Wednesday Vignette – ebb and flow

The past few weeks have been intense, to say the least. I feel the need to disconnect, withdraw, shut down… well yes – sit awhile, undisturbed by life’s chatter and noise, rest my eyes on something as quiet as my aspirations, and just breathe.


Rock and water, one hard and unforgiving, the other fluid and malleable to any form, sometimes completely engulfing the other. As with all opposites, each enhances and distinguishes the other, with the sweet spot in the balance, of life’s ebb and flow.

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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18 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – ebb and flow

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Such a peaceful looking photo Anna!

  2. mattb325 says:

    So beautiful – I really love this scene!

  3. Alison says:

    I know that feeling, the need to disconnect, and just sit somewhere tranquil with no demands.

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I feel more peaceful just looking at this image.

  5. Kris P says:

    The image is perfect in capturing your feelings, Anna. I’ve got a vignette to offer this week too:

  6. hoov says:

    Beautiful! Water…love looking at water.

  7. Evan says:

    I love the low clouds/fog shrouding the hills beyond the lake. Those are some of my favorite scenes. They feel quiet and private, perfect for taking a breath and just letting it all soak in. Here’s my offering this week:

  8. Jenni says:

    Calm. Just what I needed to see right now. I hope the busy pace slows down soon for you. I’ve got a little vignette to offer this week:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jenni! I think I’ll be playing catch-up for another week or two, but after that I hope things even out a little. It should help that we just hired three new people – phew! Finally!

  9. I’m familiar with feeling that need to shut down. Very well expressed, and I like the picture too, very evocative of calm.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jason! I finally had a day off today, and spent most of it outdoors, in the garden. It was restorative – as always – even if I didn’t get half of what I wanted done. But, I’m very happy with what I DID get done. 🙂

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