Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 15) Tree (Series 1, No. #3)

28 January 2019


Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

Tree Series, No. 3, Sally W. Donatello 2019 All Rights Reserved

Tree Series, No. 3, Sally W. Donatello 2019 All Rights Reserved

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


One of the most intimate of human experiences is our intersection with nature, with the planet and its generosity to give life. In this confluence between human nature and nature, we truly are one.

The forest, the cultivated garden each covets their own secrets. Some are revealed upon inspection; some never to be seen by humanity’s intervention. But the noticed can and does incite a verbal and silent dance that inspires our curiosity with nature. Even the misshapen begs for attention. Inner monologues become vocal dialogues.

Tree sleuthing had become a recent avocation. My mission is to capture winter’s minimalistic exhibition of those often overlooked parts of the overstory and understory: the tale of the tree with its immense contribution to our survival.

I’ve immersed in experimentation and the results are black-and-white photomontages that reflect the bare wonder of wintry landscapes. The season spreads its variable lows, icy and snowy conditions, still the bare tree is the sensation, showing artistic forms and shapes that are unseen much of the year. With climate change uncertainty looms cloud-like over how the season will reflect the past, the present and the future. Still, I find gratitude in each season, even winter that chills my bones.


The simplicity of Japanese aesthetic melts my sensibilities. Their simple eloquence inspires quiet consideration. My gardens are filled with rock and stone, and some of the arrangements have been influenced by Zen gardens. If you are inclined toward this kind horticulture or style, please read this article about these extraordinary gardens that are minimalistic within precise artistic elements. It’s titled “10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japanese Zen Masters (by Michelle Slatall and published online 05 February 2018)” is worth the read.

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46 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 15) Tree (Series 1, No. #3)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    This is one beautiful image! What an eye. 🙂 Yes, sometimes it’s all about getting down to the essence, and you have some that so beautifully here, without sacrificing any of the complexity.

  2. Forestwood says:

    Stunning photo, Sally. Your editing skills have really amplified since my last visit. Love the link to the Japanese zen gardens too. Especially as I have only recently returned from Japan during their crimson leaves season. Their gardens exude calmness and serenity the minute you walk through the gate.

  3. That is a gorgeous photo. I really like the blend between negative and positive. And the pattern comes out as something ethereal.

  4. smilecalm says:

    skillful photo
    gets me in touch
    with what i experience
    outside of me, naturally 🙂

  5. Tiny says:

    A beautiful black and white photomontage, Sally! And as always, I like and agree with you “pen” part. Trees are essential for everyone’s existence on this planet. I do thank and touch them on many of my nature walks.

  6. Your photograph has quite a graphic look to it.

  7. Rebecca T. Dickinson says:

    It is very beautiful!

  8. pattimoed says:

    I love how this shot highlights negative and positive space. Lovely, Sally. I’ll take a look at the article too. I’m sure you’re dreaming of spring right now!

  9. bluebrightly says:

    I haven’t been here in a while….saw a comment you left on Otto’s site and clicked over to find this fantastic image. It is really, really wonderful.

  10. Suzanne says:

    I like the interplay of light and dark in your photo. The composition works well as a distillation of winter’s chill.

  11. Lignum Draco says:

    Quite a stark photo which conveys your mission perfectly. The shape of the trees is a key element.

  12. Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós says:

    I love your gorgeous photograph.

  13. I love this B&W series, Sally. The cross-lighting and up-lighting effects of your edit elevate the image to another level to experience, one that I find to be “beyond a photograph.” It is more along the lines of a wood-cut for me.

  14. Su Leslie says:

    I can only agree with Tish and Sue. Wonderful image.

  15. Helen C says:

    My response: WOW! Do I see a bird? Or two? 😉
    I kept staring at these trees, and wonder what if a few branches of the darker tree would extend a little more… Hard to tell without seeing it. I am just wondering.
    Have a great day.

  16. Sue says:

    Love your tree image – a beautifully composed graphic, I love the contrasts.

  17. Tish Farrell says:

    Well I think your tree sleuthing mission has more than paid off with this image, Sally. It’s stark in tone, yet also suggests great vitality (of fresh life to come) in the busily arcing branches.

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