Wednesday Vignette – positivity and hope

It’s important to focus on the positive. From an instant gratification point of view, it means things like this:

Witch hazel flowers

The ribbon-like tassels of a witch hazel competing with its yellowing leaves.

Witch hazel flowers

Like little suns exploding in the darkness.

Witch hazel flowers

A much needed burst of light.

And, from a purely hopeful angle, it means this. A long shot worth a shot, methinks. I hope you agree!

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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15 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – positivity and hope

  1. Pauline says:

    Wow, witch hazels flowering so soon, such beautiful flowers! I must go and have a look at mine, I’m sure they aren’t ready to flower yet.

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    This mild weather has all sorts of things in the garden happening early. There’s always hope… My WV is here:

  3. Alison says:

    I first heard about those statistical anomalies several days ago, and I’ve been wondering if anything would come of it, and whether it would ever hit the mainstream media. I personally am convinced Russia interfered with the machines. Here’s my WV post:

    • annamadeit says:

      This is the part that gets me; “Also complicating matters, a senior Clinton adviser said, is that the White House, focused on a smooth transfer of power, does not want Clinton to challenge the election result.” Doesn’t sound very encouraging, at all. 😦

  4. Lovely image. I’m with you in hoping, and loving the signs of life’s persistence:

  5. Interesting news. I love the witch hazel.

  6. rickii says:

    We’re grasping at straws but that, along with the refuge of the garden, can keep us going.

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  8. Evan says:

    I love the early witch hazel blooms. I just planted my first witch hazel this fall, ‘Jelena’, and it had a few little filaments showing when I brought it home. Nothing at the moment though. That news story is a nice fantasy, but I doubt anything will come out of it. And as terrible as the orange turd’s presidency will surely be, that might actually be worse. Emotions are so strong over this election that it could literally rip the country apart if the electoral college put Clinton in office. I can’t imagine the protests following such an upset would be peaceful. Part of me wishes for it, even as another part fears it.

    Here’s my WV:

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