Our physical world is exquisitely glorious! And, notwithstanding some mismanagement and abuse by some of its tenants, the resplendent beauty of the tangible earth certainly outweighs any ugliness. Nature and landscape photography, both underwater in oceans and lakes and on terra firma, provide a means of enhancing in others a greater awareness of and an appreciation for the soul-enriching beauty of the earth.
As we saunter this orb, contemplating its grandeur, the words of poets may reinforce our visual exhilaration. The resulting union of verse and vision is a wonderful vehicle, transporting us along on our trip, seeking the insight and solace of true beauty. Indeed, our spirits soar with the stimulation provided by "God's art" coupled with the inspiring thoughts of His children. The widely acclaimed book, Visual Verse, marries visual delights with symbiotic poetry.
Leo Nikalavich Tolstoi wrote: "Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen." All of our senses can be pleasantly stimulated . . . hearing a baby giggle, smelling a rose, tasting chocolate and lightly rubbing finely finished wood furniture with our fingertips come to mind. Researchers have stated, however, that of all the stimuli that reach the human brain, more than 90 percent is visual. An opportunity to inspire an appreciation for the art in nature and its correlation with one's own lofty thoughts may therefore be accomplished through landscape photography especially when combined with complementary verse.
May you find here some uplifting images from nature. The photography is drawn from the resplendent beauty of the world that is, of course, the "Art of God."