Wednesday Vignette – zoom


A visit to LanSu— the Portland Chinese Garden—this past weekend, rendered beautiful sights wherever you looked. I may post more on this visit later, but this was one of my favorites. It’s worth noting how this time of year, foliar contrasts are at their most prominent. Funny how that notion parallels todays hearings as well. Sorry for posting this so late in the day. I’ve been completely and utterly distracted!

Sadly, I had to use my phone to zoom in, which always makes the photo somewhat grainy. In retrospect, I should have taken the photo fully zoomed out, and zoomed in later. Funny how that too, applies to today’s hearings. That said, I yield back… 😉

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 – zoom

  1. Tina says:

    Oooh, one of my favorite places in Portland–I love that garden! We’re watching the Netflix show, “Lucifer” and there’s one scene in a Chinese garden. I mistakenly thought it was LanSu, but Hub remembered our visit to Vancouver BC–there’s a Chinese garden there, too, but LanSu is our favorite!
    Nice shot, even if it’s with your phone. Snort: “I yield back…” 🙂

    My little vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      I haven’t seen that show… need to check it out! Yeah, Chinese gardens are special. I don’t care what time of year, or what the weather brings – I always cherish a visit to LanSu. It always calms my mind, and numbs – or should I say ‘redirects’ – my senses.

      • Tina says:

        I’ve seen the Chinese garden in different seasons and like the Portland Japanese garden, it’s always a jewel.

        The show is silly and doesn’t take itself too seriously–right now, it’s a good distraction.

  2. hb says:

    That’s so pretty. Are those green bits ferns growing on the roof tiles? Even better.

    I’m gardening mostly all day today–need the sanity fix. What a comfort a garden is.

    • annamadeit says:

      Good for you, hb – we all should do that! I opted to throw caution to the wind, and watched almost all of the hearings. Can’t take my eyes off the madness. I think there must be something wrong with me – I’m totally obsessed. Heading outside for a bit now, though – it will do me good, I’m sure!

  3. Kris P says:

    Grainy or not, Anna, it’s a lovely shot. I was tempted to draw parallels to the current hearings with my WV post as well but the whole thing is so exhausting that I decided to let readers imagine their own connections, or not.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – I kind of sensed that. And yes, I did make my own connection. Truth be told, I had the same thought with my vignette; that I should avoid being so darn predictable. I think I’m starting to sound like a broken record… I think I need to write a “real” garden post soon, to make up for lost time. Spent part of yesterday writing an article on ‘Aging in Place’ for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. It was lovely, I got to spend time with a dear friend and client, and I really enjoyed it. Just spending time with a wonderful human, and writing about something beautiful without any thought to the circus in DC. It was highly refreshing!

  4. I think I took that same shot when I was there a couple of weeks ago! And nice work tying it into the hearings…

    My WV (which you’ve already seen):

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  6. mmwm says:

    Mine is here: I’m not listening to the hearings but am trying to immerse in beauty, community, what’s good. Also: I found this meditation on the grief of climate change helpful in thinking about all kinds of political grief: , including “This grief is not new. It’s tidal – rising and falling over days, weeks, months. Some days it feels like a thick fog, hiding familiar landmarks and dulling the sun. Other days it recedes, and the light is glorious and the trees sprout new growth and the awe returns. But it remains, always, a constant backdrop to the smallness of everyday life, and the hugeness of being alive” and “‘Cherishing Earth’s beauty is perhaps the greatest healing we can bring to our world and ourselves’ … Love is a salve for my grief for the world. It keeps my heart open.”

    • annamadeit says:

      Right now, it feels very much like a fog of wrongs, blanketing itself around everything we know. Even if I don’t have a lot of time to spend out there, I make a point to go outside for at least a few minutes. It makes me feel so much better! Today I grabbed my camera. A few good shots, perhaps, I figured I would grab some other ones from the past few months, and write a real garden post for a change. It’s been so long…

  7. Wow – really stunning!

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