Wednesday Vignette – reflection on space

IMG_3467BIG accomplishment this week – thanks to my dear husband who helped me sort out my yet mostly unedited (will it ever be?) collection of compulsively taken photos. Thousands upon thousands of photos. They have now all been tidily collected on a 5T hard drive. The cloud (which was also full) has also been emptied, and – even better – the photographic contents of my phone (which was also full), has also found a new home on that hard drive. Wow, it feels like I just went through an accelerated WeightWatchers crash course (don’t think there is such a thing) and can finally digitally move about again. Hooray! I want the world to know that I count this as a fantastic early Christmas present! It’s not easy moving through life being this technologically challenged, so this was HUGE!

Now I get the fun job of looking through them and weed out all the mediocre ones. I tend to delete the worst photos immediately, but there are always more unworthy ones that I miss. The goal is to have everything easily accessible, and —eventually—  the best ones labeled, in one easy to navigate spot. The sorting itself is kind of fun, and a trip down memory lane. You find a lot of good stuff you forgot you had taken, and discover a slew of ones you never knew or forgot you had.

Today’s photo is neither old, nor fantastic, but I like the somewhat melancholy stillness of it. Plus it shows a rather cramped community in the middle of a vast landscape. It was taken from the access ramp looking down at to the houseboat community where I spent so much time recently. All ye bloggers – how do you manage your masses of photos?

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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17 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – reflection on space

  1. Karla K Kramer says:

    I would love to know the process of how you accomplished this feat! I have over 8K photos and videos on my cloud; completely unorganized to boot!

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my best beloved. I get lost in all the garble I get when googling how to do it. Trust me – I tried doing it myself before asking for help. Anyway, we followed the instructions on these links.

      SO much easier than whatever I had gotten from Apple’s own websites. Turns out you move the entire photo library off the computer, and then create a new one. Each photo library we moved was dated and labeled with mac/cloud/phone.

      First, I bought a big Seagate external hard drive to move everything onto. Excited to report that I still have way over 4T left!!! I had 11K photos on my phone alone – sheesh! As for the organization beyond that dated photo libraries – you’re on your own. But don’t feel bad – I’m in the same boat as you. This will keep me busy for a long, long time – LOL!
      Good luck, Karla!

  2. Kris P says:

    Melancholy perhaps but it’s a beautiful shot, Anna. I look forward to seeing more of your houseboat adventure. My WV is a bit of a hodge-podge but here it is:

    • annamadeit says:

      Love a good hodge-podge! The greatest accomplishment on the houseboat was definitely planting that horse’s head. There is more to come, but that is all in the hands of the owner, who enjoys doing carpentry in his spare time. And he doesn’t have a lot of that commodity, so it might take a while before I have more to show. I will keep checking on the progress, though…

  3. Tina says:

    I love that photo! Nature and vestiges of people in quiet repose. Congrats on the organization; helpful spouses are wonderful! My little vignette for today, thanks for hosting:

  4. Alison says:

    Nice photos with the reflections in the placid water and the gray sky. Last year when my computer ran out of room Nigel moved a lot of old photos onto an external drive (I don’t know any details, and if I want to get to them I always need a refresher from him on how). I don’t take as many photos as some, it took me maybe ten years to fill up my Mac.

    • annamadeit says:

      I have a feeling I will be relying on John for constant refreshers, too. It’s funny how anything having to do with things that interest me stick the first time, and almost everything having to do with file management and megabytes need constant repetition. Maybe one day it will become second nature, but I kind of doubt it.

  5. A splendid achievement. Fortunately I have been more methodical than you, but I still need to thin them out periodically.

  6. Love the photo Anna. Flat, still, water replacing the concrete that surrounds most housing developments.

    Ah photo storage…that’s a sore subject for me. I thought I was paying Google to store all the photos I’ve uploaded to my blog over the years. I used to be able to download full size high resolution photos whenever I needed. However in the discussions with Timber Press about writing the book I discovered Google had changed things up and none (NONE) of my thousands of photos since I’d begun to blog were accessible. Horribly painful. I could go on, but that’s the gist of it…

    • annamadeit says:

      OMG…. I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine how gut-sucking that would be. I’m so sorry…. How did you end up dealing with it? And when will the book be out? Before Christmas?

      • You mean Christmas 2020? Uhm, no. Ha. Feb of 2121, can you believe it? Such a process. As for dealing there were a lot of swear words and phone calls that got me no where. I just had to suck it up and dig in and take a lot of new photos.

        • annamadeit says:

          Ugh – on both accounts. Well – on the book – that gives us something to look forward to! And – for the new photos – maybe look into getting an external hard drive? At least then you’re in control of your own photos.

  7. Good work. Glad they are houseboats, thought at first it might be a flood. We keep all our newer photos in dropbox. Still a lot of pics from the old days that need to be digitized.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh god – don’t even want to think about that monumental task…. yikes! I think it needs to be preceeded by a great weeding out of the non-essentials. Which, in my case, I know are plentiful…

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