Wednesday Vignette – seeing

A little over a month ago, we spent a week at the Oregon coast. Somehow life was quite different on the other side of that vacation, compared to what it is now. The most recent month has been full of new and sometimes strange, situations. Matted together, like felted wool, they have somehow made a mere 30 days or so, feel like an eternity. The sounds of the mighty Pacific, the warm sand between my toes, the sunshine, and the joyful peace seem like eons ago. And, I realized that I barely shared as much as a snippet of this fantastic week with you. My apologies – this will be a compensatory, extra long WV, to make up for that. Looking back at the photos, they do indeed contain some truths and illustrate beautifully the dichotomous fluctuations of life. As shown by the waves, continuously coursing toward the shore, there will be highs as well as lows – and even occasional flatlines.


Like, for example, that there are always at least two sides to everything – at least.


Stepping away allows you to see that…


…and to contemplate the various shadows and reflections.


Any unexpected deviation from the straight and narrow…


…forces choices. Choices are hard, and endless distracting opportunities and goals are revealed.

After ike the beautiful Indian princess Ewauna

After life throws you a curve ball, like Seatka did to the beautiful Indian princess Ewauna, it is perfectly acceptable to stare into the ether for a while, while you contemplate your options.

Be sure to explore every avenue of possibility.

Be sure to explore every avenue of possibility.


Charge forward – blaze new trails!


Leave no crab shell unturned.

One just never knows from where the next glimmer of possibility might come.

One just never knows from where the next bright idea might come.

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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36 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – seeing

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    Wow, wow and wow. The winds of change are blowing in my life, also.
    Thanks for reminding me to contemplate options instead of rushing in to fill the gaps left. Thanks friend.

    • annamadeit says:

      I know it’s a platitude, but I don’t mean it as such; I hope the right door appears for you. For all of us, actually. Best of luck with your new direction, Becca!

      • FlowerAlley says:

        Thanks. Also, I ran across some “boxwoods in the cemetery” info from Wordsworth via Elizabeth Lawrence’s book , Through the Garden Gate. There was a custom of putting a box of boxwood sprigs by the door at the deceased’s home to be taken and later tossed onto the grave. Interesting?

  2. Love this, thank you! I was lucky this summer to go to the beach on the Washington coast, but it was over too soon.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Beautiful images and a great reminder to spend some time considering options before charging ahead. Although most of the time it would be nice if things stayed the same, change seems to be a constant in life. Perfect thoughts for the last day of summer. What will autumn bring?

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, you’re right, Peter – what a coincidence! Didn’t think about that… Yes, it is easy to become comfortable, and even though this turmoil is not what I wanted right now (or ever, really), it is probably the universe’s way of nudging me forward. Here is to autumn bringing good things for all!

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  5. Eve says:

    Thank you for an exceptional WV. I see the rocks as options, framework. stability, strength in a sea (literally) of shifting influences. I applaud your pause to consider carefully, and hope that whatever the current changes are, a clear path through (or into) them emerges.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Eve! So many conflicting thoughts, and possible paths at the moment – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Few things are as grounding as the constant motion of the sea. And, as you so aptly pointed out, the rocks offer well needed stability in the midst of chaos.

  6. Evan says:

    “Leave no crab shell unturned.” Words to live by. Having gone through many changes in the last several years, I’ve spent a lot of time considering options. Just be sure that while you’re thinking of your options, you don’t get overwhelmed and lost in that sea of choices. Keep your rocks in sight to help you keep your heading. You know I’m happy to lend an ear anytime as you navigate the waves.

    My vignette is all about potential this week. You may be floundering a bit at the moment, but all those choices you have in front of you are full of potential.

  7. bergstromskan says:

    Beloved, wise daughter- mom wants to hold you as you contemplate- knowing you do it best on your own. Still, I am sending you a big cyber hug ❤️

  8. Thank you for the beachy interlude…it did my busy mind well. My WV is just a simple garden combination:

  9. More excellent photography

  10. Kris P says:

    Beautiful images, aptly illustrating your inner debate. The images – and your current quandaries – also make me think of the importance of enjoying those moments of beauty and peace when they present themselves. An unexpected visitor prompted my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh yes – you should know that I’m an expert at blowing off such quandaries when presented with such glorious distractions. I think that’s why I wish I was there right now – it is such a magnificently beautiful place.

  11. Luisa says:

    Such a gorgeous, thoughtful post! Must selfishly add that the “dichotomous fluctuations of life,” the insights, are so spot-on for me right now. Thanks so much for this!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Luisa! I’m sending you hopeful thoughts that the fluctuations you are experiencing will settle down soon, so the calm of normality can resume. Actually, I hope that for both of us. 🙂

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

    Life is changes — you’re lucky to have times like that coastal vacation to mark some of them (at least the good ones).

  13. Oh dear, this is beautiful and nice commentary too. Could you tell me where in the coast you took these photos? Thanks!

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