My Favorite Photos of 2014

I’ve seen several of my blogger friends posting their Top Ten pics of the year, so I figured I’d play copy cat, even though this was a pretty crappy year for photos for me – as anyone who saw my recent lamentation on the matter knows. Oh well – you work with what you’ve got, right?

My dear kitty Manneman staring out at all the white. I  can just sense his consternation...

My dear Manneman Tso-Tso staring out at all the white. I can just sense his consternation…

I am a gardener, but I also love snow. I get my fix on Mt. Hood.

I am a gardener, but I also love snow. I get my fix on Mt. Hood.

When the Appleblossom Clematis blooms, you know spring has come.

When the Appleblossom Clematis blooms, you know spring has come.

 

For no other reason than that it was one of the few that wasn't blurry.

For no other reason than that it was one of the few that wasn’t blurry.

This was taken when I discovered  the reason they are called Tassel Ferns.

This was taken when I discovered the reason they are called Tassel Ferns.

Red lilies always makes my heart beat a little faster.

Red lilies always makes my heart beat a little faster.

Aeonium 'Schwartzkopf' - also one that wasn't blurry. :)

Aeonium ‘Schwartzkopf’ – also one that wasn’t blurry. 🙂

Detail of a sculpture from the first night of the Fling.

Detail of a sculpture from the first night of the Fling.

There's just something really alluring about a horse on a roof.

There’s just something really alluring about a horse on a roof.

A broken off Begonia floating in a water feature.

A broken off Begonia floating in a water feature.

Another snapshot from the Fling - post yet to come!

Another snapshot from the Fling – post yet to come!

My Aloe, enjoying the sunniest window in the house.

My Aloe, enjoying the sunniest window in the house.

I found the dark ribs and the color of this Colocasia fascinating!

I found the dark ribs and the color of this Colocasia fascinating despite its blurriness.

One of the best parts of fall - the incredible cob webs that seemingly appear overnight.

One of the best parts of fall – the incredible cob webs that seemingly appear overnight.

I fell in love with those grass seeds that appear like the trace of a lightning bug.

I fell in love with the grass seeds that appear like the trace of a lightning bug.

One of the first pictures I took with my new camera. I'm truly terrified it will meet the same fate as the other one...

One of the first pictures I took with my new camera. I’m truly terrified it will meet the same fate as the other one…

We've gone full circle - it is cold again.

We’ve gone full circle – it is cold again. 

The last two photos were taken after Christmas with my new camera. I have a feeling the Fave Photos of 2015 are going to be better – that is, of course, if I can refrain from causing the camera harm. I hereby pledge that I will do my damnedest to keep it safe. But, that’s about as far as I will go in making any resolutions. Happy 2015 to you all!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to My Favorite Photos of 2014

  1. Lovely collection of photos! I have a similar one of my big black dog staring out to his domain. Love the icicles…though you can keep the cold weather…. 🙂

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Janet! Yes, yesterday I had to bring the hummingbird feeder in to thaw – it was frozen solid! It was still liquid this morning. I take that as a good sign that “normal” is on the way back! 🙂

  2. Rose says:

    Fantastic photos, Anna! Judging by the photos on your last post, too, you’re going to have a fabulous year in taking photos. The picture of the icicles is especially good; I think it’s been colder and snowier in Portland than here in the Midwest this winter. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Rose, and all good wishes to you too! Yes, a good camera makes a HUGE difference! I think you’re right about the cold, but I wish it would snow more (but only on the mountain). Still doing that snow dance… 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    Happy 2015 to you too! There are some lovely photos here, the Begonia and Mt. Hood especially. There is no stopping you now, your photos this year will be superb.

  4. rickii says:

    These are impressive. Armed with new camera, you are going to be downright dangerous.

  5. Loree says:

    What a great collection! I look forward to more from you in the new year.

  6. Fantastic photos! I love them. I also got a new camera this year. It’s nothing fancy but I sure can tell the difference. I’m constantly making sure I’ve got the wrist wrap on. I’m so paranoid about dropping and breaking it.

  7. Kris P says:

    Despite your protestations, these are all great photos Anna. Best wishes for a happy new year with no camera mishaps!

  8. hb says:

    Wonderful photos. The horse on the roof is indeed irresistible, and the Floramagoria shot brings back happy memories. A good way to start 2015. Now I think maybe I need a horse on my balcony!

    • annamadeit says:

      I think you definitely need a horse on your balcony! Unless, of course, you can talk one of your dogs into assuming a pose…? I think they would look pretty stellar too.

  9. Anna, you have such a wonderful eye…being a designer and all! I really can’t wait to see your top 10 of 2015.

  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your photo collection is wonderful! Happy New Year and happy new camera!

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