Visual Reflections: Nature Photography as Palette in an Age of Uncertainty – No. 1 (Lily Photomontage)

03 July 2017

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Summer Lily Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Summer Lily Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

1. Summer Lily Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Summer Lily Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

As an image maker I spend most of my currency in time as an observer. Mostly, it’s an intuitive approach where I am unconsciously attentive and at the same time intent, but it’s involuntary behavior. Of course, there are times that I set out to do a photo shoot at a specific place and time. These two ways to record nature occasionally intersect across inner and outer boundaries.

My identity is very much linked to my visual connection to the universe that I inhabit and what encircles me. In the here-and-now the planet seems as fragile as my heart. While I know that is not true, it seems real. The assault on precious wildlife, lands and resources by my government is an outright relentless and violent attack upon nature and human nature and cannot be accepted.

A powerful strategy to survive must be to enlighten the spirit and soul through personal action. There are many approaches. One is image making—image making that does not slip by politics or beauty or truth of the planet’s future. When I consider my kind of photographic representation, I always choose the side of Mother Nature that lifts me, pulls me out of reality of the unknown ahead.

Whether a small slice of a stem or center of a flower or cluster of florets or rhythm of a creek, my vision is tied to the environment and the climate as a whole. My vision grabs how nature illuminates our existence and shores our everyday.

Image making can be brave, nondescript, inquisitive, subtle, collaborative, inspirational, dangerous, bewildering, nonsense, provocative, brilliant, authentic, individualistic, questionable. It can burst a notion of what nature is or be undeclared in its message. I aim to explore the line between what is real and what is imagined. Each can incite or be tame. Each can speak volumes or stay silent in repose.

In my quest to record the real and imagined I’ve been experimenting and exploring with photomontage, which is a process allowing two or more layers to recreate the original subject into a likeness or a completely unrecognizable image. In the Lens section are two interpretations of a summer lily. The photograph was composed of the base of the flower, where it proudly holds its glorious, delicate maroon petals. The first (made of two layers) has a dark mood that reflects Americans’ anxiety levels; the second (the same image made with multiple layers) contains hope that the veil will be lifted through individual voices and involvement.

Quotes about the interconnection between nature and human nature:

“The environment is everything that isn’t me.” ~~ Albert Einstein

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. ~~ Stewart Udall”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” ~~ John Muir

“They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.” ~~ Sitting Bull

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Photomontage)

26 June 2017

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

1. Canna and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Canna and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Canna and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Canna and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Most good projects have a beginning and a transformation. Certainly that has been the case with the mobile photography challenge (whose name changed a few times to accommodate the evergreen world of inventions) over the last few years. Technology has given us an array of choices for our tool box, and that in itself has encouraged innovation and risk taking.

Today I pay tribute to all those who have participated in the challenge through their work or by comments. I’ve been especially honored to have a number of loyal participants in the photo community. My heart thanks you, my soul thanks you, most sincerely.

For me it’s been a journey of self-discovery and self-expression and self-experimentation. The journey took me through many permutations of my photography and writing. Mostly, my inner vision has focused more and more on nature, the quintessential master of the universe.

Mother Nature challenges and inspires, awes and tranquilizes, symbolizes life itself, literally and figuratively.

Over the last year there has been a waning of participation in the challenge, which I believe is a normal trajectory. That slowing of entries has encouraged me to take a short and long view of the challenge, and my work as it relates to it. And so the years of my sponsorship of the challenge will be archived in blog heaven. This posting is the finale of the mobile photography challenge.

On Monday, 03 July, I now will use this blog to direct my creative energies, for example, to photomontages—photomontages that will span the spectrum of nature’s abundance. My lens and pens will be a voice for all that nature represents to me, her majestic narrative that keeps the world as we know it spinning round and round.

This space will be a place for my interpretation of nature’s role in and of itself and its interdependence upon human nature and humanity’s everyday life. It will be a platform for advocacy and reverence.

My ongoing challenge through this blog will focus on continual inner experimentation: that place where I push what I see and what I know and what I intend and what I feel and what I intuit.

During this journey my mission is also to create my idea of what I can be and encourage crossing boundaries into unchartered inner and outer worlds. Because seeing is not always believing and believing is not always seeing. I am on a path to breathe new life into my life’s creative efforts.

I will continue to post each Monday, and you are welcome to join my emphasis on the natural world. As I join you on your journey, I hope that you will continue to join me on mine. And we can grow on our individual paths.

In the Lens section is a multi-layered image that is how I imagine this new adventure: brightly abstract and yet longing for definition of my visual and written storytelling through the multitudes of nature’s abundance and inspiration.

Tip of the Week:

Words to ponder about Mother Nature:

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” — Galileo Galilei

“Keep your faith in all beautiful things. In the sun when it is hidden. In the spring when it is gone.” — Roy Rolfe Gilson

“There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles anymore. To me, it’d be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how it has emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.” — Jane Goodall

“Nothing endures but change.” — Heraclitus

“Let the rain kiss you.” — Langston Hughes

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/almost-in-the-street-eats/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/zucchini-fandango-for-sally-ds-photo-challenge/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/mobile-photo-challenge-your-choice-2/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/06/26/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-metamorphosis/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/the-old-and-the-new-and-the-not-quite-what-it-seems/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/on-the-edge-of-emptiness/

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Photomontage)

19 June 2017

Lens:

1. Sundew Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Sundew Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Sundew Photmontage, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Sundew Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Some view the world through a black-and-white lens, as though the small crevices of life do not exist. The complexities of the human condition beg for deeper thought than surface analysis. They ask us to delve and retrieve our innermost forces–forces that give greater meaning to everyday experience. Simplicity does exist, but it also coexists with weightier moments that enter our treasure trove of memories.

The focus on black and white has a mighty longevity of duality of reality vs. imagination. Its best legacy is its use in photography where elements often are fully actualized, layer upon layer in a new version of the subject, visually re-imagined.

In the Lens section are two images that have been converted to monochrome. Last week I posted the original photomontage, and these images are based on it. What the two images show are the power of a shift in perspective or position. With just a small movement within the moisture on the window, the result is a lift in mood.

This change is transferable to our reaction to the outside world. Pierce our day with a bit of sunlight and life can be better. Hang a dark cloud and the day becomes heavy and laden.

Each image exemplifies the gray areas of art and life. The blown-out sundew flowers giving their quiet and yet loud sides, bursting with hopeful light.

Tip of the Week:

From The New York Times the article, “Edith Shiffert, a Poet Inspired by Nature and Her Life in Japan, Dies at 101” (by Margalit Fox and published 11 June 2017): “Edith Shiffert, an American poet whose work was profoundly influenced by the half-century she spent in Japan, died on March 1 (2017) in Kyoto, where she had long made her home…In “The Summer Tree,” the first four stanzas Shiffert uses half- and whole rhymes in alternation. Also rhymed lines shift from one stanza to the next, which gives a sense of rippling movement and leaves tossed by the wind:

“The Summer Tree” (1968)

Since winter ended for this tree, new leaves
filled all the branches, grew, could not restrain
themselves from coming. They will wilt and drop,
be nothing, but for summer they show green.

Light shines all around them. They do not
feel its warmth or shape. They wear the glow
belonging to the season while they grow.
They wear the light, and that is what they are.

The rustle and the texture of the leaves,
the way they look, their smell and taste, do not
concern them on their stems and twigs. Each moves
as air moves, and when winter comes it falls.

Grow is not a word to lightly say.
The tree is there. It uses what it is.
Underground the roots expand. In air
branches rise and spread. The tree is there.”

As a poet and translator (of Japanese) Ms. Shiffert had two-dozen volumes of poetry published. Her poems were known to be direct, short, and simple. For over fifty years she lived in Japan and was influenced by the art of haiku. See an article in the “Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry” (Spring 2009, Vol.7, no. 1). Her poems are a sample of the natural world’s ability to inspire human creativity.

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/mobile-photo-challenge-black-and-white/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/france-black-and-white/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/06/19/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/solstice-imagined-sally-ds-black-and-white-challenge/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/misty-morning/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-061917/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-in-flight/

https://christinejrandall.com/2017/06/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-chalenge-bw-foggy-morn/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-flowers/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6. If you would like to buy a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

How to join this Mobile Photography Challenge: please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:                                                          1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro                                                                                                                    

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice – Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Photomontage)

12 June 2017

Lens:

Sundew and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Sundew and Orchid Photomontage; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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

Pens:

My devotion to nature is unwavering. Her ability to mesmerize is unwavering. And sometimes the partnership between nature and human nature can be so stunningly awe- inspiring that it forces a pause in one’s senses and sensibilities. Such a reaction and mind- healing experience occurs each and every visit to Longwood Gardens, a premier horticultural center in Pennsylvania, USA. It’s jewel after jewel of treasures for everyone who can partake in its pleasurable and sumptuous visual gifts.

During my most recent visit last week with my grandson, we lingered at the carnivorous plants that continue to intrigue him. While we’ve savored the times that flowers appeared on these tropical plants, this time brought new sightings.

While this photomontage in the Lens section may not seem a macro, it is indeed a combination of two images that are up close and personal. The sundew, a Pitcher plant, flowers in June through July. Fortune gave us these teeny tiny white flowers to savor, which are little more than a quarter of an inch in diameter, as a gem of a surprise.

These diminutive florets reminded me of a delicate wind flower, small enough to lure and punch the imagination and stunning enough to inspire. The purple-red orchid (from a visit last month) lent itself to the montage. The white dainty flowers on the sundew reached into the light that swept itself through the frosted windows. They kept my attention and that first discovery of joy remains to soothe my thoughts.

Tip of the Week:

Here are a few examples from “24 of the Most Beautiful Quotes About Nature” from an article posted on Buzzfeed by Jarry Lee (Buzzed Staff) on 22 April 2015. Here is a selection:

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” —John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“The earth has its music for those who will listen.” – George Santayana

Others quoted include Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Jane Austen, Rachel Carson, and Lord Byron. To view the entire selection, click here.

Other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/mobile-photo-challenge-macro/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/a-garden-report-for-sally-ds-macro-photo-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-in-a-mexican-market/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/neither-land-nor-sea/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/scenery-posterised/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6. If you would like to buy a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.                                                                                                             How to join this Mobile Photography Challenge: please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:                                                           1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro                                                                                                                    

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice – Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Spring’s Peony as Inspiration)

05 June 2017

Lens:

1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

I feel the weight of reaction, the weight of battle ahead. There is no way for me to express my emotional angst. The administration of my country has committed a huge injustice to humanity and the planet. For the U.S. to withdraw from our commitment to the Paris Accord is a crime against the present and the future.

All I can do is give you a sample of Mother Nature’s incredible legacy: a Spring flower of luscious delicacy in color, design and presence. The peony is a symbol of a flower’s ability to heal when our hearts and minds are wounded, when our hearts and minds are troubled, when our hearts and minds are tested.

I honor Mother Nature with her jewel that represents a transition time between spring and summer as more and more light fills our days. Each bough has a myriad of petals–fringed and irregular–that are layered in a circular design that brings a sense of chaos and calm all at once. These characteristics are emblematic of nature today, because global warming and climate change in its many dimensions and variations are prevalent and widespread.

Each of us must do our part to honor nature’s majesty and protect her future. It is baffling to me that there are still people who do not understand how the human animal is inextricably linked to the health of the planet. I’m simultaneously nonplussed and hopeful.

Tip of the Week: I wanted to offer a Tip of the Week that focuses on nature in a way that uplifts the spirit. Last year at a TED Summit the following TED Talk was given: Nature is everywhere—we just need to learn to see it (filmed June 2016 and runs 15:52) by Emma Marris.                                                                                                                                               From TED Talks website are some encouraging words about her presentation: “Emma Marris is a writer focusing on environmental science, policy and culture, with an approach that she paints as being ‘more interested in finding and describing solutions than delineating problems, and more interested in joy than despair.’ I hope that you find a sense of hope in her point of view. I did.

View other entries in today’s challenge:
https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/see-the-world-differently/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/sally-ds-smart-devise-challenge-the-nature-of-an-ancient-mother/

https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2017/06/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-2/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/here-in-the-south/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/the-light-always-comes-back/

https://christinejrandall.com/2017/06/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-2/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6. If you would like to buy a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.                                                                                                             How to join this Mobile Photography Challenge: please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:                                                           1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro                                                                                                                    

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice – Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Mother Nature’s Influence)

29 May 2017

Lens:

1. Macro Macro Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Macro Macro Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Crab Apple Blossom; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

Pens:

Nature offers limitless inspiration, especially as each of her progeny easily can influence human nature. She spills onto the human arena through, for example, elements of art and design. They manifest themselves with a steady force and imprint; they become inextricably linked to our inventiveness.

Mother Nature’s aesthetics continually encourage my own experimentation. Winter’s spare individualism pushes what has often been unseen by other seasons’ narratives. But Spring, which is magically unfolding in my part of the world, is stacked with day-to-day discoveries–discoveries that push our visual senses and explode creative boundaries. This spiritually-charged season forces perceptions to surface and find meaning.

In the Lens section is a reinterpretation of a crab apple blossom. It is a macro slice of that flower’s daring designs, tiny cloud-like abstract petals meant to hide in plain sight. To move from the original (click here) image was a process of intuition mixed with fixation on an idea of the flower’s hidden dimensions. The two images are only slightly different, showing a bolder side of a Spring’s early blossoming.

Design characteristics found in nature are a constant instigator of human creativity. Nature wields a powerful wand and we respond with marvel and possibilities.

Whether hidden or brazenly in front of us, these influences have brought insight and innovation into humanity’s story. Mother Nature convinces us to be in the moment or even lounge in appreciation of her wonder, rendering each part of the natural world significant to our own inner and outer survival.

Tip of the Week:

In the search for the “Tip of the Week” I found a relevant TED Talk from 2014. “The World’s Best Creative Director: Nature” by Helen Walters, editorial director at TED, shares an interview between Tim Brown and Janine Benyus.

From TED Talks’ website: “What’s that too-often quoted aphorism? “Good artists copy; great artists steal”? In this nuanced conversation, biologist and founder of Biomimicry 3.8 Janine Benyus speaks with Tim Brown, chief executive of IDEO, to discuss what’s really interesting about borrowing.”

Benyus and Brown discuss how we learn from nature. It’s worth the read.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/29/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/anticipating-passion-flower-for-sally-ds-photo-challenge/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/fun-with-the-digital-colouring-in-book/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/photographic-minimalism/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6. If you are interested in purchasing a print or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead.

How to join this Mobile Photography Challenge: please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Here is the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:                                                                                            1st Monday: Nature                                                                                                                           2nd Monday: Macro                                                                                                                              3rd Monday: Black and White                                                                                                         4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Portraits of a Siberian Iris)

22 May 2017

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed

1. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed

2. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Siberian Iris; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.

“Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.” — Gloria Steinem

Pens:

Every flower has its own narrative and personality. But some flatter your attention with gusto, and dazzle with design, intensity, patterns, vibrancy… Their lure is undeniable; their style is majestic. Spring’s Siberian iris is such a visual jewel.

This iris is delicate and short-lived. Nonetheless, it’s dimensionality and textual grace make it both complex and simple in its depiction. How to even describe one’s reaction to such a beauty: well, sometimes the image is enough.

The visual transforms senses and thoughts. The forces of a single bloom is memorable, and groupings are sensational. These stars of the season are silent in gesture, but loudly vocal in their offerings. They make quite an impression.

In the Lens section are my portraits of one such deeply purple Siberian iris. As a perennial their presence spreads, and takes center stage in mid Spring. When they have hit their final phase, long eloquent green shoots stay for weeks as reminders. These clusters of flat leaves dance in the wind, and give solace in the continual blossoming of the season’s gifts.

Tip of the Week:

Nature is my muse, and flowers is a recurring subject for my photo shoots. The iPhone Photography School has many articles that inform about the use of Smartphones as the lens that stirs one’s enthusiasm. Click here to read “10 Tips for Stunning iPhone Flower Photography” by Rob Dunsford and posted on 21 June 2015. The photos and tips, such as shoot indoors (where my images were taken), will remind or inform you about ways to photograph gems of nature.

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/a-connoisseur-of-comfort/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-mopop-building-the-emp-museum/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2017/05/22/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-old-rose-show-sally-for-ds-mobile-photo-challenge/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-misty/

https://wordandimagecollages.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/rocks-as-energy/

https://chasingtheblooms.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-052317/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/taken/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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