Wednesday Vignette – how the winds blow


This week, I visited a client whose garden underwent an instant change over an afternoon, when two mature Sequoias in his and his neighbors’ back yards were struck by lighting. In addition to the complete alteration of the landscape, both houses were also damaged, when parts of the trees came crashing down. When we first moved to Oregon in 2005, local thunderstorms were such rare occurrences that they were featured on the news. Now, they seem to happen with some frequency, and at odd times in the year. But no; “What do you mean climate change??? That’s a hoax!” (Snark font used here.)

According to the NY Times (Dec 31, 2017): “Most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agrees it is harming people in the United States. But most don’t believe it will harm them.”  Think about that for a second…

Meanwhile, the Twittler administration has taken a virtual chainsaw to deconstructing decades worth of painstakingly implemented social and environmental policies, meant to protect and prevent our world as well as our democracy. The connection between the actions of the elected, and the will of the electorate is as rotten as one of the Sequoias proved to be when it came down. When the pillars of democracy finally come tumbling down, maybe then we will see. Or, maybe we will still think that it only happens to “others”. A lot is at stake this week, most visibly with SCOTUS, while the weekly environmental damage we extoll on our world goes on, week after week, and hardly gets any media attention. Still, they go hand in hand, so we’d better react – and do it quickly. Sorry to get political on you, folks, but I can’t help it. The patterns and signs are everywhere – we just have to see through the rot, and connect the solids. As for such things as world wide reports of prematurely dying Baobabs, and the massive Sequoia rot in front of me, I’m curious as to what causes this seemingly increasingly common deterioration in our trees. I know what my guess is… but, do you really think it will happen to me??

(Actually, I do.)


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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11 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – how the winds blow

  1. Kris P says:

    The loss of trees is so demoralizing here, and of course there’s no end in sight for us either. The heat and the fires also get worse every year. I could see (or rather feel) the change occurring back when I was a teenager living in one of SoCal’s inland valleys. Last Friday, that same inland valley had temperatures reach 117. Meanwhile, it reached 110 in my location, scorching plants that have previously taken summer heat in stride. By the time rising ocean waters consume Mar-a-Lago, though, stopping the tide will be an impossibility.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ugh… 117!!! Meanwhile we crank up the A/C, and keep taking down forests to build crappy housing. Our own stupidity and lax complacency will be our own doom – it is so infuriating!!! I don’t blame the kids for escaping into their digital worlds… or getting depressed about their future.

      As for Mar-a-Lago, one can always hope a timely little coastal hurricane or a tsunami will flatten it. Grrr…

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    We have the same issues here in Australia.

  3. hb says:

    Well, maybe to cheer you up a tiny bit, California reached its 2020 goal for cutting carbon emissions four years, early in 2016, even with a growing economy!

    We must not lose hope, and do what we can.

    • hb says:

      punctuation correction: four years early, in 2016,

    • annamadeit says:

      That’s great to know! And thank you – that DID cheer me up. If only we could all be as diligent… For one thing, we here in Oregon need to stop buying all of California’s old, outlawed, dirty diesel trucks. Our politicians up here are sound asleep…zzzzzz

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