Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 60) – Walking on Cracked Ice

09 March 2020


Walking on Cracked Ice; 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.


“Walking on Cracked Ice” is my latest image that envisions my deeply felt concern for the planet and the global environmental crisis. As cracks reveal a cascade of predictions a figure carefully stands on warming ice. It casts the net of today and tomorrow with a quiet beauty of nature even in its labyrinth is destruction. And now the pandemic is added to the global mix.

An apt descriptor, which exemplifies the malaise and tension of the here-and-now in the human (and non-human) journey, is fragility. No matter where we are located, our spirits have been deflated and infiltrated—infiltrated by outside forces that are beyond much of our control. We can respond with informed action, and the notion of complete safety emotionally and physically continues to be out of reach.

When will these multiple lessons striking humanity jolt the response needed? Whether it’s climate crisis, political crisis or health crisis, a trio of fragility hangs over me, over us. So I turn more and more to distractions, any way to keep my mind free of the onslaught.

I’m working at a balance between informed and retreat. Distance is a double-sided answer to our current world order, especially in America. Distance to get perspective about how to cope with so much knocking against our well-being.

And so I welcome spring’s early arrival with greenery and blossoming flowers and rain and blues skies and ground hogs running through my gardens and foxes awakening me in the middle of nighttime and bluebirds flitting around the bird feeders and hellobores with delicate flower heads nodding in the breeze. These visual treats of Mother Nature comfort with their reality and symbolism of renewal and rejuvenation.

I accept her gifts with praise and wonder. I accept their exhilaration even with questions about what tomorrow will harvest through my spirit.



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8 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 60) – Walking on Cracked Ice

  1. Luanne says:

    That is really beautiful. I love the texturey look.

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Your image is perfect for the fragile environment of the day Sally. Let us hope cooler heads prevail and that the frenzied media find something different to harp on soon. Common sense and well-known prevention measures are our best available options.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    Cracked ice is a great analogy to our lives right now. All the pressure, and now the pandemic, brings out the worst in some people. No doubt stories about fights over toilet paper in Australia have reached your news.

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