Have you ever stared at the fluttering butterfly? What about gazing at a glorious sunset? When was the last time you admired the display of roses in a garden… All of them are shows of beauty.
Since the beauty of nature is everywhere, you only need to know how to look for it. It is a common saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” One of the essential characteristics of such beauty relies on the authenticity of it. However, although the attraction is there, not everyone will spot it. Of course, we do not have to be experimented artists to see more clearly, to notice the beauty around us.
What we need is to go out and look at things in a new light. But “what should I look for?” -you may ask-. We could start by paying attention the four basic elements of beauty. Everyone can discern those elements in almost every facet of things in the nature around us. The more often we pause to observe them, the more we will enjoy this art and authenticity.
Telling Apart the Elements of Beauty in Nature:
• Forms and Patterns.
Have you seen the world you live in? It is all about forms. Some of them are linear like the columns of a clump of bamboo or geometric like a spider’s web, whereas others are shapeless like a cloud that changes continuously. Many shapes are attractive. Think, for instance, in an exotic orchid, look in the spirals of a seashell, or put an eye on the branches of a tree that has shed its leaves.
The distribution of light gives a unique quality to the forms we find attractive. Details are highlighted, the texture is colored, and a mood is created. The time of day or the season of the year, the weather, even the place we live in, all affect the brightness of color. If we are on a cloudy day with its diffused light, we can appreciate the subtle tones of wildflowers or autumn leaves. Consider the crags and peaks of a mountain range showing off their dramatic forms when sculptured by the rising or setting sun. One more, go the bright sun of the Tropics and see the way it converts the shallow sea into a transparent wonderland for snorkelers.
It gives life to the different objects we see around us. While their form may distinguish them, their color highlights their uniqueness. Furthermore, the distribution of intensity in harmonious patterns creates its beauty. It goes from a vibrant color like red or orange that cries out for our attention, up to a relaxing color like blue or green.
The way in which the three essential elements: form, light, and color, combine determines the layout. And here we, as observers, have a crucial role to play. Just by moving slightly forward, backward, to one side, higher, or lower, we can adjust the elements or the lighting in our picture. We can thus crop the image to include only the items that we desire.
These pictures within a picture give us different approaches and fill an inner human necessity for relaxing. And, apart from the aesthetic pleasure it provides us, nature’s art—both large and small—can draw us closer to our human nature!
At Etosoto our primary goals aim to share a real philosophy of life from the point of relearning to observe nature and appreciate its paramount today.