The Corruption of Beauty

February 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The celebrated and renowned 13th century, Catholic theologian, Thomas Aquinas, pontificated that the “Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance.”  Seven centuries later, the American poet/environmentalist, Robinson Jeffers, eloquently chanted that "The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe".

The first three pictures below were created in our back yard at different seasons of the year and under different weather conditions.  I was motivated to capture the beauty of this scene by the natural rich colors, black and white tonal range of light, and the harmony of the very weathered, wooden structures situated peacefully amongst the undisturbed vegetation, and foliage of the trees.

These scenes will never be captured and interpreted again by photographer or painter. For a larger, more obtrusive, modern style, synthetic outbuilding has been erected nearby the long standing white shed.  More disturbingly, some of the background trees have been removed and cleared for the construction of a new home in an area once inhabited by deer and foxes (see last two images), an outcome of the continued greed by local politicians and land developers to destroy our natural environment.  This unique scene of "divine beauty" shall be, Nevermore.

 - Still grieving over the Lost Woodland of the Bread & Cheese Branch.

 

D W Orr

Environmentalist, Historic Preservationist, Weimaraner/Dachshund Companion, Blogger, and Photographer

Harford County, Maryland

February 1, 2018, Birthday of Maddie

Fence Corner View ReduxFence Corner View Redux

Summertime

Foggy MorningFoggy Morning

 Foggy Morning

Fall and Fence 1Fall and Fence 1

Autumn

Watching the ManWatching the Man Visitors at the White Shed

More of the Three GuestsMore of the Three Guests Two Deer and a Fox Near the White Shed


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