Wednesday Vignette – a wind is blowing

As the world is in turmoil, the most ravishing grass in the world is going to seed. As I was heading out, having just caught up on the barrage of morning news, the long, fuzzy strands of Stipa barbata were manifesting their glittery contortions in the breeze. I had to stop, and take in the undulating display. Perhaps it’s merely wishful thinking, but at that moment, I had this profound feeling that change is coming. The way it felt, there was an anticipation of good things to come – as in light and fresh air, at the end of a long, dark and dank stretch. The swaying grass was giving me a knowing nudge. Maybe it was just in my head, but the notion was convincing enough to lighten my step; that there IS a wind brewing. There is a wind coming that will air out the stench of pettiness, injustice, fear, and decay, disperse the dust of crime and corrosion, and blow open the doors of thought and perception, to let light shine into even the darkest of corners. I can just feel it. Can you?

Stipa barbata

Stipa barbata

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 – a wind is blowing

  1. Beautiful photograph arousing such positive thought. Let us hope you are right.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Derrick! All fingers and toes crossed that this is the one big wave of events that beats our arrogance and selfishness into submission.

  2. Tina says:

    Lovely photo with a lot of movement–I hope the world is moving in a positive direction. It feels like it’s on the edge, though, to me and I’m not certain which way it will lean. Being outdoors remains a balm though, as I’m sure it does for you.

    • annamadeit says:

      You are right, Tina – I feel that too. The clock is definitely ticking. For now, I’m outdoors as much as I can. It definitely helps my state of mind. I should probably be a better activist – I’m definitely not perfect. But I try…

  3. Jacque Robinson says:

    Thanks for this one! I needed it.

  4. krispeterson100 says:

    I’m more hopeful than I’ve been in some months, Anna, and I want to believe that important shift is well underway but, like rain forecasts here, I can’t allow myself to invest fully in the possibility until it begins to materialize. That said, I will do everything I can to make it so!

    • annamadeit says:

      My biggest fear is that the polls will render people complacent, so that they won’t bother voting. Get out the vote, get out the vote, get out the vote… can’t say that enough! That said, IF people vote, anything can happen! And I’m saying “anything” as in “good things”. If we work together, good things are possible.

  5. hb says:

    What a glorious grass. Feelings change like the wind–at this moment it seems like something terrible (Covid 19) may bring our country better leadership (something good).

    Optimism has been proven to improve health, and of course mental health as well, so now I embrace it.

    • annamadeit says:

      I don’t understand how, but I think I must be a perpetual optimist – even though I feel like a highly pissed off one most of the time. I honestly can’t wait for the day when government is just government, and it’s humming along, with a bunch of trustworthy, highly educated professionals at the helm, doing their jobs so well that the rest of us yawn when hearing about it. Government should be unexciting – not the rollercoaster wrecking ball shit storm it has been for the past 3.5 years. It’s exhausting to keep up. Hang in there Hoov – only five more months!

  6. Jason Kay says:

    Beautiful. I have seen others in this genus, but not this one. Only marginally hardy here, unfortunately.

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