Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 1)

01 October 2018


Taken in Camera+. Edited in Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr.

Coexistence #1; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Nature Photography: Coexistence # 1; 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.


Semi-solitude has cradled me for weeks. This spiritual place was a pause to contemplate and recuperate. Time, of course, continued in the wake of my own slow movement forward.

No need for details, just to say that the other side of weeks and weeks of observation inwardly and outwardly is a delicious chance for new experimentation and self-expansion in ways yet to be realized.

The image in the Lens section seems apt, having meaning beyond the frame holding the secrets of multiple exposures. The edges of light pushing through the layers are beginning to emerge, in heart, in action, in thought. The image is lit to show the way hope appears in subtle ways, the way that optimism can be an inspiration.

The delicacy of spring-blooming climbing hydrangea continues as blossoms enter various stages, drying over the summer months and spying on the sun’s rays. This one plucked and aged flower bract displays the slow loss of its outer face into another façade. The redefined flower is edged in fancy paper-thin petals, lacy and barely visible, but gloriously showy and exuberant. As each layer is created, so is the testament to nature’s bounty for survival. As I added multiple layers of other dried flowers, the image grew in meaning and substance.

The sanctuary of the last two months has given me perspective. And as a result a (slightly) new direction is allowing me to re-imagine my days and blogging life. While commentary and themes about nature will continue to combine with our tenuous times, I’ve always pushed the positive through Mother Nature’s role as the master of the universe. As she works with the help and hindrance from the human condition, Mother Nature acts as the quintessential guardian of the planet.

I pledge to show the inner and outer folds of the natural world, and use my blog as a platform to soothe (I hope) my readers and me. I aim to show how coexistence and symbiosis between nature and human nature is necessary for the well-being of the universe.

As I observe with a nuanced and focused view, the fertile and verdant forest of visual language will be my front seat view. It will be a tangled and wild garden of multiple surprises where the cultivated, tamed and untamed are appreciated and admired. And in that process create various ways to see wildlife. Through double exposures and various layers, the natural world will be shown with adoration and reverence. Nothing is singularly on its own, and certainly nature’s bounty is effervescent and evergreen.

With my focus on coexistence there will be a leaning into the injustice being done by the current administration as it tries to dismantle the work of our ecosystem that has and is being done to honor the planet, work that uses science to show how humans have become the largest contributor to the decline of the planet’s health. My approach uses nature and its intersection with human nature to honor collaboration not assault, and subsequently be a co-collaborator its glorious effects upon humanity.

Strikingly important in my pursuit is the spiritual beauty that surrounds us. I do not have to travel (Although I am smitten with destinations new and old, and do seek their adventures.) to discover a bountiful moment of awe and wonder. They are in my gardens, cities and farms, open spaces, cultivated landscapes, and even the abandoned. Truly, the lure of nature is everywhere from the tiniest wildflowers to invasive  species to native plants to cracks in the sidewalk to shadows on a wall. We just must stop and observe.

I will continue to follow a trail through the cultivated wild, the wilderness and the unknown that is visible and invisible to the naked eye. Our sacred ecosystem gives me hope and optimism. Nature will always have the last say, and I am grateful for that truism.


On the search for uplifting commentary about climate change, I found an inspirational example that speaks volumes about the joys of nature. View this music painting called “The Coexistence of Humans and Nature: A Sheet Music,” which was published by the Sierra Club (by Stacey M. Hollis, 20 November 2014; 4:04 minutes). It’s a tribute to human innovation and the way in which we give nature an elevated platform through art.

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28 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 1)

  1. Amy says:

    Happy to see you are back, Sally! The process of this image is remarkable.

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Very happy to see you back Sally and glad to see your renewed commitment to Mother Nature and our effect on her. Sad to see our progress with regulation moving backwards

  3. Tiny says:

    Loved this post, Sally, with it’s multiple layers in both ‘lens’ and ‘pens’. I also really liked your abstraction.

  4. Very cool! It looks like a polaroid photo with that frame!

  5. Good to have you back again, Sally. Yes, coexistence seems to be so hard to accomplish—maybe more than ever. I love you visual expression of your concern or more correctly the solution to the problem. Soft tones in beautiful coexistence.

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful and welcome back Sally!

  7. Angeline M says:

    So glad to have you and your lovely photography back again. The photo today has me seeing reflections in the large leaf as well as light pushing up from behind.
    Taking a respite can be so good for the soul.
    Welcome back.

  8. Lignum Draco says:

    Lovely artwork as always, Sally. It’s good to see you back with renewed purpose.

  9. I like the layers of light through the images in this photomontage, Sally, and the video link that you provided is outstanding. I look forward to this next phase of your blog/life.

  10. livvy30 says:

    Nice to see you back!

  11. Su Leslie says:

    Welcome back Sally. I hope you are refreshed and replenished. It is wonderful to read your post and exciting to learn about your new focus. Your image is stunning. At first sight, I was reminded of a microscopic slide, offering a wafer-thin slice of nature normally invisible. And actually, that fits quite well with your pledge.

  12. pattimoed says:

    Welcome back, Sally! I’m delighted to see that you have recuperated and are now back to your photography. What a beautiful statement: :I pledge to show the inner and outer folds of the natural world, and use my blog as a platform to soothe (I hope) my readers and me. I aim to show how coexistence and symbiosis between nature and human nature is necessary for the well-being of the universe.” Thanks for bringing some sanity and insight into these uncertain times!

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