It’s not what you hold in your hand that makes a good photograph; it’s what you hold in your heart.
I often grab my camera with one thought: there is something beautiful waiting to pose for me so I can show it off to the world. The best images I capture begin with this idea: I anticipate beauty.
Fortunately, one of my favorite places on earth to discover beauty is in my backyard; the Flint Hills of Kansas. If you think Kansas is boring then you need to join me on a hike through the Flint Hills and let her forever change your mind. She will seduce you with her charm.
I recently loaded up my cameras and headed to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve snuggled in the middle of the Flint Hills. As I began a leisurely stroll down one of their many hiking trails, I was reminded of the power of anticipating beauty in nature. Not far in the journey, I saw this beauty dancing without music.
Along the journey that day, I discovered a few others.
Wonderful things happen when we anticipate beauty in nature, in people, in families, in our jobs, and in our selves.
- Our overall attitude towards life will be better.
- People will enjoy our company much more.
- We will find the solutions to problems.
- We will enjoy the hidden treasures that others pass by.
- We will make the world a much better place in which to live.
St. Thomas Aquinas defined beauty as something that, once seen, pleases the eye.
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