Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 52): Shades of Climate Crisis and Hope is not Enough

30 December 2019


Shades of Climate Crisis Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2019 Sally W. Donatello

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


May Stevens (1959-2019) once said of her life as a painter and an activist: “The idea was to make your own life by taking action and going beyond ordinary existence. Just earning a living, not living a mental life, and not trying to change things was a life that was frightening to me. You become human only when you make this great struggle for realizing your life and making it count.”


My Ode to 2020:

Winter officially arrived a little over a week ago, yet the last few weeks have been unseasonable cold and grey. And as the days continue to lighten glacially, my mood fits that trajectory. Still, I cling to the optimist in me, knowing that each day leads to greater illumination.

Over the last few months I have been assessing and processing the intersection between my ideology, philosophy and photography. This process has led me to review my blog and its evolution of content over almost nine years (which astounds me). The journey has led to my own tipping point about this work—work that started with some direction, but escalated into a precise direction: to honor the interaction between nature and human nature.

As the New Year appears with its own cadence, an artist friend and I will meet frequently to experiment and encourage each other’s sense of seeing the world and affects upon our creative works. Inner and outer forces have brought me to this fork in the road.

In the Lens section is a biomorphic photomontage that solicits thoughts about the climate crisis and the worldwide alert that couldn’t be more alarming. My image shows a fragmented silhouette of multiple trees against the dark and some light in the background—a background that forecasts crisis.

We have a decade (give or take) to change this harrowing reality. Each of us can discover ways to steady our own emotional reaction by actions, doing something in our tiny teeny slice of the universe. In whatever way that “doing” translates, it can help us through the days and nights.

I have been aware for decades about living more sustainably and earth friendly, and I continue to do more. But the urgency mounts. My photography and writing are avenues to maneuver the minefields of this human-made crisis.

I keep anxiously waiting and asking: When will the course of the river’s flow change? When will the greater good of humanity and the planet outweigh the greed and power lust of my governmental officials and others around our spinning globe?

Time is ticking faster than I can breathe it inward. Its sound is louder than the silence. But we can do it; we can turn the corner toward healing the planet and ourselves.

Personal awareness through individual activism, community activism and worldwide activism are my dearest wishes for the world’s healthy rejuvenation and renewal. Hope is not enough; our actions and voices are the light in the Earth’s future.

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30 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 52): Shades of Climate Crisis and Hope is not Enough

  1. Love your B&W montage, and I agree what you say about our world and climate. We all sholud make our part, not much time is left. Or better: no time is left, we have to do something now.
    Are people aware of this? Most not yet, at least where I live. Communication can have an important role in this and for sure your visual art and your passionate words will help.
    Yes, the 2020 will be the year for a change.

  2. thirdeyemom says:

    Sally, your words are so powerful and putting them together with your incredible photography are even stronger. Yes, we need to act and now. I’ve done what I can for our family to make a difference and try to also advocate as well. It is purely frightening yet I will not be lose hope nor stop fighting. Now is more critical than ever before.

    • Nicole, thank you for your heartfelt response. Stay tuned for ways to do more. Also, every time that I try to make a comment on your posts, it does not allow me to do it. Please know that I will keep trying, because every once in a while my comments and likes appear. WP is annoying me. But I have other things to keep my thoughts active. Thanks for your continued support, and I admire and respect the work that you do on behalf of women and girls. We need your activism.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Wow, that is so strange. I am not sure what to do to fix it Sally. I don’t get as many comments as I used to and perhaps that is why. But thank you for trying. 🙂

      • Nicole, I’m not sure what WP has done, but often I click to make a “like” or comment and it does not work. I’ll keep trying, because I believe in your advocacy and your dedication.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        I’m so sorry to hear that Sally! I don’t know if I should check with WordPress support and what to do. Sorry too for the late response. Life has been busy. No worries at all though. I know you are out there and that is what counts! Also, not sure if you are on social media but I do post everything on my Facebook page…thirdeyemom. 🙂

      • Nicole, I have never done any other social media other than my blog. I am frustrated that I cannot comment on your site. You do know that I admire the work that you do, and your sense of unrelenting adventure.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        I’ve had issues commenting on other people’s WP sites as well. It won’t let me like posts and I have to always login to comment. Oh well. I hope you are doing ok over there Sally.

      • Nicole, here are you surviving with this health crisis? Hope that you have found ways to get through the days and nights. Everyone has responded differently. It’s extraordinary times. Stay well and safe.

  3. Prior... says:

    The image really shows the tension that comes with climate change talk…
    and love this “each day leads to greater illumination.”

  4. Forestwood says:

    A very pertinent post to bring in the New Year Sally. I like that you are bringing awareness to this critical issue via your photography. If anyone could relate it should be the Australians devastated by fire, yet ironically and cruelly, we have a Government that denies it is happening.

    • Yes, you have the daily angst as we do in this country, a climate denier running the country. In face of the science and the reality (e.g., your brush fires) they continue to keep their heads in the sand, all for corporate gain and power. The result of their assaults is unforgivable, agonizing. Twenty-twenty is the year that the wagons will circle them and the world will do right by the planet and its inhabitants. We must believe and act. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

      • Forestwood says:

        I can’t wait for those wagons to circle! Well said, Sally. I love your optimism.

      • Thank you, and I continue to be hopeful in the face of climate emergency. The human spirit is resilient, and I believe that will make the difference. Twenty-twenty is the year that worldwide cooperation must occur, and I believe that the pressure will continue to mount to create the effort needed to reverse the crisis. Mother Nature and humanity needs everyone to act.

      • Forestwood says:

        I think there are many that wait for governments and others to sort out the problem and continue living their lives in a normal fashion. When that normal fashion is interuppted, they may be galvanised into action. Then we can see real change. Hopefully this decade will see exponential change instead of exponential growth.

      • Yes, unfortunately crisis intervention is usually the way things change. It’s hard to know how many more crisis we need to awaken the powerful and the less so.

      • Forestwood says:

        Well, at least that is a positive that one can draw from a crisis. Intervention gets delivered.

  5. Amy says:

    Thank you, Sally for sharing your process and direction of your vision, well stated.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    Well said Sally. I look forward to seeing your efforts in 2020. May the earth see something of a turn for the better from the efforts of those who love her

  7. Ulli says:

    Very special, dear Sally. All the best for you in 2020,
    Ulli ⭐

  8. babsje says:

    You’re so right, Sally, when you say “Hope is not enough.” Best, Babsje

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