Where I live, spring is the most beautiful season of all. Right now I have in my garden California poppies with their bright orange, peonies in deep pink, iris in deep purple and light orange, and Scotch broom, which seems to glow yellow with its own inner light. There are some smaller blue and lighter purple flowers as well.

I have tomatoes started in my back room, with its south facing window. When the sun comes in there in the morning, it turns the leaves an amazing vibrant green, almost see-through, and I think to myself, “Is there anything in the world more beautiful than a tomato plant in the sun?”

My neighbor’s honeysuckle is opening, and another neighbor’s roses, and they smell beautiful. We are just past the lilac time, which to me are the most beautiful smells in nature.

When I was growing up, my family had a cottage on Lake Ontario, and the sunsets there were often breathtaking. In my adopted Pacific Northwest, breathtaking applies to the ocean, to the Cascade Mountains, to the many lovely rainbows I experienced when I lived in the Willamette Valley, to the redwoods, and to Crater Lake among many, many others.

It’s easy to see what I consider beautiful! For you it might be entirely different, but we all have a conception of beauty. So think of what is beautiful to you, and celebrate it today. Let today be “I Appreciate Beauty Day.” We’ll start a new holiday.

For a graphic today, I chose a scene from the Moville Shore Path in Moville, Ireland, where some friends live. Ireland is indeed a beautiful country.

Here are some of my favorite quotes on beauty. There are many more on my site, URL below.

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.–Franz Kafka

Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight, but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain combinations so words and in all kinds of music; for melodies and cadences are beautiful…–Plotinus (The Enneads)

Beauty is everywhere to he or she who would behold it.– Frater Achad

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.–Khalil Gibran

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.–Helen Keller

Every day stop before something beautiful long enough to say, “Isn’t that b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!”–Alice Freeman Palmer

I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.–Oscar Wilde

Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.–Roy R. Gilson

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.–John Ruskin

On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and
the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.–Rumi

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.–Iris Murdoch

We are living in a world of beauty, but few of us open our eyes to see it.–Lorado Taft

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.–J. R. R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)

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