Wednesday Vignette – dust

When a specific color makes the news, it’s usually because some committee somewhere, after months of studying design and shopping trends, declares a Color of the Year. This week, in a far less frivolous designation, the color white was reported to be crucial to the ease of our survival. Apparently the reflective properties of our brilliantly white snow caps do more to control thaw and water runoff, than warming temperatures. (Just like dark roofs absorb and trap more heat.) The dust is – unsurprisingly – caused by us humans, and our various activities, as we ravage the land we inhabit. The darker color of the accumulated dust causes the snow to absorb more of the sun’s rays, in turn causing it to thaw more quickly – setting in motion all kinds of increased difficulties – both in managing our water supply, as well as controlling wildfires. Not a very uplifting vignette, but this report har looped through my head ever since. It intensifies my feeling that we are burning our candle from both ends.


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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23 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – dust

  1. What an enlightening post

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Oh, we certainly are burning our candle from both ends.

    • annamadeit says:

      Lemmings come to mind… we just keep rushing toward our own destruction. Which might, if other species survive, actually work in their favor. One hopes…

  3. Tina says:

    I heard that story on NPR. Geez. And yes, burning from both ends. 😦

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    We are an ugly species in so many ways.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, and thoughtless. I forget which “issue-list” I saw the other week, but I noted that the issues were everything BUT the environment and climate change. This is baffling to me; if we don’t address that one head on with EVERYTHING we’ve got, all those other issues will no longer matter.

      Sorry Peter – my comment on your blog didn’t take this time either. I tried both WP and Google, but neither took. I wanted to say that I loved your photo – it was a glorious shot!

  5. Kris P says:

    It continues to make me furious that there are still so many climate change deniers and/or people who refuse to accept the human role in it, especially at top levels of government. I hadn’t heard about this particular factor but I see dirt hanging over the horizon more days than not so I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that it impacts the snowpack too.

    My WV has to do with another kind of natural interference (and recovery in this instance):

    • annamadeit says:

      Kris, you and me both… grrr! WP/Google won’t let me comment on your blog this week either… I wanted to say “I’m so glad you spotted him before it was too late. Nice save!!!”

  6. Ah the environment, our planet, really is it that important? I mean I’m not going to be around to see the end so why should I care? Let’s get rich now!


    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s both crazy and maddening. Drives me nuts!

      Loree – WP/Google won’t let me comment on your post today either… Not sure what’s up… I wanted to say something along the lines of, “Some things are too complex for symbols, and better stated with words.”

  7. Alison says:

    I hadn’t heard about this. I recently decided to cut back even further on my intake of news. I just can’t take it any more. Could someone let me know when they finally name that royal baby? LOL

    Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Hahaha – you made me laugh, despite being mad about the dust. Thank you for that! Alison – I can’t seem to comment on your post this week either. Not sure what’s up with WP/Google/Blogger… Anyway, wanted to say how much I love all the unfurling ferns. The one you posted is fantastic!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    When I tell someone that white is my favorite color, I often get reminded that it is not a color. Oh well.

    • annamadeit says:

      I get that daylight is a mix of all colors on the spectrum, but when I hear that white is not a color, I always ask which white are you talking about? There are so many of them…

      • tonytomeo says:

        When I grew rhododendrons, we grew hundreds of cultivars, but only two were plain white! There were only a few other whites, and they were blushed, blotched, striped or spotted with other colors, even if only in a minor way.

        • annamadeit says:

          A few years ago, I fell in love with a little Rhododendron called R. divisilobum ‘Milky Way’. It’s adorable – each flower has a greenish throat. The buds look a little creamy, but open pure white. Have you seen that one?

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