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"January Glow"

Emerald Lake Area, Rocky Mountain National Park

I spent the first part of this morning wading through knee and waist deep snow looking for something a little different that included fresh snow and Flattop Mountain. It was a fabulous start to the morning. Watching the mountains catch those first rays of sunshine fills me with a sense of joy and excitement. I've seen it a thousand times and yet it still affects me deeply. We live in a world of wonder and incredible beauty, we just need to take the time to slow down and recognize it.

This week I'm reading Victor Hugo's "Le Miserable". It is a fabulous book. Near the beginning the bishop has planted a garden with only flowers. He is questioned as to why he doesn't make better use of it and grow vegetables which can be eaten. His response is, "The beautiful is as useful as the useful." He added after a pause, "More so, perhaps.." I whole heartedly agree. Beauty is more than mere decoration it is as important as the food we eat and the air we breathe. Without it, we become less than human

Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.

Image #: 19177 Date: January 10, 2011
Camera: Canon 5D Mark ii Camera Settings: Tripod, 3x GND
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