Wednesday Vignette – a nice change from the ice

I don’t know why I’m always so surprised when my hometown is suddenly covered in ice and snow. I mean, it has been known to happen with some frequency in the past few years. As it happened, this year, we even got a white Christmas. (Which in my book made the whole thing that much more tolerable.) The ice threw a little bit of a wrench in my wheels, as I had promised a dear friend I would care for her pets while they were out of town. The treacherous roads caused me to spectacularly miss their morning meal, but I managed to slide into their driveway just a few minutes after noon. Supposedly it will begin to thaw tomorrow, but for now, I’m happily cohabiting with two cats, one parrot, seven finches of various kinds, two chickens, five stunningly beautiful goldfish, and a number of shimmering tetras.

Since my sweet husband presented me with a macro lens for my camera for Christmas, this mostly tropical abundance gave me a new subject matter on which to practice my aim. The light of the past couple of days has been bleak to say the least, even if the ice coating produces interesting effects on the world. My favorite subjects were the goldfish, which have these most captivating, mesmerizing, swishing tail fins. Just gorgeous creatures!


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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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a nice change from the ice

  1. Tina says:

    Goldfish make great photo subjects–those fins! My little guys-n-gals are “squirreled” away, underneath the glob of leaves that have fallen into the pond. Nice shots, have fun with your new toy!

  2. annamadeit says:

    Thanks, Tina! These used to live in an outdoor pond until they moved. The fish are now trapped behind glass walls, and subject to my and their owners’ admiring stares until they have time to make them a new pond. I was thinking now that I have that lens, I will try to photograph some birds too. That zoom will no doubt be SO helpful!

  3. So fabulous. These would make great prints–to put on the wall and enjoy every dang day. Wow.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tricia! Yes prints are definitely easier than cleaning goldfish tanks. (Which thankfully I don’t have to do here.) But I find it a sobering thing to think about every time I get deliriously tempted to get a fish tank so I can surround myself with these beauties at my house too. Restraint… restraint…

  4. Peter says:

    Glad you’re having fun with the new lens and sharing the excellent results. Love your goldfish. Mine are outside and aren’t too happy that it’s winter.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Peter! One day, I want some fish, too. I used to keep an aquarium as a night light for the kids when they were little. Cleaning a tank occasionally, and feeding fish probably wasn’t as much work as I recall it being, but at the time, life was so chock full with parenting toddlers, that the tank was an endless, glowing source of guilt. Now that the kids are older, maybe I should give it a try again… Or, maybe just stick with photos… Sure is tempting, though!

  5. Kris P says:

    Now that’s color! Your friend’s goldfish are perfect photographic subjects. I need a lot more practice with my own camera but of course that requires patience, something which I seem to have all too little of these days. However, there’s no snow here (or rain either!) and I did capture some splashes of color in my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I hear you, Kris! My camera vs my skills are still in the “pearls for swine-category”. I know it is capable of doing so much more than I currently am. I suppose, since I’m iced in for a foreseeable future, I *could* divert some of that increasing cabin fever to intense study of that camera manual…

  6. Alison says:

    Those are wonderful, crisp closeups of the fishy fins! Well done.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Alison! I tell you – that lens makes all the difference in the world! I am so grateful! The best present EVER!!! (Well, maybe a close second to the camera itself, which arrived two Christmases ago.)

    • annamadeit says:

      It gets old quickly, doesn’t it? I’m so bummed – it was supposed to get up to 44 degrees today. I had my hopes set for a rather rapid thaw. Instead, it’s currently stuck at a glacially slow 34 degrees. I have a feeling I will miss tomorrow’s appointment, which was already rescheduled once because of the ice. Oh well, patience is virtue… right?

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  8. mmwm says:

    Gorgeous, and a much needed jolt of colour here, too. I went with the greys of winter:

  9. sweetbay says:

    Those goldfish are really beautiful. Great pictures!

  10. What a nice change of pace from grey!

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