Wednesday Vignette – something in the air

I don’t have allergies – at least not yet. Other members of my family do, and when pollen season sets in, I count my blessings. The other day, if you stood just right, so the ridge of the roof on the old barn covered the ball of  incandescent gas that is our sun, you could see a remarkable sight. Thousands upon thousands of feathery seeds ethereally floating high up in the sky, making the sun appear almost as if it had a halo, as the light reflected off each one. Of course it was beautiful. But, as I marveled at the sight, I also sent grateful thanks to the Universe for – out of all the possible flaws it could have dealt me – it did not give me that particular one. (Plenty of others though, mind you…)

Close-up. Well, as close as I could get it, zooming in…

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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11 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – something in the air

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    Oh Anna, we all know you’re flawless. What a spectacular sight. Any idea of what is sending out feathery seeds so high in the sky?

    • annamadeit says:

      Aw, shucks, Peter… I honestly don’t know what they were, other than from afar, they looked like the remnants of a pillow fight. Big, downy seeds… Seeing them glide by gave me a great idea of the procreative reach of some plants – it was pretty fantastic!

  2. Beautiful! I used to be one of the lucky ones, but the last couple of years I’ve obviously gone over to the other side….it’s no fun.

    My WV:

  3. Alison says:

    Like Loree, I’ve gotten more allergic as I’ve aged. It’s horrible. Right now, up here, we’re getting smoke from wildfires in B.C. It’s making for very hazy skies on these very hot days.

  4. Alison says:

    Also, I wasn’t going to do a WV post this week, but then I saw something on my front porch that seemed worthy. It’s here:

  5. Kris P says:

    You DO capture the most interesting images! I didn’t find an image worthy of a WV this week – I wish I had your talent for catching the little mysteries than can make daily life so exciting.

  6. Tina says:

    Great capture! It’s lovely to see wispy, feathery things–and it takes a quickness of mind to capture them for the rest of us to appreciate!

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