Wednesday Vignette – a walk in the park

Although these photos were taken during a spring outing, the trees look much like they are starting to do, now that most of their leaves have fallen. This week has been very rainy here in Portland, and I suppose I just needed to see some blue skies. As for composition, I love the strong verticals with the soft, fluttery horizontals. There is something very sophisticated about that pattern. Say what you will about winter, but it really brings out the structure of the natural world quite beautifully.

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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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28 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a walk in the park

  1. Fascinating linear theme

  2. Pauline says:

    Really beautiful, the strong verticals contrasting with the fluttery horizontals, perfect!

  3. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    One of the best things about winter is the exposed structure of trees, especially against a blue sky or sunrise/sunset. 🙂

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Thank you for the welcome sight of blue sky! It’s clear but very cold here today after our week of gloom and storms. Freezing temps are predicted for next week. Yikes, I’m not ready! You’re right, winter does bring out the structure of trees beautifully. My offering for WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh yes, I heard about the devastating storms in WA – very scary… We had blue skies for most of today, but it’s raining now. I hope it stays above freezing for a while yet – here as well as up where you are. Fingers crossed…

  5. Luisa says:

    Yes! I love the beauty of winter. Time’s arrow, time’s cycle…

    Finally got a vignette posted before Thursday:

  6. Alison says:

    Yes, I love looking at the limbs of deciduous trees against the rare autumn, or winter, blue sky. Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:

  7. Evan says:

    I was going to say, these photos reminded me of the time I spent on the east coast and in Wisconsin. Then I saw your response to another comment that these scenes are from Ohio! No wonder. I wish I could look on them more fondly, but I missed green conifers and broadleaved evergreens terribly in those winters. At least when the skies are grey here, we have green to look at. Here’s my vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I agree. I think it’s nice to have a little bit of both. Once when studying phenomenology in architecture school, we had to write about the place we felt most at home in. I pictured myself standing ankle-deep in moss, with the warm rays of sun filtering down through the canopy of conifers. This was a memory from my childhood Sweden. I’d say I fit pretty well in here in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂

  8. Beautiful. Bare trees are about the only thing I like about winter. I would be perfectly happen to live near the equator where it’s always warm 🙂

    My vignette this week is season-independent:

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – you are more heat tolerant that I, Gerhard. I have entertained the idea of living in the tropics, but I’m pretty sure, I would spend my time wanting to crawl out of my skin if I did. I’m happy when it cools off a little. 🙂

  9. Great shots! One of my favorite things about bare trees are seeing all the nests exposed. It’s amazing how many I can see just in quick walks around our ‘hood. Lots of newly bare trees too after yesterday’s storm. My vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, I’m always filled with a feeling of loss when the last leaves are gone. When I was driving to work last week, I drove through this dreamy scene with golden yellow leaves against all the green – all wrapped in this moist, misty fog. It was breathtaking!!! I cursed the fact that I couldn’t slam on the brakes and snap a few photos – the picture is etched into my memory with no way to share. Of course, after yesterday, it’s all irretrievably gone… except in my head.

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  11. Denise says:

    Your photos make me want to turn up the heater! From bare trees to fleshy agaves:

  12. Kris P says:

    The somber browns provide a beautiful contrast to the bright blue sky, Anna. I hope you see blue sky in Portland again soon!

  13. bergstromskan says:

    This is what I saw some years ago in Blenden Woods, Columbus OH. By rain, otherwise grayish trunks were almost black, and Beech leaves creating light clouds as lovely contrast. I did not have a camera, but I am always looking for something similar again. Rain and fall/winter. How beautiful.
    Thank you

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