Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 40 (Spring Collage)

23 April 2018


Taken in Polamatic and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

'Bonfire' Rosaceae Collage; All Rights Reserved Sally W. Donatello

‘Bonfire’ Rosaceae Collage; All Rights Reserved Sally W. Donatello

Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this collage. Prints are available upon request.


On a recent stroll through the university’s botanic garden I was enchanted by the seduction of a flowering tree that I have never seen: Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’ Rosaceae. It wasn’t just the gentle pink of the petals and the fancy interiors. But it also was the brush of light and shadows across their faces, blossoms whose grace were distinguishable by the way each reached toward the sunlight.

Even after my attention changed its direction around the gardens, little engaged as that flowering tree did. But there was little emerging to charm. The season has been glacial and temps are seesawing, frustrating gardeners and (well) everyone. But those jewels already had been transformed for waiting visitors.

The strength of their delicacy and eloquence was touched with dark shadows by morning light beams. They perked my inner need for such floral radiance. Most trees are not in the bud stage, and green shoots are not as advanced as usual. But we know there is no usual any more. As the world turns with climate change, so does the uncertainty of nature’s schedule.

In the Lens section is a collage of two views of these early spring blooms. The ‘Bonfire’ Rosaceae took such hold of me that it was quite a while until I moved onto another section of the gardens. Without a doubt these stunning florets and the tulips were the center of my interest, and just enough to push the senses into a state of quiet exultation.

Note: Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, and truly Mother Earth needs as much celebrating as we can muster. A word that rose to the occasion is biophilia. For you words fans it is a gem that had me humming its sing-song melodic pronunciation. Its definition is one that fits honoring the planet that supports our very existence: “the love of life and the living world” (from I wish that everyone felt about the wonders of nature as those of us who work as stewards for the earth, embracing every day as a tribute to the collaboration between nature and human nature. But regardless of your devotion, everyone can do a small or greater contribution to sustain our planet. It’s the perfect season to plant a garden. Gardens can be created in the earth or containers. For example, plant pollinators that support agriculture and its various byproducts. Flower and herbs gardens are a perfect beginning. Happy planting.

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36 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty: No. 40 (Spring Collage)

  1. Tiny says:

    Very beautiful collage!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful Sally, after those beauties surely more glory will follow!

  3. Aquileana says:

    Such a special flowering tree… Love the way your describe it (and how you came across it) in the Pens´section… The photographs are remarkable.
    As to Earth Day… let´s hope we keep on doing things to improve our “Home”. Raising awareness helps as well. Thank you, dear Sally!. Love & best wishes, my friend. Happy weekend 🙂

  4. For a nature photographer, every day is an earth day.

  5. lindaly giraldo marroquín says:

    El sonido del viento entre el follaje delos árboles, es una melodía que acaricia mi alma…..mi imaginación vuela.

  6. Amy says:

    You captured the Beauty of the colors and details. 🙂

  7. I have never seen a Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’ Rosaceae, neither. And what flowers it carries! Beautiful images.

  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful Sally! I can hardly wait for flowers and trees to start blooming!

  9. Oh, Sally, I love these delicate and beautiful blossoms. I adore the colors. They’re very hard to turn away from! Well done!

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  11. restlessjo says:

    They’re lovely, Sally 🙂 🙂 We had a 3 day flurry of Spring which has been a wonderful boost for the spirits. Our amelanchier is blossoming beautifully this year.

  12. Luanne says:

    Simply glorious!

  13. What lovely, vibrant color, Sally! I’m embracing the green grass these days, some yellow of daffodils, and waiting more or less patiently for the other colors of spring to gradually emerge. The sunshine and warmer temperatures will satisfy me for now, though. 😉


  14. These shades of burgundy, purple and mauve are delightful, Sally. I like the immersive feeling of the closeup image on the left.

  15. pattimoed says:

    “Floral radiance”–indeed! Lovely images and words to match! Hope your week has plenty of radiance (sunshine and warmth).

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