Visual Reflections; Nature Photography in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 33 (Misty Photomontage)

26 February 2018


Taken in Camera+. Edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

Misty Morning Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Misty Morning 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.


There is an yin/yang quality to the last two weeks. While my country continues on a seriously scary trajectory, Mother Nature has given my region a relief from the fierce cold of winter. This reprieve cannot provide healing, but it does allow some diversion.

I woke up this morning to a gentle rain that easily tranquilized my earliest thoughts. For those of us who long for spring, it seems our wishes may be answered. Crocuses and daffodils are pushing their way out of the earth and pointing skyward. Bluebirds are grazing on suet and filling my soul with bliss. Animals are mating.

These magical notes boost my spirits. They signal the move from winter’s clutches, and a step forward to an explosion of nature’s miraculous season of renewal.

Misty views seem prevalent. Days and days of early morning fog, rain and that hypnotic mist, which inspires introspection and silence to search the inner voice of reason. Or turn and become mystified by daring thoughts of deeds yet to be performed.

Last year February also was unseasonably warm, and this month has taken a parallel course. Does this mean February is the new March? Climate change does its duty to get our attention. Meanwhile I adore these mild days that traditionally bring frigid temps and snowy landscapes.

Green shoots give me hope in troubled times. Nature has an ability to show the best of what can be, and reflects what we can be. If only we would heed to her voice.


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24 Responses to Visual Reflections; Nature Photography in an Age of Uncertainty: No. 33 (Misty Photomontage)

  1. alexraphael says:

    So much detail in this photo 🙂

  2. Debschill says:

    I thought of the story behind the image. Fantastic Photo. My imagination went wild 🙂

  3. Tina Schell says:

    A very different post for you this week Sally. The photo is lovely, especially when enlarged. This one really did need the extra click because of its depth. Hope the storm spares you from its worst!

  4. pattimoed says:

    Lovely, thoughtful post, Sally. Your image is perfectly suited to b & w. I hope the spring weather continues and brings you happiness!

  5. It’s sad how things keep turning into worse these days. It’s indeed sad times. I do see this expressed in your montage, but maybe more as a longing for past times. It’s a beautiful photo.

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the misty quality of your photo, Sally, particularly how it contrasts with the texture of the concrete wall. You have successfully combined uncertainty and hard truth into one image.

  7. Angeline M says:

    A really beautiful montage to ponder; a seeming analogy to our times right now…darkness and then light.

  8. restlessjo says:

    Interesting shapes and textures, Sally. 🙂 🙂 I’d like it in colour too.

  9. Tish Farrell says:

    I love this image, Sally. I was playing about with something similar, but not so striking up at the allotment a few days ago – sunset light through old glasshouses in monochrome. If your Feb is unseasonably warm, ours is being more wintery than I remember – all month and set to continue, though we have some spring flowers too.

    • Tish, as you, I find the beauty in monochrome. There are benefits to the ground freezing, and we have had weeks of that in December and January. Now we’ve had so much rain that the ground is soaked. And I think about the areas of the world that are in drought. On a lighter note I’m sure that you are dreaming about spring plantings. Thanks for your response to my image.

  10. Beautifully expressed sentiments!

  11. Amy says:

    This image is poetically beautiful, Sally! The light and shadow are perfectly captured.

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