Wednesday Vignette – a day of blue tones

It was a day of blue tones;

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cloud devoured by raging blue flames before…

I know… Taking pictures while driving is beyond stupid, but – really – I’ve wanted this shot forever… (Don’t worry – I kept my eyes on the road, and just aimed the camera eastward.)

This rescued Hypericum ‘Tricolor’ has been puzzling me for a while. I love the leaves, but have been lacking the inspiration of what to do with it. I think I finally saw it – I will let it spruce up the corner where this little Blue Star juniper resides. There was just something about it that spoke to me…

Finally, a farewell shot over the vineyards towards the valley, near where I’ve spent the past week petsitting. I don’t think the animals know yet that their normal will be restored tomorrow, when their beloved  owners return. Out of them all, I don’t think any will be happier than this gorgeous, very elusive, gray cat named Meri. Everyone else learned to at least tolerate me during our week+ together. Meri granted me a few minutes in the same room with her today, before she slipped out like a gray shadow. That made me a tiny bit blue – I had hoped to at least get to pet her once. Next time…


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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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a day of blue tones

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Ah! The Lewis and Clark Highway from Camas to Vancouver.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes! Exactly! Sorry about the late response… For some reason, your comment ended up in my spam folder. I have no idea why… But yes, I was petsitting for some friends east of Washougal for a little more than a week, over the Holidays. I spent a lot of time out there, but tried to make it home to my family at least a few hours per day, so I saw that stretch of highway quite a lot this past week. 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    You’re now allowed to move to Austin, since everyone uses their phone while driving. 🙂 That said, great shots! Makes me “homesick” for Portland…

  3. Peter says:

    Hypericum ‘Tricolor’ always grabs my eye with that bright pink color and it’s perfect with the Blue Star Juniper. Try not to feel too blue about Meri; cats like to remind humans of their inferiority as often as possible.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Peter – I almost expected that with her. They found her as a kitten, thrown out and left to die on the Lewis & Clark Highway, (thus the name, after Meriwether) so she has every reason to be suspicious of people. I had just hoped she’d come around a bit sooner. Maybe she’ll relax when they get home later today…

  4. annamadeit says:

    Thanks, Tina! I want so badly to go to Austin this May, for the Garden Blogger’s Fling, but as we’re gearing up for sending a kid to college, it most likely won’t happen. Too bad… By the sounds of it, I’d fit right in!

  5. Alison says:

    What a nice break that petsitting gig must have been. One of our former kitties, now gone, used to hide under the bed when our petsitter came. She had never been a stray, she was just a bit neurotic, like her owner. I took pictures of the mountain while driving too, once. My WV is here:

  6. Kris P says:

    That cloud formation in the first photo was very interesting! I’d have been tempted to snap it too. There’s a street-scape I see whenever I head into town that I’ve been wanting to photograph for years now but there’s no good place to stop the car without someone reporting me to the sheriff’s department. I keep thinking I’ll hike that way one day…

    Don’t be put off by Meri. My cats often required dozens of visits before they trusted “intruders.”

    • annamadeit says:

      I have places that I marvel over every time I pass too, with no good place to stop on the way. It fascinates me to see how they look in different light conditions. Sometimes they are gorgeous enough to set the bar for my imaginary “photo”, other times completely “meh”. I do hope you get your shot some day, even if your husband has to drop you off and drive around the block, for it to happen. 🙂

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