Beauty Is Where You Find It

yuanyang_airglow Looks nice, doesn't it?  This long exposure photo was taken by Cui Yongjiang in rural Yunnan Province in southwest China.  Look at the soft glow of the village lights...the way the stars reflect off the terraces of water...

Wanna see what the area looks like in daylight?

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Quite a difference, huh?

So, is beauty an illusion, an artificial construct of the mind?

Or is it always there, and we just have to have the wisdom to know where to look for it and the patience for it to present itself...

found via Astronomy Picture Of The Day

An Old American Proverb

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