Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 5)

29 October 2018


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Stackables.

Crepe Myrtle Clusters of Berries; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

Crepe Myrtle Clusters of Berries; All Rights Reserved 2018 Sally W. Donatello

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


The eloquent and photogenic crepe myrtle keeps me attentive, especially in autumn. Its shedding bark and cluster of berries are a visual menu for the senses. Truly, its magnetism pivots with the seasons.

The US election is so near that anxiety levels are escalating to new heights. Every day brings another assault. Every day brings incalculable uneasiness.

Clearly, the image and text in the Lens section speak volumes about my ideology and political philosophy. Little else needs to fill this space.

Save democracy, vote.                                                                                                                          Save the planet, vote.                                                                                                                               Save humanity, vote.                                                                                                                         Save Mother Nature, vote.


“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Voting is the foundation for political action.” Martin Luther King

“Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.” — Barbara Boxer

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” John F. Kennedy.

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16 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 5)

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful and I couldn’t agree more. Why people don’t vote just angers me. We are so lucky to live in a democracy when in so many places around the world people have absolutely no say. When we do have a say, why wouldn’t people vote? It is crazy. I tell you, the last two years have really humbled my perception on this country. So divided. So much hatred on both sides. It really is sad.

  2. Luanne says:

    Looks like an illustration, and I mean that in a good sense!

  3. It’s a lovely photo, very soothing in these disturbing times. The question with the US election—at least in my perspective—is unfortunately how much democracy is left in this damaging process.

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely image; and powerful message Sally. We can only keep getting the message out and hope it takes hold.

  5. Powerful words combined with a beautiful image, Sally. Nice work & and timely message.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Well said Sally. Crepe Myrtle was my dads favorite so your beautiful image was a nice memory for me

  7. Ulli says:

    Dear Sally, you are so right with the things which we have to save! It can not be, that old men with their old thoughts bring the world backwards!
    All the best to you

  8. You quoted John F. Kennedy: “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” Unfortunately, American public schools have largely given up teaching civics—or if they do teach it, they don’t hold students responsible for learning it. Many high school “graduates” can’t tell you what the three branches of our government are, can’t name a single Supreme Court justice, don’t know how many senators each state has, can’t mention any of the rights preserved in the Bill of Rights, don’t know how a bill becomes a law, etc. Many college “graduates” are just as bad.

    • Civic engagement is one of the most critical parts of living in a democracy. I believe the younger generations are more aware and becoming involved on various levels, the most important being voting. The election will be a litmus test. Thanks for your comment.

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