Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 4)


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

Zinnia Bud and Flower Collage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Zinnia Collage; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

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



Bud and flower converge,                                                                                                          sparing nothing, not invisibility or transparency.                                                                             Or the history that binds each to the other.

Life as art                                                                                                                                               Nature as artist,                                                                                                                             Coexisting as creative partners,

Beams of lightning from the heart,                                                                                                   Flock like blossoms caught by the wind,                                                                                Unleashing the proverbial cup overflowing.                                                                                          As time refreshes our thirst for more.


Blissfully awaiting, Streaks of light beams, Awakening to the stroke of a day’s radiance, Petals proclaiming their prize, A torch lit with patience and promise.


For years I’ve been smitten with buds and the underside of flowers. More often these elements of nature are unseen, being overshadowed by faces of their blossoms. The zinnia in the Lens section is an example, showing a collage of the same zinnia at two different stages of development: the parts usually unnoticed.

This smaller variety of the pink annual was planted late in the summer. Because the landscape continues to be less vibrant as the season changes, this diminutive brought zest to chillier days. I picked the last few this week. The eloquence of the scalloped black edges and its emerald shadings of the bud mesmerized. I was captivated.

Instantly, this discovery reenforced how the hidden are aesthetic treasures to be realized. This small gem reveals what we can so easily miss in our daily lives: the coexistence of bud and flower with their visual appeal as inseparably; their history linked by interdependence. Needing patience to see how they illuminate each others’ presence.


John Muir (1838-1914) was an icon—an icon who was an early supporter of the national parks system. Muir spent his life exploring the wild, and working to preserve and protect its natural and cultural resources. In 1892 he founded and became the first president of the Sierra Club. Here are a few examples of Muir’s  philosophy:

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears.”

“The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.”


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16 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 4)

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Lovely as always Sally!

  2. Tiny says:

    Beautiful post, Sally! You are showing the parts of flowers usually not seen in photos…and they are equally beautiful expressions of nature.

  3. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Well said, Sally!

  4. pattimoed says:

    There are amazing details in nature. It takes a trained eye (like yours) to see them. Beautiful collage and thoughts, Sally! I hope you are well and enjoying this season.

  5. TinyJeremy says:

    Great post

  6. smilecalm says:

    poetic lesson 🙂

  7. One of the reasons I do contemplative walks as well as workout walks in the park is as you said above…so I can see the details. There are so many small beauties right there if we only take the time to slow down and look. Once you start seeing them, the eyes begin to find them everywhere.


  8. Angeline M says:

    The small gems that are overlooked on a daily basis…those are the ones we should be seeing. Your photos absolutely emphasize this. Lovely photography, Sally.

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