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.
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!