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. Β 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

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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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: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2017/08/wednesday-vignette-back-to-bella-madrona.html

  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: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2017/08/wednesday-vignette_9.html

    • 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: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2017/08/wednesday-vignette-butterflies-in-my.html

    • 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. https://floralcitygardener.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/wordless-wednesday/

    • 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. πŸ’•

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