Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 63) – Ode to the Day’s Watercourse

13 July 2020


Oak Leaf Hydrangea; All Rights Reserved 2020 Sally W. Donatello

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Day 125: Living in and among my sanctuary and adjusting my anxiety day-by-day.

My Ode to the Daily Watercourse:

Stay calm. Stay quiet. Stay repose.                                                                                                        Let the morning light inspire seeing anew.                                                                                Ponder.

Mediate and meditate the possibilities.

Begin. Steer the course. Be alert.

Nourish the spirit. Nourish the mind. Nourish the body.                                                           Move onward with determination.

Bend the course with calm, with quiet, with repose, with understanding. Embrace the anxiety. Build the day, to live in the moment,                                                                                To stay calm, to stay quiet, to stay repose, to understand.

To move once again into the great unknown is to open the heart,                                                 To see with multiple lenses is to expand the spirit for change, for challenge.

Stay the course. Search for quiet rebellion. Search for calm, response.

Give this moment the attention it deserves. Give yourself the attention you deserve. Give others the attention they deserve.

Acknowledge inner and outer forces. As curves appear, continue to navigate the daily watercourse with radiant light to replace this dark-hearted moment.


In the Lens section is an oak leaf hydrangea, a gift of the early summery heat. The clusters remind me of humanity’s brilliance. We are various florets in our outer appearance and limitless in our capabilities. Now we must reach for our potential. Embrace possibilities. Use our individual brilliance for the betterment of all.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.





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28 Responses to Nature Photography: Coexistence (No. 63) – Ode to the Day’s Watercourse

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Love the colours in the photo, and the warmth in your words.

  2. Thanks for inspiring words. I think hydrangeas are among one of the most photogenic flowers. Beautifully capture.

  3. Beautifully written and I love the photo💜

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Inspiring word, Sally, along with your terrific image. Much on which to reflect. Thanks.

  5. Prior... says:

    Hi Sally – so much to chew on here
    top takeaway was this one
    “Let the morning light inspire seeing anew. “

  6. restlessjo says:

    I’ve not seen that species of hydrangea before, Sally. Very lovely! 🙂 🙂

  7. That’s a nice soft-glow portrait of the oak leaf hydrangea.

    • Steve, what I adore about the oak leaf hydrangea bloom of early summer is the longer it is left to mature, the more glorious it becomes. As time passes, colors evolve with an even softer patina. Thanks, and I hope that your family and you are healthy and safe in Austin.

  8. Amy says:

    Beautifully done. I love the colors!

  9. Tina Schell says:

    It takes a generous spirit to share innermost thoughts Sally. Beautifully composed post

  10. Silvia Maggi says:

    Beautiful photo and beautiful words, Sally.

  11. Forestwood says:

    Poignant final quote from Dr King and a beautiful complement to the poetic thoughts and meditations you have suggested in this post, Sally. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Ulli says:

    A wonderful picture. More is not to say.
    All the best, dear Sally,

  13. Your poem is such gentle motivation for the circle of reflection, action, and self-care necessary to move beyond cycles of hope and despair. Thank you.

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