Wednesday Vignette – decay in style!

There is at least as much beauty in these spent remnants as there was at the height of its youth – it’s just a different, a more raw, yet refined kind of beauty. The more I think about it, the more I like to believe this can hold true for the rest of us too – as well as for this magnificent Tree peony. Don’t you agree?

A close-up of the seed capsule.

A close-up of the seed capsule.

I love the range of color in its fading petals.

I love the rich range of color across its fading petals.

Sure - it was pretty here too, but not half as interesting. Aging isn't all bad...

Sure, it was pretty here too, but not even half as interesting – a little more one-dimensional.

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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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – decay in style!

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Pretty, and somehow reminds me of iced chocolate cupcakes with cherry on top too. I’m probably just hungry now!

  2. Kris P says:

    I had a similar reaction to Mark’s – the first photo called to mind a fancy cake! I have a contribution of my own this week:

  3. rickii says:

    R is always appropriating bouquets in their dying stages for still life paintings, saying that they are more interesting than their younger selves. Which just goes to support your point, as if these lovely images were not proof enough.
    Here’s my offering:

  4. Jenni says:

    I think you’re spot on. There is beauty in all stages of life. Here’s my contribution this week:

  5. Laurin Lindsey says:

    I love it…the reality and the fading shapes and shades. Perhaps because I am reaching my 6th decade I appreciate the beautify in every thing….

  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Peonies have such interesting seed capsules and they last much longer than the flowers! I’m also enjoying this seedy time of life! Here’s my Wednesday Vignette post:

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