For the Love of Beauty

Cognitive researcher and psychologist Nancy Etcoff, in a most interesting Ted Talk (, says that beauty inspires and motivates us. And Zen Master & peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, ( says “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.”

I would like to divert your attention from the Coronavirus craziness for a short while to share a few travel photos with you. Please comment below if you recognize – or can guess – the locations. (Posted at the end of the article.)

IMAGE #1: I spent a month in this lovely location, which marked my first visit to this state.
IMAGE #2: I was amazed to discover this snowy paradise on my way out of a National Park.
IMAGE 3: I love, love, love this city!
IMAGE #4: Again, I discovered this gem while leaving a vacation destination.
IMAGE #5: This place is really one-of-a-kind.
IMAGE 6: One of my favorite mountain ranges.

Blessings for Beauty, Inspiration, and Motivation,


As promised, below are the image destinations:

  • IMAGE 1 – Big Sur, California
  • IMAGE 2 – High Country of Yosemite National Park, California
  • IMAGE 3 – Montmartre, a district of Paris, France, with many stairwells
  • IMAGE 4 – Just outside of Telluride, Colorado
  • IMAGE 5 – Yosemite National Park, California
  • IMAGE 6 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

9 thoughts on “For the Love of Beauty

  1. As a frequent traveler myself throughout the years, I, too love and appreciate the beauty of Mother Earth. Your pictures are beautiful and although I understand your intent of sharing these, it only makes me yearn more to WANT to get and outside and go WHEREVER I want to go! However, as we both know, this is not possible at this time. To make matters worse, our Country is filled with so much bitterness, hatred and lack of tolerance due to so many political & social agendas. I personally am trying to reflect upon my favorite prayer each day – The Prayer of St. Francis. If everyone would come together and reflect on these words within their heart each day, we COULD make a big difference in the future. One DOES NOT have to be religious or a “believer” to reflect upon this particular portion spoken by St. Francis:

    “Where there is hatred, let me sow love
    Where there is injury, pardon
    Where there is doubt, faith
    Where there is despair, hope
    Where there is darkness, light
    And where there is sadness, joy.“


    1. Thank you, mamaceil, for your heartfelt message & for sharing your sweet prayer.

      Seeing these photos makes me want to get on the road too! Maybe I will create a list of places to explore after this is all behind us.

      And I agree with your assessment, even though things are very dark right now, we are being presented with a tremendous opportunity to create a better world.

      Many blessings to you.


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