“God never made an ugly landscape, so long as it is wild.” John Muir
Does this quote make you think? I know when I was young, I would never have appreciated the scenes in this post. I was a bit preconceived and bias in my views of what was pretty and what wasn’t. I think I believed landscapes needed to be green and lush if fields with a bright sun overhead. Mountains and trees needed to be in view. Water was a given. I now appreciate many various forms of landscape of each season or weather condition. I have expanded my views where you cannot help but believe Muir’s words.
But did you really look at what Muir said closely? “…so long as it is wild.” He did not say, there are no ugly landscapes.
I think he found a number of ugly landscapes that had the hand of man. God was responsible for the beauty found, but man came in and messed it up. You can say that about quite a few waterfronts in cities across the world. And why do you think water was so important for factories?
There are countless places to explore all across this vast earth, places of immense beauty that few people ever get to witness. It seems a shame more don’t get to appreciate it, but then again, that may be the very reason the beauty remains.
The swans are here now in great numbers. Take the time to appreciate the gift of beauty.