Sunday, February 27, 2011

Magical Moment 388, "The Unobvious Beauty"

Do you ever get frustrated with where you are? Do you ever feel jealous of the people who live near mountains, or ocean, or lush, vibrant pastures? A few days ago, I spent some time in Thomas Edison's Greenhouse, taking pictures of the stunning flowers. I went back today and I found even more beauty to inspire me. This time, it had very little to do with the blooms of the prize winning orchids. 

I discovered that a single drop of water, contains as much beauty as an entire ocean.

I noticed that this tiny, little orange had fallen from its tree branch into this watering can. I couldn't imagine an orchard being much lovelier.

One petal fell. And it rested lightly above the earth, casting its gentle shadow. 

I wouldn't have thought a New Jersey Sunset could look so stunning behind the smoky, steamy window panes of an old greenhouse.

It takes slightly more effort to notice this kind of unobvious beauty, but it makes me thankful for where I am and what I see. And it makes me want to notice and appreciate the unobvious beauty in other things: music, my family, food, and the sounds and smells of every day life. Thank you Lord, for surrounding me with beauty.

Some more about Thomas Edison:


Dawn said...

Ahhhh....lovely. We just have to know where to look and beauty will surround us.
Love your captures.

Linda said...

You're right, Elizabeth. There is so much beauty in this world that often goes unnoticed. Thanks for sharing some lovely examples.

laughwithusblog said...

If we look we can find beauty even in the most unimaginable places...even the human heart!

Anonymous said...

Great photography! Love this blog. xo

Regina Teague said...

Wow! Beautiful pictures and beautiful description!

Merisi, Vienna said...

Magic! Beautiful moments captured perfectly.

Congratulations on winning a Post of the Week Award,
well earned!

Moannie said...

Too lovely, and how unique is the eye that noticed.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful photos, it's not where you are, it's what you open your mind to see.

Jillsy Girl said...

Great shots and sentiments to go along with them. Congrats on POTW photography ~ well deserved!

Out on the prairie said...

It is the simple pleasures we often pass by and really should reflect on.

Anonymous said...

Lovely words and photographs ♥

Anonymous said...

OH, what magical moments of beauty you've captured in words and photos. Just lovely!

Land of shimp said...

Wow, again I am in awe of how people who can really take photographs have a gift for seeing :-) Your photos are lovely. Particularly that commonplace, but it looks so beautiful.

I live in Colorado, by the way. Every now and then I'll be out for a walk and realize, "Wow, I live in someone's postcard."

Don't we all, though? The world has a lot of beauty in it.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Thanks Dawn. I'm learning how much fun taking pictures can be!

Linda, you're welcome and thank you for your kind comments. I always look forward to reading them. :)

Esther, true. I've seen that as well!

Anonymous, Oh I'm so glad to hear that!

Regina, thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing more of YOUR blog!

Merisi, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this and a few other posts as well! Take care.

Moannie, thanks so much. I'm glad you stopped by.

Steve, you're absolutely right. That's exactly what I hoped to convey with this post.

Jillsy Girl, you're so sweet to say that. Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Out on the Prairie, that's certainly the goal. Easier said than done, for me anyway. Thank you for reading!

Kcinnova, thanks so much, and take care!

Ladyfi, thank you! It's wonderful to see your comments.

Land of Shrimp, I've only just started taking more photographs, but I am loving it. Colorado is truly gorgeous! I suppose we are all fortunate to be where we are in our own way! Thanks so much for visiting!

ethelmaepotter! said...

These are all beautiful shots, but the more amazing fact is that you found them. It's so difficult for most people to look beyond the surface and see the real beauty underneath...or overhead.

Congrats on well-deserved POTW!