The Most Beautiful Things

Peacock Feathers
Peacock feathers

Beauty overflows our world. From the lush, sun-dappled rain forests to the moon-swept deserts, the earth surrounds us with astonishing beauty. Magnificent animals, exotic birds, and, above all, people are everywhere. In this exquisite world  people create, and have created, magnificent things that inspire us.

What would you say are the most beautiful things? I was going to begin with “The Ten Most Beautiful Things.” But it was a ridiculous task. So I set up categories of things like buildings, animals, gardens, and, of course, people. You no doubt have different tastes and would choose differently. I hope you enjoy my collection.

As you look and wonder, worship God’s creations and marvel at the giftedness of architects, artists, and everyone who lifts a paintbrush, designs a robot, and creates a garden. Our ability to create is a God-given gift that provides a more beautiful world and deep satisfaction for those who create. Enjoy!

The Earth

You are here.  That fragile, impossibly beautiful and achingly vulnerable globe hanging all alone out there in the star speckled dark… that is home. That is Earth.

Earth from space
NASA image

 

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NASA image of earthrise from the moon

Animals

They leap across the savannahs,  glide through coral reefs, and wing through the trees.

 

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Bengal tiger

 

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Mandarin duck
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Horses are so beautiful! Perhaps Arabian?
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Jellyfish
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Sea dragon, a tiny seahorse that camouflages itself as seaweed
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Peacock
Mandarin goby fish (be sure to double check)
Mandarin Goby fish
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Catalina Macaw parrot, a hybrid between “Blue and Gold” and “Scarlet” Macaw

Flowers and gardens

Yep. Just five for now. I am showing remarkable restraint here.

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Granada hybrid tea rose
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Cattleya orchid
Stargazer lily
Stargazer lily
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Sunflower. Note the incredible geometric detail
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Poinciana blossom
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Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands
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The gardens at Versailles, France

Buildings

People create such amazing, complex, and inspiring structures and decorate them in so many fantastic ways. These are some of my favorites.Chapelle_Palatine2

Chapelle Palatine, Palermo, Sicily. Incredible mosaic tile inlaid with gold leaf.

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Chapelle Palatine, Palermo, Sicily
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Roman pool, Hearst Mansion, San Simeon, California. Walls, ceiling, and floor are entirely covered with mosaic tile.
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Glory window in the Thanks-giving Square Chapel, Dallas Texas
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I don’t know where this window is, but I love the way the light streams through the glass. I like the story of the little boy who explained to his sister that saints are the people the light shines through.
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Palau de la Musica catalana concert hall, Barcelona, Spain (photo by Jiuguang Wang)

 

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Ceiling stained glass, Palau de la Musica catalana, Barcelona, Spain

 

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La Sagrada Familia Basilica by Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain. Read the story of this amazing cathedral, still under construction
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Taj Mahal, Agra, India
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Ribbon Chapel, Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshi Nakamuru, architect.
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Ribbon chapel. Two spiral staircases provide the building’s support. There are no other walls.
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Ribbon Chapel
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
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Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, France

Sculptures and works of art

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16th Ave. tiled steps, San Francisco, California
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King Tutankhamen’s funeral mask
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peacock sidewalk
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Pieta by Michelangelo

People

Young or old, the human face is the most expressive part of any creature in our world. Alike but so different, we are made in the image of God.

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David Shultz enjoys mountain views in Arizona where he lives with his wife and two dogs, Molly and Maggie.

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  1. Thank you David for sharing the beautiful thought-provoking pictures!! I was blessed!! I also paused to thank God for the beauty of our world to enjoy and numerous talented people for their creations!!

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