Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 34) – Magnolia Collage

24 June 2019


Magnolia Photomontage; Copyright © 2019 Sally W. Donatello

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Friday the summer solstice swept into emotional view with low humidity, gentle winds and clear cloudless skies. The water table overfloweth, which has my spring garden looking as though it is mid summer.

Since the solstice arrives with a “lengthening” of the day—the longest in a year, the day was awash in a glow that illuminated not only the landscape but my heart. I grabbed the here- and-now and felt the celestial energy running through my veins. The rhythm of the nanoseconds could be felt just as the natural world spread a message of possibilities.

The gardening life does allow for a slip into a safe haven, a sanctuary that rescues time and suspends all negative feelings. Gratitude wings its way through me, how fortunate to have passions to steer my course: a quartet of life savers and life sustainers: nature, photography, reading and writing. Each sits within my core and gives meaning and sustenance at a juncture in history when purpose has become even more necessary.

To define one’s path in a world that seems to be self-destructing gives each of us a chance for personal growth: defining and redefining who we are and what we want and how we will manage to shore our own self and still work towards the greater good. Creating a personal philosophy is a life devoted to experimentation. and self-direction.

To exercise balance in an age of imbalance is a significant challenge. To keep one’s mental energy thriving under “normal” circumstances is tough, but to continue forward in 2019 is painfully tough. Without forgetting we must move onward; without forgetting we must find a way to recognize everyone’s contribution—everyone’s part in the evolution of our republic and universe.

As the solstice signals additional daylight, the inner glow increases. Self-reflection clings to those beams, and creates the belief that humanity will rise to up and slay the dragons of destruction.

Mother Nature and human nature depend on seeing, really seeing what needs to be accomplished in order for time to continue as we know it. As the summer solstice reminds us, time can only continue as long as we recognize its presence.


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6 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 34) – Magnolia Collage

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Especially loved your closing thought Sally. Well said indeed.

  2. Su Leslie says:

    Beautifully said.

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