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

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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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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