Expressions Of Beauty

Expressions of beauty are as diverse as creation itself. Each thing, whatever it may
be, expresses its own kind of beauty.

Jane bought two vases quite a long time ago and both have always caught my eye.
Each expresses its own unique beauty, the one in a kind of traditional form of
symmetry and charm, the other in a blingy kind of way – not quite sure how
else to describe it.

Took individual photos of both, and then one of them together. I just felt the urge to
bring the two together because although beauty is individually diverse, it is also a
unified whole.

John O’ Donohue says: “When we hear the word ‘Beauty’ we inevitably think that beauty belongs in a special elite realm where only the extraordinary dwells.Yet without realizing it, each day each one of us is visited by beauty.”

Well, the beauty in these two vases visits me at the beginning of each day, and I’m deeply grateful for that.

Let me end this post with another form of beauty. A friend of mine has just turned an old dilapidated van in to the most magnificent hotrod. Now this is beauty of another kind. Take a look at this.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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22 Responses to Expressions Of Beauty

  1. Just love that hotrod. So cool!


  2. Beauty comes in all shapes and forms and is sometimes in the eye of the beholder! I loveJane’s two vases 🙂


  3. kimleach says:

    The world’s idea of beauty is sooo distorted! Thanks for the reminder that there is beauty in everything – you just have to take a moment and find it!


  4. Dear Don, Beautiful post. Wonderful. Thanks, Ellen


  5. nrhatch says:

    Lovely thoughts, Don. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder . . . when we keep our mind, eyes, and heart open, we see it EVERYWHERE. 😀


  6. ladyfi says:

    I love your interpretation of beauty. That first vase is stunning!


  7. Don Austin says:

    thanks for showing the rod it is beautiful . if we care to look , every thing including life itself is beautiful, even the old stick insect has its own beauty


  8. Don says:

    Wonderful job, Don. It is beautiful. Thanks for your comment.


  9. Katy says:

    I love vase no. 1.It is beautifully simple and clean. Pride of place in my lounge is an old “potty cupboard” complete with breathing holes.. It belonged to our son in law Ivor,s grandfather. After Ivor,s mom and dad died we were cleaning out their garage and I came across it being used as a paint can storage cupboard. It was a mess, dirty, dusty with paint splashes here and there. I thought it was beautiful. I took it home and gradually restored it. It still shows the years of wear and tear in places, but I love that cupboard. I,m sure it is worthless, but I feel very rich to have such a beautiful
    warm piece of furniture to look at.


    • Don says:

      Sounds wonderful Katy. I often think it’s the years of wear and tear which give things their added attraction and beauty. You must have enjoyed restoring it. I love the way you say that you feel rich in just having it. Thanks Katy. Must be quite a story behind it.


  10. Geraldien Coetzee says:

    Thanks for that Don. For me beauty is very much like blessings. There is so much beauty around us and blessings but so often we only focus on the bad and for get about the beauty and blessing. Thanks for the reminder.


  11. Hudson Howl says:

    True there is eye-candy beauty, the obvious kind of flowing form, clean lines and sheen. Still, that beauty comes an goes. Am more inline with your ‘kind’ of beauty, the kind that gives meaning and substance to one’s life. Your description of the vases and what they mean to you, there in lays the beauty.


  12. Greg says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That is wonderful. We are unique individuals. That is the great joy of our human condition.


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