Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 29 – Winter Geranium Photomontage

29 January 2018


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

Winter Geranium Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Winter Geranium 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.


Time to begin a daily count toward spring’s arrival: 50 days of forward thinking. As winter struts its mostly grey and sunless days, I have an internal battle between daily walks and hibernation. But the thought of spring allows me to dream and to focus on each day until more and more light appears daily, and more and more changes explode upon the landscape.

After weeks of bitter cold, the last few days have been moderate. And gloriously a geranium bloomed inside, and gave me an emotional uplift. Its intense pink produced a weightless sense that sparked interior calm and focus upon its gifts.

Last week’s temps were high enough that the ground thawed, and I was able to putter in my gardens. These days of reasonable weather give me a rosier disposition.

And that one floral jewel, basking in the few days of sunlight, was complicit in my heightened sense of well-being. Oh, how nature does hold me captive.

In the Lens section is a photomontage of that cunning flower. It dazzles me and continues to offer me a glow of light that shines within and beyond my gaze.


Wendell Berry (American, b. 1934) is a novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He has been instrumental in the environmental movement and is celebrated as an advocate for nature. I’ve selected a few quotes that represent his philosophy.

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?”

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

“Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

“The atmosphere, the earth, the water and the water cycle – those things are good gifts. The ecosystems, the ecosphere, those are good gifts. We have to regard them as gifts because we couldn’t make them. We have to regard them as good gifts because we couldn’t live without them.”

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28 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 29 – Winter Geranium Photomontage

  1. Tiny says:

    Lovely colors! And Berry is one of my favorite poets. I hope the weather will allow you to putter in your garden on a daily basis.

  2. Spring is slowly approaching, indeed. Personally, though, I still hope for some more winter before it’s gone. Nevertheless, your spring inspired photo is gorgeous. It has a lovely abstract quality.

  3. pattimoed says:

    What a gorgeous image, Sally! I love it! Geraniums always remind me of my grandfather, who had a greenhouse behind his house where he was always potting and re-potting his famous geraniums.

  4. thirdeyemom says:

    Lovely photo and I completely am with your words! Winter is difficult for me as I love being outside so much. It has been a cold winter for us and I’m usually out twice a day walking the dog. I long for Spring! Do you like Winter or tolerate it? I could see myself in a warmer climate but I’d probably miss the seasons!

  5. That’s a healthy dose of vibrant colors.

  6. Suzanne says:

    A lovely image Sally. It really captures the idea of spring.

  7. I love the feeling of life ready to burst forth in your shot, Sally. I’m currently reading Berry’s latest: “The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings.” I love him, but he does take time (well-worth it) to read, think, and digest.


  8. Angeline M says:

    The colors bring such warmth to the days of winter. Gorgeous pinks and reds, my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. Amy says:

    A very beautiful image, Sally. I love the process result.
    So glad to hear it’s warmer for you guys. 🙂

  10. Your photomontage is a lovely spot of color for us today, Sally. I like the last quote of Mr. Berry. We need to treat the Earth as the gift that it is and not something that we are tired of maintaining.

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