Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty — No. 53 (Floral Abstraction)

06 August 2018


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, iColorama and Pixlr.

Floral Abstraction; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Floral Abstraction; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

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


The saying goes: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. If that is true, then we have a lot of love and mystery in our lives. But we also have much certainty and uncertainty. For various good and not-so-good reasons, absence comes and goes into our lives and universe. Which means there is room for reactions that blend the real with the imagined, and give us reason to be joyful.

Absence can be revealed in a sundry of effects upon our lives. Sometimes they are brilliant beacons in a life that now has much daily anxiety attached to it. So that surprise brilliance can will itself into an array of interior glorious grace and gratitude.

These out-of-the-blue observations apply to my present state of mindfulness where the almost unexpected and the planned have intersected. This confluence will take me away from my blogging for some time, probably at least four weeks.

With fortune on my side this mini-sabbatical from the internet will bring a huge rainbow to my days and nights. To celebrate and contemplate this short departure I leave you with an image of hope.

What is to transpire in my absence is not necessary to detail. What is essential is the experience, and how it will shape me. That implies hope with capitals to emphasize the actual and the possible.

Until we meet again I’ll graze on the intersection of our lives, and how much my Lens and Pens blog has given me: time to grow creatively and time to meet individuals on similar journeys. Your presence in my life has enriched me and for that I am grateful.

There are countless ways, both positively and negatively, that we find ourselves are actively or clandestinely absent from life, from ourselves and from others. I work to embrace those differences and their effects upon me. While I am absent from this blogging endeavor, enjoy your days and nights,  enjoy every moment of your life.

As a reminder of nature’s splendor, I made a wave of floral wonders. It represents the abundance of the natural world, and the gifts given to me each and every day. And for that I have great certainty and clarity.


Below are three quotes from The New York Times and its current ad campaign on the theme of truth:

The truth challenges unchecked power.

The truth exposes a crisis of ethics.

The truth examines due process.


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32 Responses to Visual Reflections: Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty — No. 53 (Floral Abstraction)

  1. Prior... says:

    Wow – Hope in all caps sounds really awesome – sending good thoughts your way and liked the color in the photo a lot – uplifting for sure –

  2. a beautiful post and love the abstract! I like to blend the real with the imagined too!!

  3. Amy says:

    That is a beautiful abstract photo, Sally!
    Hope everything is going well with you.

  4. I hope you will enjoy the four weeks away from blogging and internet. We all need to get away from the addiction it creates. And you leave us with a beautiful image.

  5. Enjoy your time of reflection. May it bring you new creative ideas which continue to provide the rest of us with inspiration and hope.

  6. Angeline M says:

    I love the color and strokes of abstraction. Fill your well and continue to enjoy every moment.

  7. That shot reminds me of a crystal, Sally. I know you’ll enjoy your time away from the internet and I’m happy you’ll have a chance to get away. I have a struggle these days as I work Friday-Sunday, leaving me little time to catch up with the blogs I follow (and feeling that once I get home, I just want to relax and not be on the computer), but also wanting to visit the blogs I enjoy. Haven’t really resolved that dilemma yet. 🙂


  8. pattimoed says:

    I hope all’s well, Sally. We’ll miss you! I hope you come back with some lovely inspiring ideas and images.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely contemplative image Sally. Enjoy your time away.

  10. I love this abstract effect. A bit like a watercolor brush stroke.
    Enjoy your time off.

  11. Tiny says:

    Loved both your image and the pen message!

  12. smilecalm says:

    wishing you cool pleasant retreat
    towards mind calming
    body relaxing
    oases 🙂

  13. restlessjo says:

    Enjoy your ‘absence’ and thank you for the beautiful image, Sally. 🙂 🙂

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