Wednesday Vignette – Bringing up the rear

For as hard as I tried to capture the beauty of fields full of tulips, by far the funniest and most comprehensive shot I took of the annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, was this one. It was frustratingly difficult to capture a clean photograph of the colorful fields, except from one or maybe two select angles. I found myself cursing the obnoxious intrusion of all the cluttered accessories to human entertainment – there was something blocking my sight lines and marring my view, almost everywhere I looked. As we were leaving, the perfect opportunity presented itself with such force, it made me giggle… Yup, you got it – this picture pretty much sums it up!

Tulip festivalYou want to see what the pretty side of things looked like too? Can you see the woman at the top of the picture photographing the couple? She did it against the backdrop of this:

Other than close-ups of tulips, I have several photos framed by this same distant clump of trees – as do probably everyone else who tried to capture the spring tulip glory. It was one of very few – if not the only – uncluttered vista of the festival. Still, the laugh I got out of the first photo more than compensated me for my parking fee! 🙂


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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17 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Bringing up the rear

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Even with the grey clouds it looks cheerful!

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Nothing says spring like the popping up of blue port a potties! Thanks for the morning giggle and the beautiful second shot as well! My Wednesday vignette can be found here:

  3. Alison says:

    Hah! So funny! Great shot and great post title too. I’m participating today, my post is here:

  4. Evan says:

    And I was sad to miss blue poppy day at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden. Missing blue port-a-potty day has me super bummed. lol. Here’s my contribution…er, contributions:

  5. Jenni says:

    Oh the sweet irony! I didn’t make it out there this year so I am enjoying your pics..including the port-a-potties!

  6. Kris P says:

    Given the sheer number of port-a-potties, it’s surprising you didn’t catch human traffic going in and out there too. The field of color is beautiful and worth the wait for a clear shot.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha – you are right! I didn’t think about that… Some visitors in view would have been more natural, wouldn’t it? Mind you, they were probably all busy playing in the bouncy houses.

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  8. I think the cool blue portapotties beautifully complements the hot red and yellow tulips. Also a good example of the importance of hardscaping. Here is my contribution.

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