Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Wednesday Vignette, Top Nine...

If you're on Instagram you've probably seen the "Top Nine" grids that get posted at the end of the year. It's a fun way to look back at a year in photos, as ranked by visitor "likes". Here's mine for 2020, the number in the cloud (a new feature this year) is the number of likes the photo received ...

Six of the nine images are from my garden: four are front garden vignettes, one a close-up of a mahonia growing on the north side of the house (middle row, left), and one a back garden vignette (the bromeliads and dish planters, also middle row, right). The two planty photos that aren't from my garden are bottom row; left and middle. These were both taken in other Portland gardens. Then of course there is Kamala. I ran across this image of HER and the past VP's the night the election was finally called for Biden/Harris, I found it to be so powerful that I posted it, even though I couldn't properly attribute it. That's a fact that still bothers me—having had my own photos reposted with out attribution—but hopefully the creator of the image will forgive me.

So I thought it would be fun to look back at the Top Nine from previous years, and see what patterns emerge...

Here's 2019. Right away you can see two of the same vignettes were popular; the Agave ovatifolia and Yucca rostrata in front of our living-room window, and the bromeliads and dish planters next to the garage. Three more Agave ovatifolia images make the cut too! 

In 2018 (below) the "living-room window" vignette appears again (X2) and the photo of the patio with sarracenia and the potted Agave ovatifolia shows up again, almost—but not quite—the same photo as in 2019 (above). Interestingly the Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam' reappears as well, this time paired with Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' whereas above it shows up with Euphorbia rigida and a bit of Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist'. It's also pretty funny that the neighbor's cat, relaxing in a patch of my Adiantum venustum, was included.

2017 was the first year I was hip to the Top Nine meme, and as you can see things stay remarkably consistent, considering the hundreds of images I have posted on Instagram over the years....

Weather Diary, Jan 5: Hi 51, Low 42/ Precip trace

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10 comments:

  1. All great photos and worth of note, Loree! There's a poster (and t-shirts) of that image of Kamala juxtaposed with photos of all the prior VPs - that website credits the design to HINDAM4U. It showed up on Twitter too.

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  2. A wonderful look back, Loree. I loved seeing your Opuntia Christmas tree again. Was it really three years ago? Time flies.

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  3. Love the picture of Kamala.

    No wonder your neighbor’s cat was included, he looks as comfortable as possible. The Christmas tree from 2017 was amazing, especially the topper. What is the tree/shrub in the top left from 2017?

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    1. I never could figure out why there was always a smushed patch in that fern bed. Then I saw the culprit! I think maybe you're asking about the staghorn sumac in my neighbor's yard?

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  4. So many great photos - this past year, and the ones before that. Glad you posted them all. I remember making a mental note of that fab Samuel Blue Hosta with the black mondo grass. Superb combo! And that opuntia tree is so very memorable!
    I forgot all about the Top Nine this year. Need to remember to see what mine are. My expectations are low - I feel like I took mostly crappy photos this year. So I guess mine will be Top Crappy Nine - LOL!

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    1. Top Crappy Nine could become another popular meme!

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  5. Awesome vignettes. My favorites are both from 2019: top row on the left is the unequal color and contrast combination of the blueish agave, Amsonia hubrichtii fall gold and Daphne houtteana. And right below, you are holding on to the biggest bromeliad ever: priceless!

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    1. I still laugh every time I see that bromeliad photo. Now imagine me trying to get it down our basement stairs!

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