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 madeΒ a marvelously arresting vignette. How about that – decay on display. Β πŸ™‚


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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29 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – weathered withering

  1. Cath says:

    Interesting, it looks more like new life than decay πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ˜€

  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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