Wednesday Vignette – a long way down

What a week, huh? A bit of an emotional rollercoaster, following along with the spin of the various news cycles. I don’t know of many suspense thrillers that can compete with the throes of the past few days, in our very own reality show. As I was looking for an image that would capture the tension of that breathless, tethering limbo of disbelief we’re in, I came across this shot from my last trip to Sweden. My mom, my nephew, his dog, and I were walking through the oak strewn meadows outside the town where I grew up, when we came upon this tree, seemingly arrested in mid-fall. By the looks of it, it really shouldn’t be able to keep itself upright – and yet it does. It’s a tall tree. The higher they are, the farther they fall. Or not.  I guess time will tell…


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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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – a long way down

  1. Hope it’s not too long

  2. Tina says:

    I want to hear a big boom. I just hope that boom isn’t the American democratic tradition.

    • annamadeit says:

      I do too. And I think (hope) the American democratic tradition will remain standing – or at the very least rise from the shreds. After I wrote this, I saw the latest big NYT special investigation. Did you see it yet? Riveting….. Fingers crossed, Tina.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Looks like that tall tree is getting by with a little support from friends, a good lesson for us all to help hold each other up during this disturbing time.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – that is also a perfect analogy of EXACTLY what is going on! But yes to what you said – friends can be relied on not just for support, but also for protection.

  4. Thank god for trees, and my friends…otherwise I may have lost it this last week.

  5. FlowerAlley says:

    It has been a very painful week.
    I called my congressman. By the end of my message I had raw rage in my shaky voice. I am not done yet. This is unacceptable.
    I loved the comments here. I guess all the smart people read blogs. Ha.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – I guess they do! 😀 Any rage you feel is entirely justified. Listened to a radio interview with a comic book author earlier today while driving. She said “Weep for the satirists – they can’t compete with this”. Which of course was absolutely true. This current reality is toooooo much. I can’t avert my eyes. Ugh!

  6. Yes, just hanging in there–both with current events and your tree example. Thanks for hosting this meme!

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    A nice vignette despite all the spinning, swaying and staggering.

  8. Kris P says:

    Great image to capture the tension so many of us feel right now. I remain hopeful but also steeled for disappointment. If Congress fails to act appropriately, the GOP shouldn’t be surprised if chainsaws are unleashed come November.

    My WV addresses frustration of another kind:

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  10. They may put that creepy bastard on the Court but that will not be the last word. Are you more relieved or scared by the election in Sweden/

    • annamadeit says:

      Honestly, once I heard Collins was a ‘yes’, I stayed away from the news/social media for a while – it’s all so surreal… As far as the Swedish election goes, I’m happy the nazis didn’t get the projected 26% (gasp!!). They got 17.5, which is bad enough. The rest was split pretty evenly between the two blocks, with the nazis now in the position of swing vote, so I don’t expect it will be a very effective four years. Sigh…

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, that is just a little pup. Redwoods are so big that you can see them from there. When one of them falls, someone in Utah gets a delivery of lumber. While shade trees in town might ensnare kites, redwoods collect satellites. If you ever notice Venus missing, you will know where to look.

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