Nature Photography: Coexistence (no. 54) – Nature’s Resilience Inspires

13 January 2020


Nature’s Resilience Photomontage; All Rights Reserved 2020 Sally W. Donatello

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


There is no need to reiterate the devastation being waged on Australia, on nature and humanity. Suffice it say, this horrific event is causing damage that may never replace the loss. The animal population alone is cause for great distress. It’s a horrible way to bring attention to the present and future that we have created. But crisis intervention is a known fact that forces action. Still, the Australian government has chosen not to act.

And so the rest of us must help. Here is an article from The New York Times that lists organizations that are supporting this human-made and natural destruction:  “How to Help Victims of Australia’s Fires: The deadly wildfires, fanned by wind and fueled by scorching heat, are raging across the southeast of the country,” by Christine Hauser and Laura M. Holson (06 January 2020).

If you want a quick and easy way to contribute, here’s the information: WIRES, or the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Donations can be made online, by telephone and through Facebook and PayPal.

The escalation of climate-related disasters continues. Nature and human nature suffer in tandem, and thus our interdependence is center stage. Still, for the very short-term Mother Nature and human nature exhibit their resilience and power to forge ahead.

Fires are part of the history that heals and rejuvenates, demonstrating a pattern in natural history and science. Fire hurts everything in its pathway. Even great devastation results in rebirth in forests and on  land. But the rage in the Australian fires is beyond what we have seen in my country, and the hurt grows.

These stories of worldwide climate emergency motivate me to create some lingering optimism. In the Lens section is my interpretation of how the earth renews itself with circles of hope rolling across the earth as it heals and rejuvenates. Resilience is power.




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18 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (no. 54) – Nature’s Resilience Inspires

  1. Wow. This is like an image from the old TV series The Twilight Zone.
    Glad to report that Samaritan’s Purse Canada has volunteers and staff working in Australia. And the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada has crisis-trained volunteer chaplains offering emotional & spiritual support to residents and first responders.

  2. it’s a powerful image and thank you for this post.

  3. Virginia Duran says:

    Hi Sally, nice photo and good shout to nature and climate. Also, happy 2020 from London 🙂

  4. It’s a strong image…well done…strong…

  5. Ulli says:

    Dear Sally, well done!!!
    About the nature and the climate, I am not afraid the nature, it will find ways, how it always founded ways to survive, to build up new forms of living. The humans are the one, who care to less about nature, animals, trees and plants, they destroy a lot and now they get more and more afraid, but they don’t stop their actings.
    All the best,

  6. I think this looks like some sort of sci-fi photo, Sally. I like it.


  7. Su Leslie says:

    It’s a powerful image Sally. My new mantra for the year is proactive hopefulness; doing whatever I can each day to make a difference and keep my hopes alive.

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