Wednesday Vignette – contrast

The other day, I visited a garden where three large curly willows had been taken down to make room for a vegetable bed. A few branches were tossed under a second story deck. The way the green, squiggly twigs looked against the black-painted dimensional lumber post holding up the deck, caught my eye.

Curly willow on black

It made me think of the many forms of wood, and how contrast enhances how we experience things – everywhere around us. Contrast makes injustices so much more jarring, flavors so much more intriguing, patterns so much more striking, and – possibly – differences so much more frightening. Contrast is the elemental component of drama, that pulls realities out in the open and makes us see them. Looking past the drama, you’ll see that both of the objects in this photo are essentially the same – in that once upon a time, they both grew in the ground. At this point in their life, they couldn’t be more different, and they are both worthy of admiration in their own way. And, they enhance each other in a beautiful way. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that although we are all pretty much the same, we are all different. Rather than using our differences to instill fear and division, let’s celebrate how they complement and enhance, allow us to see and feel,  broaden our thoughts and perceptions, and expand our horizons. I wish you a day filled with enough contrast to make you feel deliciously and vibrantly alive, and that grants you new, thrilling discoveries! Here’s to bigger bubbles!

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 – contrast

  1. Good philosophical thoughts springing from excellent observation

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! Didn’t really set out to be philosophical – that stuff just seems to happen. When I first saw it, I really just liked the contrast. 🙂

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    Great thoughts, love the way you think and share. Cool picture, too! My offering is here:

  3. I feel so superficial, my (expanded) WV is celebrating a recent plant haul…

  4. Elvis says:

    Trust you to extrapolate a real life lesson from your vignette – I like how you think!
    My vignette actually isn’t one – you’ll see.

  5. rickii says:

    I love the way you find meaning in the simplest things. I’m settling for a mere visual feast:

  6. Kris P says:

    I love how you see not only a bigger picture but a whole context in which to make sense of things that can be hard to understand in the thick of matters, especially with the daily deluge of media coverage and repetitive talking points by commentators. Thanks for the perspective. My vignette is much more mundane:

    P.S. For a different kind of perspective and a good laugh, run an internet search on “zombie apocalypse and dental surgery”. It diverted my attention from the political news this morning.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, that poor girl. Hope she is a little brighter when the anesthesia lifts… The funniest part were those cotton balls in her mouth… If they were my brothers, I probably would have castrated them!

  7. Evan says:

    You always manage to make me think. Stop it!

    Just kidding, about stopping, that is. I enjoy your thought-provoking vignettes. My contribution this week is about contrasts, too. Great minds think alike, and so do ours!

  8. hb says:

    Instead of Red and Blue, a purple state of mind? I always liked purple.

  9. Chloris says:

    What a great post! I do enjoy posts that make you stop and think. I am joining in with your meme for the first time today.…est-extravagance/

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