Wednesday Vignette – black and white

Looking through my photos from the past year (and more!), I realize how many totally decent blog posts I *could* have written, and just never did. It kind of bums me out. Don’t be surprised if at least a few of them materialize eventually, months and months after their time. Today’s photo was taken a year ago today. I think I intended to show it to you, Loree Bohl. For a second, I almost considered snagging the sign for you, but thought better of it. After all, it’s there for a very good reason.


Any-he-how, given what special day it is in our contentious capital, with the absolute partisan abyss that prevents SO much potential progress, and the stark contrast between factions, the disparity of the words that exit their mouths, and the general exaggerated mood, I thought the black and white composition of this shot rather compelling, and rather representative of the times. Most of all, the warning sign shines bright and is so very real. What we are going through as a nation is not healthy, it’s not civil, it’s not legal, it’s not honest, it’s not fair, it’s not productive, it’s not many, many things that one might hope for–and even have reason to expect–from a democratically elected government. But what we can probably all agree that it is, is manipulative and downright DANGEROUS to the function of a nation among other nations.

So there you have it. I declare; our similarities are STILL greater than our differences, and in almost everything and everywhere, there ARE gray areas that we can all identify with, and swim comfortably within. The black and white extremes are best left to night-skiing.

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 – black and white

  1. Tina says:

    You’re right about ‘danger’ and your photo is a great reflection of that. We live in strange, and disheartening times, but I have been impressed with certain leadership. My WV for the day: And thanks for hosting.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, me too. It is so frustrating to see the constant stone-walling. And I think this equal measure of scolding is damaging and completely uncalled for. The playing field is not level, and trying to make it appear that way is misleading and disingenuous.

  2. Danger indeed…all around. Great photo and a perfect post to go with.

    My WV:

  3. bergstromskan says:

    Wonderful Anna! It is time for you to start sending your comments to NewYorker Magazine, to reach a wider group of people

  4. Kris P says:

    Great photo. Do you read The Correspondent? Five days ago they published an article (by Zaid Jilani) on the surprising level of general agreement between Democrats and Republicans that I found interesting and at least somewhat reassuring.

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  6. A sign for the times.

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