Wednesday Vignette – horizon lines and reflections

The past week was filled with new impressions from new (to me) places. A walk through a harbor isn’t necessarily a new experience, but it is one that every time I do it, makes me sadly aware I know next to nothing about either boats or sailing. Or about what is proper etiquette in a marina setting, for that matter. But, what I do know is that those sleek sailboats make me long for adventure – I wonder if it’s too late for this old dog to learn how to sail…? I like the smell of the sea, the sounds of the gulls, and the slight rocking of the dock. The few times I have actually experienced being onboard a sailboat gave me the same kind of rush I get from being on skis, so I know I would absolutely love sailing. But of course it takes both resources and a lot of time and work to adopt that kind of lifestyle. So for now, it will just remain a daydream…

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, may have seen one of the ones I’m posting today, but the other two are new.  In addition, I would like to introduce a couple of work samples of a new aspiring photographer – my youngest son who, on this vacation, suddenly took a rather acute interest in using my camera. He took the first two shots in today’s vignette. I must say, I enjoy the way he plays with perspective, and look forward to seeing what else will catch his eye in the future.

He said he was trying to photograph jellyfish, but I like the unintended part of the photo better. I like the reflection of the boat as much as I like the contrast of the bicycle in the aft.

Here, he crouched down to emphasize the water – to great effect, I think!

This was taken after the glowing red sun had disappeared over the horizon. The world was still, and the air hazy from surrounding forest fires. Apologies if you’ve seen this before, on IG. I thought It was worth repeating!

These fiery Heleniums were just an irresistible contrast to the wet waters behind them!

The train, the dry strip of grass, and the vast, cloudless sky made me pause.

Anything fun grabbed your attention this week?

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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15 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – horizon lines and reflections

  1. Tina says:

    Your son has a good eye. Lovely, vacation rest-inspired photos.

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    Enjoyed these images and am so glad you re-shared the one you posted on Instagram as I haven’t figured that out yet. It’s never too late for an old dog (you’re still a spring chicken!) to learn new tricks. Sounds like it’s time for sailing lessons for you!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I would LOVE to take some sailing lessons… Good idea, Peter! Instagram is lots of fun – you should consider joining! (nudge, nudge, hint, hint)

  3. Love all of these images! And yes, as a matter of fact something fun did grab my attention this week:

  4. Alison says:

    I hope you’ve been having fun up here in the Seattle area. I’m so sick of the heat and the smoke. When it finally dissipates I plan to come into town to see the terra cotta warriors at the Pacific Science Center. My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alison! We went up the San Juan Islands, then up to Bellingham, followed by a few days in Seattle. Fires or not, I did enjoy the lower temperatures A LOT! So much, in fact, I’d move north in a heartbeat! Enjoy the terra cotta warriors – I saw them eons ago, while still living in Ohio.

  5. Kris P says:

    All these images are wonderful, Anna. Your son did well in his first foray into photography. I hadn’t seen your image of the sailboats at dock so I’m glad you posted that here. (I don’t do Instagram – yet.) My WV is all about butterflies:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! Yes he impressed me too. It’s so fun to see him explore various art forms and find new obsessions. I kind of hope photography will be one of them…

  6. Beautiful photos. Nice cool water on these scorching August days. My WW is a celebration of finding a new nursery (fairly) nearby. Good for me. Bad for my wallet.

    • annamadeit says:

      Scorching is right… we got out right on time. I hear mid-90’s for the next couple of days, but after that, a much needed drop is expected. Glad you found a new nursery! I bought a plant on our trip too (to my family’s dismay and consternation). Of course I didn’t need it, but in August, any plant purchases from independent garden centers is an act of charity and good will, so I happily bought a souvenir!

  7. Pauline says:

    Your third photo is absolutely stunning, fantastic!

  8. bergstromskan says:

    It looks and sounds like you all the vacation your bodies and souls were longing for. 💕

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