Some Photos & Fancies

Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…



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Nascent, full-blown, or dangerous, beauty appeals to all of us. In the promise of beauty we can feel hope and anticipation for the guarantee of lovely items or actions to come. Once arrived, and the promise fulfilled, we can enjoy and revel in the actuality of beauty discovered and appreciated. Yet there are beauties that can harm us, that can be dangerous in many ways. Hurt and sorrow can come wrapped in a blanket of visual delight and emotional stimulation that seems to offer nothing but the best. This is what makes beauty so difficult to evaluate, at least quickly. Study must be given to the object or person exhibiting the qualities we consider as beautiful and when beauty is involved we seldom want to pick it apart or make judgements. We want simply to enjoy what is placed before us and are heedless of possible pitfalls. We believe that receiving the beautiful with open arms will always bring us joy; that belief is something many of us continually try to hold on to even though, unfortunately, there are beauties that are harmful. In looking at and attempting to evaluate every single thing that we consider beauty, though, we lose the spontaneity and quick, heartfelt joy of appreciating a true and timeless thing. So we are caught between a rock and a hard place and must learn, as with many other things, to take the good, sometimes with the bad, and love the beauties we can while abjuring the beauties we shouldn’t. Isn’t sometimes chancing a beautiful opportunity better than living in dullness?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

3 thoughts on “Beauty

  1. The only beauty I see is in the mirror.

  2. Wonderful photography for a very interesting blog.

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