"Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise." Marcus Aurelius
And beauty is many times to be found in the most ordinary places. To be sure there is nothing ordinary about Yellowstone National Park. However, I doubt the Twin Lakes rate that high in comparison to other places in this majestic park. Yet, that is where I found these lily pads that made this exquisite "painting".
PS: this is not the by-product of Photoshop or any other major manipulation program.
" The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even." Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you let your imagination reign I think you will see what looks like a woman kissing the icicle next to her. A cold lover to be sure. Nature surely does create the most intriguing designs! The image is naturally black and white.
"There is only one true artist and that is Nature. We human artists regale ourselves, strut about and bask in the praise and attention of others. We are nothing but posers worthy of none of it." -- Kinsey Barnard
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, Nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them. " Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"There is no bond so strong or so tender as that between mother and child. And for some of us more fortunate that bond never lessens. Treasure your mother for when she is gone there will be no other." Kinsey Barnard
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"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air." --Wilbur Wright
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." Henry David Thoreau