Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 30 (Light in the Dark Photomontage)

05 February 2018

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr

Light in the Shadows Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Light in the Shadows 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.

Pens:

As we move into a traditionally cold-weather month, my mind is diverted with the illusion of spring’s arrival in a month and a half. Inspiration knocks and keeps me self-directed with the anticipation.

On a string of moderate days I spent some hours in the garden pruning perennial grasses and raking an area where my son leveled a tree—an apple tree that slowly grew leafless over two years. So I’ve directed myself to consider what native to replace that fruit bearer.

As the sun hits its lowest point in the winter sky, I can sense the effects that longer daylight bestows upon my psyche. It’s inspired me to imagine how spring backlights each day as we move toward the March equinox. Light pours through the synapses even as it is simply a silent story told to myself.

In the Lens section is my illusion of spring’s arrival, bringing streams of renewal and seduction. The dark and grey days of winter become the light beams of the planet’s rejuvenation: earth’s spring season that is sure to burst with scores of surprises that elevate each awakening day.

Note:

In the Talk section of The New York Times magazine (31 January 2018) Molly Lambert interviewed Robin Bell, the president-elect of the American Geophysical Union, an organization made of worldwide earth and space scientists. The article, “Robin Bell Doesn’t Think Science Should be Political,” is worth the read. Here is an excerpt and the link:

Ms. Lambert: “You’ve been studying the planet for over 40 years. Do you think there are still mysteries left to uncover?”

Ms. Bell: “Last year, we discovered that there are rivers running across ice sheets and shelves. They’ve been there since the first explorers went there. We hadn’t thought that could happen! It just shows there’s still stuff left to discover about how our planet works.”

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34 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 30 (Light in the Dark Photomontage)

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Lovely post Sally! I too have noticed the sunlight coming in now through the windows around seven am and it is so nice. We are still below zero and Wednesday it will be 40! It will feel amazing. I wish our Soring came sooner. For us it is April if we are lucky or May. 😌

  2. Fascinating capture. Well done, Sally. 🙂

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Very interesting montage Sally – like the universe, lots still to be explored!

  4. No matter how much scientists learn, they (and we) will never know everything. Discoveries are the great joy of science—or any other endeavor, for that matter. As Thoreau put it at the end of Walden: “There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

  5. Cecilia says:

    I see the light – thanks to your words. Stunning photo! Thank you.

  6. I love your line: “Light pours through the synapses even as it is simply a silent story told to myself.” Your photomontage reminds me of science fiction movies where they show off alien lights.

  7. Lignum Draco says:

    Interestingly when I saw your photos, I saw shadows. After reading your text, I now see light. Perhaps you see hope?

  8. Very lovely; very mysterious!

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Tish and Janet have said so eloquently what I’m thinking too Sally. It’s a stunning photo.

  10. smilecalm says:

    looks creatively real!
    spring is no illusion
    here in CA 🙂

  11. Moonbeams and dreams, Sally, and the perfect look for this portion of Winter. The backlighting in this photo lends a bit of an ‘X-Files’ effect to the overall image.
    Ω

  12. Stunning but scary photo…

  13. Even before I read what you said about it, your photomontage made me think of the contrast between day and night and the long darkness of winter nights breaking gradually to the longer days of spring. I look forward greatly to the latter and very much appreciate the somewhat longer days we already have!

    janet

  14. Tish Farrell says:

    So much drama in the layers of light and shadow and different textures. Also lots to explore in the different areas of the image.

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