First rain of summer

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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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18 Responses to First rain of summer

  1. bergstromskan says:

    Anna, you are a treasure. This morning,after hearing the news, that England is leaving EU (Brexit), and the sense of anxiety lodging in my heart, I open my E-mail and find your blog. A smile enters my system, joy and sense of wonder follows, and my Midsummer Eve in Sweden is saved. Thank you for your pictures showing that life, in all its varieties goes on anyway.

    • annamadeit says:

      Aw thanks, mamma! Yeah, just heard. Wow – so they actually did it… Wonder what reverberations this will have in the rest of EU… Kram och Glad Midsommar till er bägge två! ❤

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

    The first good rain after a long spell of hot and dry is so refreshing — like these photos! (We’re still waiting for ours…) I especially like 6 up from the end, and 10 up from the end. 🙂

  3. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Alan – it was such a quick post, I didn’t bother labeling them. Sorry… The ones you liked were of a Black Lace Elderberry and a Rabbits foot fern. Hope you get your rain soon – it is a wonderful gift.

  4. Mark and Gaz says:

    Raindrops, the best thing embellishment a plant can have!

  5. I always find rain beautiful (well, except when I’m stuck on the freeway) but the concept of rain in summer seems a miracle. Lovely photos.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! This time of year, I always dread the dry heat to come, and cherish whatever rain falls on us. Each time, I worry it will be the last, until fall comes around again.

  6. rickii says:

    I can never capture the sparkle as well as you do.

  7. Patsi says:

    Amazing how fascinating rain drops can be. Beautiful photography skills.

  8. debsgarden says:

    I loved this post! I appreciate the wonderful close-up views of the raindrops. I am hoping some of those will visit my garden soon!

  9. Jenni says:

    Beautiful Anna! I was coaching soccer when the rain fell and it was wonderful to feel!

  10. FlowerAlley says:

    I loved looking at this again while listening to the rain outside my own window. I could enjoy it without envy.

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