“As one grows older, one should grow more expert at finding beauty in unexpected places, in deserts and even in towns, in ordinary human faces and among wild weeds.” -C.C. Vyvyan
In part 1 of “the unexpected, underestimated beauty” of Interstate Highway 5, I mentioned that at one time, I was unable to see the beauty of the landscape on this drive and felt that it was a boring waste of time.
There was another time in my life when I saw images waiting to be captured in just about everything I saw. You can view many of them on my Flickr site. For whatever reason, the capacity to see such beauty in everyday things was lost to me for several years, but walking the Camino seems to have resuscitated it.
“What greater delight is there than to behold the earth appareled with plants as with a robe of embroidered works, set with Orient pearls and garnished with the great diversities of rare and costly jewels. But these delights are in the outward senses. The principle delight is in the mind, singularly enriched with the knowledge of these visible things, setting forth to use the invisible wisdom and admirable workmanship of Almighty God.” –John Gerard, 1633, The Herbal
“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” –Francis Bacon