Wednesday Vignette – it’s all in the interpretation

My instant reaction to this shot was wondering where in the world that huge leaning tree trunk came from. A split second later, I realized that it was of course a perfectly upright branch of the tree I was standing under when I took the picture – not a trunk in mid-fall, as I had initially interpreted it’s looming appearance to be. Duh! So, fear not, good people, nobody is in any imminent danger of being crushed by a massive falling tree…. phew! Future admonishment to self; mind your composition!

Marian's garden

The photo is from my friend and client Marian’s garden. Can’t wait to visit again!

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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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – it’s all in the interpretation

  1. The screen of my point and shoot camera is damaged so I have to guess half the shot – I’d have had trouble with that 🙂

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    And a big branch it seems to be too!

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, somehow I think I must have figured it part of the framing of the shot, but seeing it weeks afterwards, it totally threw me off.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Glad to hear that no one is going to be bonked by a falling tree!

  4. MulchMaid says:

    I find looking through my camera at a scene is a surprising reality-check to see what my eye edits out in real life. The camera sees all, whereas we look at the three-dimensional world with the most amazing system of all: the human eye coupled with the human brain.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, it’s always fun to see all the details in the photo that you completely missed while taking the actual picture. My favorites are the photobombing insects.

  5. I’ve done that with a leaf, which then appears to be of gargantuan proportions in the photo. My WV:

  6. mmwm says:

    I sort of like the off-kilter framing effect it has.

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  8. Kris P says:

    It IS a startling optical illusion!

  9. bergstromskan says:

    The only thing missing is a cow looking in over the fence. Beautiful

  10. tonytomeo says:

    I work with some of the biggest trees in the world, and some of them are leaning like the branch in your picture. It is amazing that they survive for centuries like that. I would not want to be around when one comes down though.

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