Wednesday Vignette – Ice

On Monday, Portland was paralyzed by ice rain – one of the most beautiful weather occurrences I know. Yes, I know it’s dangerous. And yes, I know the sheer weight of it can break things. But it’s still devastatingly beautiful to see. The entire world is coated in a thin layer of glass that sparkles and reflects illusions of actual dimensions, not unlike a Hall of Mirrors. If the sun comes out, the crystalline sense intensifies even more. There was a hint of sunshine toward the afternoon, but for the most part, it was an overcast day. As the temperature slowly started to rise, I took my camera and ventured outside. I wish I could have photographed the sounds; soft, melodic drips followed by noisy crashes from every corner of the garden. After listening to this gradual release for a while, I started hearing birds. It was as if a a petrifying spell had been broken, and everything was awakening once again. Just like Sleeping Beauty.


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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31 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Ice

  1. Beautifully described

  2. Pauline says:

    Amazing and so beautiful!

  3. The ice does make things seem a bit otherwordly, as if everything has been hand dipped in crystals. 🙂 I’m glad it wasn’t so heavy you lost tree limbs.

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

    I had forgotten about the sound of the ice — quiet with tinkling, cracking, and once in a while the louder crack of tree branches. Beautiful for two of the three important senses for the garden!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I forgot about the tinkling! I had this sense when I wrote it that I was missing a sound, and I just couldn’t think of it. Thanks for completing my sentence!! The glittery tinkling was a major part of the experience. 🙂

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    You’re right, dangerous but incredibly beautiful and the atmospheric experience of it is marvelous. Gorgeous image! My WV contribution is here:

  6. Alison says:

    I remember the noisy crashes from a few years ago when we had a bad ice storm. It wasn’t just the ice that was coming down, it was lots of big Douglas fir boughs. My garden was a mess!

  7. Indeed when I was out photographing (posted on the blog yesterday) the noises all around me were such a big part of the experience! Today I welcome a quick flashback:

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  10. Denise says:

    Vivid description of something I’ve never experienced — all I’ve got is rain!

    • annamadeit says:

      I’ve seen footage of rising water levels in some places down there. Hope you and yours are all safe, and that the rain is falling slowly enough for the parched soil to absorb where you are. Those photos of flooding were terrifying…

  11. Such a beautiful photo, Anna. I agree with you that an ice storm is one of the most beautiful sorts of winter weather, but also so dangerous. Like so many things, beauty and danger go hand in glove. I hope you have thawed a bit and that life is returning to normal there. I’m joining you for Wednesday Vignettes again this week: Happy New Year! WG

    • annamadeit says:

      It has warmed up quite a bit, WG – only a few patches of white stuff left. The kids appreciated two extra days of break, though. Good to have you back! 🙂

  12. Elvis says:

    What a lovely picture. On Monday I thought all those things you said, too, but you described them so much better than I ever could! Here’s my contribution to the fun:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jane! It was nice to be able to experience it all from home, wasn’t it? I was supposed to go to work, but (wisely) decided against it. So glad I did – it took me an hour and a half to get home when it first started the afternoon before.

  13. Kris P says:

    I love your description as much as your photo, Anna. As I walked through my own garden in the rain yesterday morning, the birds also drew my attention. They weren’t singing so much as squabbling at the feeders in the back garden, as if worried about getting their last meal before the deluge. We didn’t get a deluge but just nice steady rain, which was perfect. I offer one of the images I captured yesterday afternoon as my own Wednesday Vignette, along with some other rain-related shots:

  14. rusty duck says:

    It’s beautiful Anna, just as long as it melts harmlessly away.

  15. Beautiful shot. I love your description of the sounds of the falling ice.
    Here’s my WV:

  16. gardenqueen says:

    Beautiful! Both text and photos.

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