thank you for this lovely, inspiring post, Sally.
    Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018!✨

  7. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful post, dear Sally…. Love your words as well, very moving and hopeful! ❤ Wishing you an excellent 2018! 😀

  8. Amy says:

    I, too, prefer to interpret them as symbols of changes we need in 2018. Thank you for the words about the reflecting of change. 🙂
    Thank you, Sally!

  9. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful as always Sally! Keep fighting and I will too. Happy New Year! 🙂

  10. Debschill says:

    Great Post and photo’s

  11. What makes your favorite room your favorite room?

  12. Gallivanta says:

    I join you in hoping for a brighter year. The reflections are candles of hope in the dark. We have had a change of leadership/Government in New Zealand. I feel hopeful for our future in this small country.

  13. Angeline M says:

    Electric appearing reflections! To match the mood of this nation’s charged atmosphere in the last year. Rachel Carson is an excellent choice to bring into the conversation.

  14. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Sally. Thanks for your weekly post of inspiration. The shadows are full of movement and light..they almost seem like smoke or cobwebs. Intriguing. All the best for you and your loved ones in the new year. I love the Rachel Carson quote: “It is one of the ironies of our time that, while concentrating on the defense of our country against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within.”

  15. Allan G. Smorra says:

    A great illustration for your words, Sally. “Action” is the key word for this year.
    Ω

  16. Su Leslie says:

    I can only echo what Helen says Sally.

  17. Helen C says:

    Symbols of changes — your words give me hope. 😉 Thank you for all those great articles in 2017!
    Have a wonderful 2018, Sally!

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