Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty – No. 26 (Trees of Life Photomontage Revisited)

08 January 2018


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, FX PhotoStudio and Pixlr.

Tree of Life Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Tree of Life 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.


Usually, I amble through the day with an eye to the present. I’m not one to dwell on the past or long for tomorrow. But last year still lingers, and needs to be given perspective. It also needs to be a benchmark for this year’s actions and deeds.

And so I was prompted to pull one of my favorite images from last year. In the Lens section is a Photomontage from August, which seems eons ago. The scene is less than a mile from my home, and part of the Wild and Scenic Parks. Its ambience provides a sense of calm and serenity in the midst of outside forces that have shaken my world: battering rams to our civil, moral, political and social way of life.

For the last week or more the Atlantic region (as with other parts of the USA) has been belted by a deep freeze that has been accompanied by high winds. It is not weather for outdoor activities. So searching through last year’s images has been a treat and a chance to assess the months of experimentation with post processing and photomontage, a technique that challenges and intrigues me. It adds stardust to my creative efforts.

The scene represents the theme of my inner eye. I am devoted to the stilling of nature’s irrepressible lightning majesty: from a single raindrop to a seed pod to a single flower to a river flowing to the reflection of light to the feather of a bird.

Mother Nature cast a spell decades ago, and has been my passion since that discovery. Even in her wrath and tonight’s temps in single digits, she keeps me afloat and always hopeful.


This week I discovered that Netflix’s has the second season of Planet Earth, which is a nature series from BBC One. Narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough it details, “…the frozen tundra in the north to the dry forests of the equator… Planet Earth was the first natural history documentary to be filmed in high-definition, and now a decade later improved technology has made it possible to capture further details, from elusive animal behaviors to previously inaccessible remote landscapes. In addition to exploring the wilderness, the series examines urban dwellings, focusing on animals that have adapted to city life.” Excerpt is from Planet Earth II. View their website where you can read more about the remarkable series and watch a preview.


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35 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty – No. 26 (Trees of Life Photomontage Revisited)

  1. Whew, Lady. It’s beautiful, but looks as cold as the day does out my window!!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful Sally. To me it speaks of winter magic. Re Planet Earth, this month their Blue Planet II begins. I am VERY excited about it and have already set my recorder 😊😊

  3. prior.. says:

    The large view of the image highlighted how nice the sky is with that artsy rendition – and the Planet Earth show sounds very nice.

  4. pattimoed says:

    I love this image, Sally. The colors are gorgeous! A great choice. Stay warm! We were in Boston last week and got caught in the deep freeze and snow. Crazy!

  5. That is a beautiful landscape, very otherworldly.

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful Sally. I needed your words of inspiration today. I will check out the Netflix documentary as I think it will be a good one to watch with my kids. Keeping positive!

  7. Perhaps it’s the new year, but though you are “devoted to the stilling of nature’s irrepressible lightning majesty” I saw in this montage trees that burst, zinged, fizzed like firecrackers in a dark and uncertain sky: something both majestic and terrifying. Happy New Year. Wishing you lots of stardust in your 2018 creations. I am so looking forward to enjoying them.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    The word that comes to mind is magical 🙂

  9. Amy says:

    Beautifully done, Sally!
    Thank you for the link of Planet Earth II. Magnificent!!

  10. Love what you did to this, Sally. It has a magical wintry look to me!

  11. restlessjo says:

    Definitely weather for curling up with an album or a good book, Sally. We’ve been fortunate here and a hard frost and temperatures around zero are manageable. 🙂 I was drawn to your image because, although a totally different subject matter, it reminds me of a couple of the photos in my Saturday post. See what you think? Yours is a magical image.

  12. Angeline M says:

    Photos from August seem to fit your weather currently, at first look I thought it was trees with an ice coating. Beautiful work, Sally.

  13. There are definite Wintery hues in this image, Sally. Thanks for the look back and for the tip about Planet Earth. The first season was amazing & I can’t wait to see the latest one.

  14. Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” came to mind after I inverted your image to see dark tree trunks and a bright sky.

  15. This weeks photo is an optical treat!

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