Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beauty

~rose arbor~violets in a fairy ring~windblown nest~
"A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty.


~roll of fencing~bunny hole~flowers~


...The eye is the best of artists.

...And as the eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful.

And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath, like space and time, make all matter gay.


Even the corpse has its own beauty.

~a leaf is nestled in~cold bones~frozen needles~

...The influence of the forms and actions in nature, is so needful to man, that, in its lowest functions, it seems to lie on the confines of commodity and beauty.

~last year's blackberries~bursting fuschia~this year's juniper berries~

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.

~bunny tracks in the snow~dry land, blue sky~branches in the blue~

The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and the woods, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough."


~chicken coop corner~budded branches~old & new roses up the arbor~

Ralph Waldo Emerson - from Nature (in the chapter on 'Beauty')

1 comment:

Christine said...

God bless Ralph Waldow for putting our hearts into words

and you my girl, for such love of nature and the photographs extraordinaire...and a wise and loving heart.

love you,ma