Wednesday Vignette – a break in the weather

Most of my stay here in this lovely part of Sweden has been enveloped in damp, wet fog, and long stretches of rainy days. The crisp, cold days I packed for, have been curiously absent, and, as you might have seen, whatever photos I have attempted have suffered for it. However, the other night, I got a lucky break, and we actually received a blanketing of beautiful snow over our little town. Ever since getting here, I have wanted to photograph the unusual old City Hall of Lidköping. In the 1600s, it was the hunting lodge for the statesman Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who was a favorite of Queen Kristina. Reportedly, despite his high-flying assignments and magnificent decorations, he was more of a peace loving character who only took up hunting out of necessity – when he became the guardian of the child king Karl XI. In those days, you just couldn’t raise a king without training him in the arts of weaponry, hunting and military strategy. Even with the rustling of armor, his francophile sense of grace and elegance was evident in the lines of his hunting lodge – which now graces the town center. City Hall has moved on, and it now houses the Bureau of Tourism, as well as a cafe.






About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a break in the weather

  1. rusty duck says:

    It looks such a pretty place, especially in the snow!

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

    Beautiful building — glad you got the snow!

    My own vignette:

  3. That first image is a lot magical and a little spooky, So glad you got some snow, may there be more.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m hoping for clear roads for one more day. Had a contractor look at the kitchen design today – now we wait. Tomorrow, we’re heading up north to visit my dad. 🙂

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Such a handsome structure with an interesting history. Beautifully photographed!

    My WV:

  5. Eve says:

    I love how the dusting of snow accentuates the unusual clipped corners of the “dome”. Viewing the photos in sequence gave me a delightful sensation of zooming into focus.

  6. What a fabulous building, evocative photographs and lovely background story. Magical.

  7. Kris P says:

    Your photos are almost surreal in their beauty, Anna! I hope you’re enjoying your trip despite the imperfect weather. I tacked my Wednesday Vignette to a longer post here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! I’m having a fab time hanging out with my mom, and tomorrow we’re heading northeast to see my dad, and more dear friends. I’m loving every moment of it! 🙂

  8. rickii says:

    Such an interesting silhouette against the night sky. My vignette will be familiar to you: one of my favorite shots:

  9. Evan says:

    Beautiful images, Anna. My eye was actually drawn to the building in the background, though. I love fog, though the rain would put a bit of a damper on the trip. My vignettes this week are of a repeat subject.

  10. Your pictures look like paintings with such a lovely mood. I hope that you get some drier weather. I can’t wait to see the rest of your photos.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Laura! You’re in for a study in mostly muted browns, grays, greens and yellows. The weather being what it was, many of my photos are awfully dreary… Still, it’s been a great trip, and I’ll be home soon! 🙂

  11. Pingback: Doors, portals, passages and gates of Sweden | The Creative Flux

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