Wednesday Vignette – a watery veil

Tomorrow, there will be sun. According to reports, it will even be warm! 81 degrees F, to be exact. I will probably be grumpy – my body takes a little while to get used to temperature changes. I’m not a big fan of sudden, big shifts. I imagine I was some kind of cold-blooded amphibian in a former life.

Anyway, spring is about to explode, and with it, summer light is ushered in. You know that eye-curdling, bright sunshine that makes us hide behind our sunglasses, smear gallons of sunscreen on our pale, wintry skin, and that suddenly makes photography terribly challenging. Last week, it was still raining, and as it happened, the light caught the raindrops as rhinestones strung up on thin wires, dripping off the barn roof. So, in anticipation of warm, dry weather in the days to come, I’m going to, once more, savor the gift of water. Before long, I will likely want to crawl back beneath the rock from whence I once came. (I’m telling you, the urge to lurk in the shade is still a prominent part of my genetic make-up.) Anyway, Portlanders and others – enjoy the sunny day!

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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24 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a watery veil

  1. We also have rain at last in South East England. It’s been so dry through April …. and will apparently turn dry again ….. so I am thankful. We’ve only had one sunscreen day so far and that was before Easter 🙂 Love your photography.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! I hope you get some more rain soon – it truly is a gift, even though we in the PNW have been endowed with almost too much this spring. But, I dare not complain – who knows what the future holds…? And, since I don’t live on the flood plain, I quite enjoy seeing the river engulfing the fields and trees around it – it’s such an eerie and dramatic sight!

  2. Tina says:

    You’re due some rays, so enjoy and bask!

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Beautiful raindrops. Wow, 81 degrees? That’ll be a big shift. Here, 71 is the predicted high for tomorrow. We’re usually 10 degrees cooler in the summer/warmer in the winter than Portland. My vignette is here:

  4. annamadeit says:

    You know, Peter – that sounds just about perfect. Perhaps we’ll have to move up toward where you are. I would definitely consider that! 🙂

  5. Alison says:

    It’s still raining here this morning. I’m tapping my foot impatiently, that darn sun had better put in his promised appearance. My WV is here:

  6. You can probably guess how excited I am about the promised sun and warm, although this morning is still very gloomy! My vignette definitely has some sunny elements in the foliage…

  7. Kris P says:

    After our long drought, I still haven’t gotten over the beauty of each raindrop so I appreciate your rainy vignette. Summer’s sunshine is already at full blast here but there’s a chance of a little rain as well as cooler temperatures this coming weekend, which would be a joy for us. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Fingers crossed for you, Kris. I know your winter was such a nice break, so I hope the summer will keep a moderate tone, too. Fingers crossed for rain!!!

  8. rickii says:

    I’ll meet you in your hidey hole when the heat sets in.

  9. christine maciel says:

    You’re right Anna…all winter I crave spring, then after a few warm days you get an 80º day and I come crawling back indoors where it’s 68º unless you turn the heat on. We are silly sometimes with our demands on the weather! The drops of rain off the roof is really great. I have been noticing a lot of nice light conditions, and light filtered by curtains is beautiful at end of day.
    Thanks for your great observations.

  10. christine maciel says:

    left out one word: the photo of the drops is great.

  11. hb says:

    A beautiful photo! I miss the rain so much. It’s too hot here to go outside, but I hope you enjoy your sunny day.

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  13. Evan says:

    Once again we’ve skipped straight from early spring temperatures to summer! I like our long, slow springs where flowers last forever and tender new leaves never scorch. A high of almost 82 at my house today. Meanwhile, Brookings saw about 66. Much more to my liking. But I’m trying to look on the bright side. I have a lot of small plants that I want to grow, and for that, we need heat.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh Evan – you should just move. I just know that you were meant to live in Brookings. And, at 66 degrees, I just might have to move there too. That sounds just heavenly. Today was too hot for me, and my face is still burning – despite a generous slather with spf 100. Tomorrow, I will bring a hat!

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