Visual Reflections: Nature in the Age of Uncertainty- No. 28 (Button Chrysanthemum Photomontage)

22 January 2018


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

Button Chrysanthemums Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Button Chrysanthemums Photomontage Longwood Gardens; 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.


22 January 2018

Oh, yes, I need cheering. My country is moving even deeper into the malaise. That place signals me to push even deeper into the bond between nature and human nature. And one uplift came from an image created from my last visit to the world-famous Longwood Gardens.

The Chrysanthemum Festival from last month was spectacularly memorable. And the photomontage in the Lens section was the burst of energy that shored my spirit at each gaze.

These button chrysanthemums are tiny (1 ½”). And their diminutive form exudes a vibrancy and triumph associated with floral effervescence. Their presence courts me with theatrics that are made through spirited, dancing hues.

This mum easily won my attention with multiple petals and pompom flower heads. Their perfume is delicate and mimics their perennial role as a herb. The range of colors ease from white to pink to yellow to orchid, fascinating to be sure.

So while I am a bit anxious in the throes of my country’s dysfunction, I have given myself a respite as I seek sanctuary in my own resistance by savoring nature’s omnipresence and omniscience.


More and more human migration is being caused by climate change such as erosion, sea level rise, warmer temperatures, heat waves, severe storms, increased rainfall, flooding, increased moisture, and … It’s just the beginning. The most vulnerable live in coastal communities and islands, but the entire planet is subject to its conditions, which includes shortages in water and other alterations to the ecosystem. Climate refugees, which includes Mother Nature’s progeny, are becoming part of our twenty-first century way of life and its disheartening and scary.

Last year the internationally-recognized artist Ai Weiwei introduced the documentary “Human Flow” (2 hr. 20 minutes, iTunes, $4.99). The movie is a testament to his mission as an artist and this global crisis, where “65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II (iTunes).” Weiwei visits twenty-three countries that are at the heart of this current human migration. I encourage you to view this emotional and informative film that depicts the reality of the effects of climate change.




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30 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature in the Age of Uncertainty- No. 28 (Button Chrysanthemum Photomontage)

  1. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by the direction we are heading to, isn’t it. All the more we indeed need Mother Nature. Thank you for offering your vision of some of her inspiration in this gorgeous photo.

  2. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful and thought provoking as always Sally. Thank you

  3. Tina Schell says:

    A beautiful creation Sally – I’m a HUGE fan of Longwood Gardens but haven’t visited since we moved south 18 years ago. Somehow it stays with you though. Thank you for the memory!

  4. Amy says:

    Climate refugees, so very worrisome…
    I wish I had a chance to see the Chrysanthemum Festival.
    Beautiful result of the post-process. Thank you for sharing, Sally!

  5. prior.. says:

    Your image makes the small blooms look enormous – and shows their immense vibrancy – ahhhh beauty

  6. pattimoed says:

    Love this image, Sally! The colors and textures are marvelous. I love the image/mirage quality of it. Ai Weiwei is a very powerful artist. We were fortunate to see an exhibition of his work locally last year. I’ll never forget a huge self-portrait of him made from Legos. The contrast between the seriousness of his pose and the playfulness of the Legos was wonderful.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    I totally agree with Tiny on this one Sally. 🙂

  8. Cristina says:

    Loving that purple! Beautiful image Sally 🙂

  9. Suzanne says:

    Some profound thoughts to offset a delightful photo. I completely agree with the idea of taking time out and finding solace in nature. More and more I am finding that nature is giving me so much strength. While the outer world of politics, economics and climate instability is increasingly in chaos the natural world is somehow getting stronger. I’m beginning to explore these ideas in my new blog.

  10. Helen C says:

    Ah, we must live in the same country (I double checked; yes we are). I worry, from time to time, too. It’s snowing crazy here. snow brings us a sense of peace… at least for this moment.
    Beautiful photo, Sally!
    Have a great day.

  11. Your photo this week is gorgeous, Sally. I love the colors and details of the flowers.

    Thanks for the movie tip. I missed Ai Weiwei’s recent exhibit on Alcatraz.

  12. Tiny says:

    The “lens” part is beautiful and the “pens” part is powerful. I feel very much the same way…and seek my peace in nature.

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