Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 37) – Wildflowers

15 July 2019


Wildflowers; Sally W. Donatello 2019 All Rights Reserved

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


Another wildflower meadow has been lingering in my mind for years. As a seasoned gardener, my cultivated spaces are a work in-progress. My current gardens are nearing the twenty-year mark. Still, each season is greeted with its own signature intentions.

This year a wildflower garden was created where a tree had been removed, opening a small area to be designed and re-imagined. It is an optimum location to fulfill dreams about wildness.

After preparation of the soil and freely broadcasting native annual and perennial seeds (to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds), bounty appeared. Delicate and seductive flowers now catch the sun and wind, creating portraits and even shadows of themselves.

Neighbors stop to gaze at the burst of pleasure that each flower spreads. It’s a plot of pure visual ecstasy, especially as each week brings new surprises.

The eye moves slowly across the expanse, bringing a quiet moment in a world speeding through time. One can leap from the outside turmoil to inner peace: flowers as small miracles of nature’s healing. 

In the Lens section is a taste of the glorious wild that brings continuous emotional uplift as the summer proceeds through its dance of heat, humidity and storms. This combination has given my gardens nature’s gentle and intense attention, providing for viewers to indulge in spiritual awakening that bears its own inner wildflower meadow.  

The power of one single flower can melt the heart and nourish mind, body and spirit. The power of a meadow dots not only the landscape, but also transports us to a sanctuary of peace and quietude.


National Geographic online Travel Photo Gallery has a slide show of “19 iconic trees [from] around the world.” Compiled and written by Kevin Johnson it has some awe-inspiring photographs. Here is short introduction:

“A visit to historic or meaningful trees provides a sense of connection to the wonder of the natural world. Vital parts of their ecosystems, trees also spark our imagination, inspire famous books, receive worship, and bear witness to history. Spending mindful, intentional time around trees—what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—can promote health and happiness.”





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38 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 37) – Wildflowers

  1. This pretty arrangement reminds me of my grandmother’s garden – the pleasure of riotous colour and spongy green grass still lingers in my heart after half a century!

  2. buzylizzie12 says:

    Beautifully written, I too, love the first blooms and continued renewal of seasonal blossoms in my garden, not quite mature yet but, you are quite right about that first burst of new colour, shape and prolision as the weeks, and months go by, a lady after my own heart!

  3. smilecalm says:

    i shall offer
    my presence
    to experience
    a single flower’s
    power 🙂

  4. As I clicked on the photo a sense of peace washed over me… Thank you for such a beautiful image.

  5. augustideascom. says:

    Beautiful image. Keep ’em coming!

  6. francisliyali says:

    That’s amazing, I love everything.

  7. Amy says:

    Can’t imagine how beautiful your garden is, Sally. Thank you for sharing the beauty and joy with us. 🙂

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful image Sally. I can feel the joy of your garden.

  9. Such rich colours- love this shot.

  10. How delightfully beautiful, Sally! We saw so many wildflowers in Wyoming this year and it was such a joy. The whole idea of forest bathing is one I love, even if I’m not in the forest. I’ll be forest bathing in the desert next year. 🙂


  11. Lignum Draco says:

    Vividly beautiful. You must take great delight in your garden.

  12. A beautiful image, Sally. 🙂

  13. Beautiful flowers this week, Sally. Thanks so much for the info about shinrin-yoku. I recognize the feeling every time we go to Muir Woods—and all along I have thought that it was just me. I’m going to look further into this practice. Have a blessed week.

  14. Sue says:

    A place of pure visual ecstasy sounds very soothing!

  15. It’s really beautiful. Love the full palette of saturated colours.

  16. Leya says:

    Wonderful! And thank you for the link as well. You must have a gorgeous garden.

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