Wednesday Vignette – planes, trains, and automobiles

My best beloved and I took an impromptu trip outside of the city this past weekend. Got in the car on Sunday morning, and said “Where to?” We ended up heading east – out to the Gorge. It was one of those leisurely excursions where you take the time to explore – follow little roads just to see where they lead. The magnificent Columbia River Gorge is an eyeful at almost any time, but especially so on a crisp autumn day, when the sky is so blue it almost hurts, and leaves all around are turning all kinds of colors. I lazily turned the camera every which way, during our exploration.

As anyone who has experienced it can attest – the scale of the enormous Gorge has the capability to make you feel appropriately dwarfed. It looks big, it feels big, and it IS big. But everywhere we looked, there were little humans just like us, crawling about in their own vessels of choice. Barreling through high up above, floating on the water, trudging on along the tracks, and in shiny metal cans called cars. Our collective bustle seemed so at odds with the ancient serene enormity of the landscape itself. It was an interesting contrast to observe.



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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14 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – planes, trains, and automobiles

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    Interesting contrasts of scale. Like fruit flies crawling on and buzzing around a watermelon. Sounds like a relaxing trip.

  2. Tina says:

    It’s a remarkable landscape, quite dramatic, changing and timeless. I always remember the interpretive sign, somewhere off the main road which explains the massive wall of water which broke long ago and way east, which created the Gorge. Hard to imagine what that would have been like! Great shots and lovely clear-blue sky!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina! Massive walls of water are so powerful and scary… Just watched the news about severe flooding in Texas. I hope you and yours are safe…

      • Tina says:

        Water-logged, but safe! Thanks for thinking of us. There is flooding in and around Austin and the Hill Country, and sadly, some have been swept away. Hopefully, folks will heed warnings about the rising creeks/rivers.

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  5. Kris P says:

    A point well illustrated! I had a similar reaction upon reviewing another blogger’s coverage of the redwood forests in Northern California earlier this week. We humans don’t always see ourselves in a proper perspective – maybe if we did we’d be more respectful of the planet and its other occupants.

    • annamadeit says:

      Wish we would… I always hear everyone complaining about too many deer, and that cows and pigs contribute too much to our methane emissions. It seems taboo to say out loud that there are a disproportionate number of humans on this planet. And, as far as emissions go, many of those animals were put here by us, in order to feed our meat addiction, so we can produce our own methane. But, nobody ever complains about that – it’s so bizarre… As a mom (who really should have known better/thought deeper) I’m grateful for all the millennials who opt for pets instead of kids.

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