Wednesday Vignette – weathered withering

It’s been raining a lot lately – a lot more cold, bone-chilling rain than in a normal year. February was the wettest one on record. Everything is soaked, the ground is muddy and soft, and – as evident by this wall I spotted the other day – even vertical surfaces are seemingly saturated. This old barn wall is in decay, its lower edge covered in moss. From the silvery hues of the aged wood up top, through the varying degrees of moisture saturation increasing downward with the aid of gravity, to the lively green of the moss (or is it lichen?) adorning the bottom – I thought it made a marvelously arresting vignette. How about that – decay on display.  🙂


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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29 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – weathered withering

  1. Cath says:

    Interesting, it looks more like new life than decay 🙂

  2. bergstromskan says:


  3. Tina says:

    A beautiful shot–it looks like a salt-fired piece of pottery!

  4. I love your photo. This never ending rain is interfering with my outdoor projects. 😦

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Very handsome! If only the decay on display I see in the mirror looked as good.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh Peter – you gave me the first laugh of the day. I’m sorry dear, I don’t see you as decaying – you are a light in my existence! Hugs to you my friend! 😀

  6. Alison says:

    Oh Anna, that’s a lovely shot! I love the contrast. My WV is here, it’s just another shot from the flower show:

  7. This weather, well I could rant for days about it. I’m about to pack up Lila (poor sun starved dog) and head south. My WV is also about decay…

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  9. Kris P says:

    The decay effects are beautiful (as long as you don’t have to replace the barn wall in question)!

  10. Evan Bean says:

    Cath’s comment and your reply are perfect. Decay and new life go hand in hand. I’ve been watching the weather forecasts for next week and hoping the high 50’s they’re calling for don’t change. Even if it’s raining, those temperatures will do so much to wake the garden up!

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I sure hope you’re right. Rain at 40 degrees is such a miserable situation to spend a day in. It really chills you to the bone. I think I would fare far better were it in the 50’s! (Even if I would still get soaked…)

  11. rickii says:

    Hah! Oh, that we could all decay so fetchingly.

  12. Alyse says:

    This particular lichen/moss/mold combo is so dang intriguing. The coolest alien horn thing-y’s. (Yes, I would LOVE to take a true botany class on these so I can learn what those are called!) Lovely pic.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alyse! You know, my favorite FB page these days is one on ferns and mosses. It’s a completely different world. And right now, I appreciate any notion of a different world.

  13. hb says:

    A beautiful photo. You done good.

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