Thoughts on Nature’s Beauty

Nature’s musings

Given this week’s theme of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I thought I’d spend a post musing a bit about what makes Nature so beautiful to us.

Beauty has been part of philosophical discussions across the ages, and one aspect of the perception of beauty is the emotional impact that it has on us humans.  Of course, any emotional connection is intensely personal, which accounts for tastes varying across cultures and people.

Autumn’s Leaves

One of the constants in beauty, which crosses all cultures, is the appreciation for the stunning displays that are provided to us by Nature.  Throughout the history of humanity, Nature has played a crucial role in the definition of all things beautiful, examples of which can be found in art across the ages.

One might wonder what the reason is for this.  One aspect could be physiological in that our eyes have developed to recognize the harmonious aspects of Nature, which gives us an advantage in detecting those things that may be breaking that harmony and present a danger to us; of course, this is part of the ever-evolving game between prey and predator.

What thoughts do you have about Nature’s beauty?  How is it appreciated within your cultural context?  I’d love to hear!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

11 thoughts on “Thoughts on Nature’s Beauty”

  1. What I have witnessed personally when we are hiking in nature is how we return to our own true nature. All our rescue dogs have found their balance and ‘true self’ in nature, regardless of their past. I believe nature is a wonderful place to be present in the moment, mindfully. Living in the Highlands has really taught us how to live in rhythm with the seasons and although none of us were born here, we all feel as if we have finally come home.

    1. Dogs understand the basic need for harmony a lot better than we, humans, tend to. If we all learned to live in the present and allow Nature to permeate our senses, we’d all feel a lot better and get along wonderfully as a result.

  2. Have you read any of the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel? Clan of the Cave Bear was the first in the series. I think these books answer this question perfectly. They talk about balance, perception, survival, and beauty in the eyes of the protagonist and how it impacts her life. Well worth the read.

    1. Yes, I have read them (quite a while back). That was a very intense series to read. You’re right that Jean addresses a lot of our basic drives in those books, which I hadn’t thought about for quite a while.

  3. Natures beauty fuels my love of gardening, outdoors, animals, and environmentalism. I am crafting my yard to be a wildlife haven – amongst my vegetables and flowers – and provide an oasis in our suburban desert. The calming, relaxing nature of nature draws me to it, surround myself in it, protect and promote it. Thanks for compiling!

    1. I sense a common theme, as harmony with the world around us features in many people’s thoughts! It is exactly the reason that I love to be surrounded by Nature.

  4. In nature we find so many remedies for health and wellness. When I am lacking sun intake, for instance, I can feel it in my body and mind. We are blessed by God’s creation, but we also rely on it for wellbeing. This is why I believe we desire to embrace it- it is a life force in so many ways!

    Great post and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. For me it’s always about more…more than I can comprehend…more than I can contain…more that I can control… I can only admire it and stand in awe…

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