Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 27 (Evening Sky Photomontage)

15 January 2018


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

Evening Sky Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Evening Sky Photomontage; 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.


A sky is one of nature’s most intriguing and mysterious of phenomenons: quiet, serene, boisterous, sentimental, bold, intriguing, and so much more. The image in the Lens section evokes the feeling that I want as I enter the unknown of each day, that I want for everyone. That sense of enthusiasm and euphoria of a day’s unfolding.

The image is an evening sky that manages to burst into abstraction with my prodding through the blend of a few images. But a sunrise can cast forth equally stunning colorations to capture the spirit of the moment.

When I imagine its possibilities, not one boundary surfaces to curtail its limits. And that’s part of the awe, it has no beginning, no end, just seamless and triumph in every performance: day or night.


“Dare to Be Wild” (one hour and 41 minutes, 2018, directed by Vivienne De Courcy) is one of those cinematic gems about nature that must to shared. It’s based on a true story that inspires environmental advocacy on many levels. It’s a tale about Mary Reynolds who began her love of nature in Ireland by “sowing a single seed.” And then she changed the world’s view about landscape gardening. Her motto is “man is nature and nature is man, they are one and the same.” Indeed.

From iTunes (where you can rent it for $4.99): “Mary Reynolds is the youngest woman to win a Gold Medal for garden design since the Chelsea Flower Show commenced in 1913. After her victory in 2002, the British Government sponsored Reynolds to build a bio-diverse garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Kew near London. She continues her “campaigns for the protection of natural habitats by bringing the power of wild nature back to city parks, roof terraces and into your backyard. She is listed as one of the top ten landscape designers of all time.” I hope that you decide to view this heartfelt retelling of the start of her tireless effort on behalf of Mother Nature.



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32 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 27 (Evening Sky Photomontage)

  1. dsaquarelles says:

    it is a marvelous piece of art!

  2. Amy says:

    That is an incredible creative production, Sally!
    Mary Reynolds! Such a remarkable young designer. Thank you for sharing!

  3. prior.. says:

    Wow – what nice colors in your image – and Mary Reynolds sounds awesome.

  4. This is awesome–love the color pattern. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Learning Jane says:

    I love Snapseed app and I love how vivid the image is!

  6. Like a landscape from a different world. I love the complexity of the composition.

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Absolutely beautiful Sally! The words and the image. It is an excellent way to view life. So often we get so caught up with being in a hurry that we forget to stop and just be present. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Jane Lurie says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, Sally, and for the gorgeous image.

  9. Aquileana says:

    Impressive, dear Sally… And, I always, your words resonate with me… The sky and its endless possibilities. Your image: a sky bursting into abstraction due to blending of different images. Isn´t it a perfect metaphor for those hidden mysteries?… Thanks for sharing… Love and best wishes, across the miles.

  10. pattimoed says:

    Another stunning shot, Sally!!

  11. Cecilia says:

    A photo I would hang as wall art at home! So beautiful! Thank you and greetings!

  12. Helen C says:

    Good morning, Sally. Beautiful! My favorite colors 😉
    For some reason, the first thing came to my mind was: this would look great in metal. I don’t usually think about art-on-metal, so I was a little surprised at that thought 😉
    Have a great day.

  13. That’s what I would call a watercolor sky, Sally. Thank you for the tip about the video, we’ll keep an eye out for it.

  14. Dina says:

    Very nice shot and editing, Sally!

  15. Su Leslie says:

    This is a beautiful image Sally; it has such power in its gentleness.

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