Wednesday Vignette – layers

Bergenia 'Dumbo' with  shadows of Hebe 'Hinerua'

The hairy, illuminated leaves of Bergenia ‘Dumbo’ with shadows of Hebe ‘Hinerua’ shining through. With light comes clarity… or, at least, that is the hope.

It struck me (again) how life does not consist of extremes, but of all the layers in between those remote positions. It’s not a polarized black or white, but endless gray areas, each tempered and enhanced by our subjective and individually generated thoughts and experiences. There are facts and opinions, consequences (intended and unintended), results, fallouts, projections, outcomes, what have you – all falling on various gradations on this imaginary gray scale. All anyone has to do in order to see that, is to take a step back and look. Look beyond the obvious, and also try to understand the notions more remote to the subjective self.

Our society today is like a reversed bell curve – we’re so polarized. Instead of crowding on the narrow ledge of the opposite horizons, we as a society need to move back to the more generously layered and multifaceted existence of the middle ground of the bell itself. Which, of course, is easier said than done. That said, we should never, ever stop trying.

*** Lastly, I want everyone who reads this, who are on a Blogger platform to know that for the last month or so, I have had very limited success in commenting on your blogs. I always try to reciprocate with comments, and it feels terrible to not be able to. Perhaps it is a matter of a simple tweak on my part, but I’m not savvy enough to understand how (if) this can be fixed by me, or if it’s a more systemic flaw. When a comment suddenly “takes”, and I haven’t done anything differently, I get even more confused. My sincerest apologies to all you who so kindly leave comments week after week. I always try to write you back. I tried using a Google profile too, to no avail. I’ll welcome any advice or insights you might offer.

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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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – layers

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That’s rather an amazing photo. It looks as though another plant has had its leaves pressed between two layers of the bergenia leaf. And yes, we should try harder to meet in the middle ground.
    I’m afraid I have nothing to offer on the commenting problem, but I have seen a couple of comments from you on my blog.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Jane! I don’t have a problem commenting on your blog, since we’re both on WordPress. It’s the WP/Blogger interface that seems glitchy. It didn’t use to be so bad – maybe some new upgrade messed it up…?

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    I hope to hear from you. That pic is amazing. Right about polarizing politics.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Interesting photo and thoughts as always, my friend. Sorry I can’t offer a solution to either our current polarization or the blogger platform issue. My technological knowledge is limited to how to turn the computer on.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha – that’s my level of tech knowledge as well! It seems the blogging world too, is polarized into two camps that can’t communicate, doesn’t it?

    • annamadeit says:

      Peter – I’m not sure my comment took on your post, so here it is again: ‘How did you get that little guy to stand still and pose for your shot? As I recall, at that age, there is quicksilver running through their veins…’

  4. Beautiful photo that illustrates your commentary perfectly. And really your issue with comments falls perfectly inline with the text. Staunch Republican vs. Democrat. WordPress vs. Blogger. Okay I simplify, but really it’s all about the two camps not seeking a middle ground. Why can’t we all just get along?

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Simplifying or not – you are dead on, Loree. I was thinking the exact same thing… Apple vs PC, neighborhood school vs focus option/charter/private and so on… This kind of chosen exclusivity is everywhere, results in siloing and differentiation, and ultimately makes things so damn complicated. Ugh…

    • annamadeit says:

      Tried to comment on your Arum post, but I don’t think it took, so here is the comment instead: ‘You know, that plant has such a bad rep, but I just love it! Leaves, flowers, berries – ALL of it! Great captures – I meant to photograph mine, but by the time I got around to it, it was past its prime. Glad you got to it on time.’

  5. Alison says:

    That’s a great silhouette shot!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Alison!

    • annamadeit says:

      Couldn’t post a comment on your post, Alison, so here it is instead: “I haven’t posted much of substance in a long time either, it feels like. One of these days, I will. If it were my house, I’d get rid of that inner row of trees for sure, but I kind of DO like the front ones all lined up, marching down the street like that. It’s an interesting take on a front yard – I think it could be really cool.”

  6. Tina says:

    That is quite a photo! Yes, we should never stop trying, though it seems so hard at the moment. As for the WP/Blogger thing, I’ve had the same problem in the past, though I can’t tell you how it resolved–it just did, with the exception of one blogger’s site (which I like very much). Good luck with it!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! I know – I’ve had it sporadically before, too, but never as consistent as it is now. And, like for you, it has always just resolved itself somehow. This is the longest stretch of issues I’ve ever had with it. Going on a month now… 😦

  7. Kris P says:

    Wonderful photo, Anna! Backlighting always creates magic. I heard similar concerns expressed during an interview on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict yesterday. The interviewee commented on the need to open oneself to not only listening to but also empathizing with those sitting on the other side. Of course, that only works if there are individuals on both sides willing to do that.

    As to the comment problem, the suggestion I would’ve made was to set up a Google profile but you’ve done that. Has WordPress got a help desk to field questions? I’ve had problems with the WordPress/Blogger interface myself on occasion but not on a sustained basis.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! You know, I keep trying using my Google account, but that’s even worse. It keeps churning and churning forever, and just never goes through. I honestly don’t know what I’m doing wrong on that one. I don’t think I quite understand how to use my Google account. Or perhaps it’s set up wrong…?

    • annamadeit says:

      Alas – my comment didn’t make it onto your blog either… “Wonderful tour through a wonderful garden! Thanks for the report to those of us who couldn’t be there.”

  8. tonytomeo says:

    I did not notice a problem with the comments. I know that most of us are too busy with other concerns to be writing anyway.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m not very good at keeping up on reading/commenting on blogs. It’s usually confined to Wednesdays, because of that Vignette thing. And go figure – I forgot ALL about it until about 5 pm today. Those holiday weekend always mess me up – I thought today was Tuesday… Oh well, I think have a little over an hour to get this weeks post in on the correct day.

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