Wednesday Vignette – blissfully high

The other day, I trudged across the St John’s bridge to place some hard to remove political signs (for an upcoming school board election) and a MUCH needed school construction bond) in a highly visible spot, where traffic usually clogs up at least twice a day. It was a beautiful day, and a lovely walk. What I didn’t expect was the serenity I felt in seeing the world from that high up. All of the grit and grime of daily existence melted away, and everything below seemed sparkling clean and pure. Even the evidence of industry seemed tidy and neat, as it floated on the glittering surface of the water. I felt a detached, voyeuristic, solitary calm, similar to looking out of an airplane – except the sounds around me weren’t overpowered by the sound of engines. I relished my temporary separation from the sordid underbelly of reality for as long as it lasted. It really was quite marvelous. In a week, I can do it again – to take the signs down.


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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17 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – blissfully high

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    We miss so much as we speed through life scuttling from one place to the next in our metal bubbles like rats in a maze. Thank you for this moment of reflection and serenity that comes from exploring on foot. How different it all seems when we view the maze from the top

    • annamadeit says:

      So interesting that you made the rat in the maze parallel, Peter. I very nearly wrote that, because I felt the elation I imagine a rat that had managed to escape the maze might feel. It was nice to get away, however briefly!

  2. Walking that bridge is something I’ve always meant to do, thanks for the preview!
    My WV:

  3. Kris P says:

    I love overhead views. They certainly do provide a sense of detachment and contribute to reflection. Here’s my more mundane WV:

  4. Alison says:

    I have a fear of heights, so crossing bridges, even in the car, has always been an ass-puckering experience. I can’t imagine doing it on foot. You got some great shots, though, I’m glad you found it calming and liberating. It is a nice bridge, I’ve crossed it a few times on the way to Cistus and Joy Creek. My own WV this week is also from high up, but it’s more of an awe-inducing vista than a look straight down, and I had my feet on solid ground when I took it. It’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      I can see that that would be unnerving… I remember a visiting relative who begged me to drive in the inner lane going up Mount Hood – she had that same fear, and it was very real…

  5. rickii says:

    Your bird’s-eye view does elevate us from the daily squalor….”why, then, oh why can’t I?”

  6. What a great perspective, and well-described. Those moments of clarity are special in our daily lives. Thanks for sharing your words and your photos. And thanks for hosting this meme.

  7. Mark and Gaz says:

    Can’t help but be pensive seeing that view!

  8. hb says:

    You find the most beautiful places. Thank you for sharing them.

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