The Irrefutable Persistance of Beauty~

is all around us,

and inside us,

unique and perfectly imperfect.

Sometimes, when we are worried or troubled,

we fail to recognize,


But is always here,

just waiting for us to notice,

and bring us comfort.

Cheers to you from all that is beautiful in you and around you~

300 thoughts on “The Irrefutable Persistance of Beauty~

    • <3 When people suffer, they are more likely to respond to the power of beauty, in and around them.
      If a person isn't suffering now, they may avoid this message. But, eventually, they will have to catch up.

  1. My photographic eye always inspires me to higher levels of understanding and rejoicing in the beauty of the simple things in life. That first image was wondrous in its simple and elegant manifestation of the beauty of nature. <3

  2. Hi Cindy, what a beautiful post and I love the poem. The flowers with all their bees friends are just gorgeous. Well done. Thank you for reminding us. I love flowers. Happy Sunday to you!

  3. The irrefutable persistence of beauty – you more than proved it here, Cindy. That first image especially is exquisite, but they are all arresting.

  4. Wow, your photography art never disappoints! Those are interesting looking bugs in your last photo! I love the roses with the black foreground! Fantastic friend! Happy 4th of July wishes sweetie! Hugz Lisa and Bear

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  6. Too often I don’t stop to look, and even then I sometimes don’t see. Not today, however… After these visions, not for some time (I hope). Grateful here!

    • This comment makes me very happy I did this post. I used to be this way, but photography changed everything for me. Now I not only look, but I see, and am in the actual moment. It has made such a substantial difference in my life.

  7. Speaking of opened flowers, close up lens and enabled us to appreciate flowers in a whole new way, as you have so aptly demonstrated, Cindy. Thanks for bringing the beauty into my world this morning. –Curt

  8. Hey Cindy,

    There is beauty within all the carefully crafted photographs you have taken and I enjoy them all very much, thank you. The first image in the series is my favourite. When first seen as a quick glimpse I perceived the rose incorrectly and imagined it was instead a photograph of two swans tenderly embracing or two swans photographed in a ballet of love. Perhaps I am an old romantic with a soft focus and a gentle heart, or perhaps what I saw out of the corner of my eye was all that I believe to be already blooming in the heart of a white rose?

    Thank you Cindy, your post captured my attention and captivated my imagination.

    Hoping all is well in all ways always. Take care.

    Namaste πŸ™‚


    • What an incredibly beautiful mind you have! You soul saw swans, your mind said rose. In fact it is neither. It is a single layered, fragile peony encumbered by the rain. I love everything about your comment, your thinking, and your intuitive process. Isn’t it wonderful to know that your mind in this case, was not a more accurate perceiver than your soul? I love this so much. This is how human perception works, and this is why it is so important to understand it is subjective, especially when we think it is most objective. Thank you for this. <3

      • Hey Cindy,

        You’ve corrected me in the most charming manner possible and in the process salvaged my fragile embarrassment, thank you. I now know that a rose by any other name is called a Peony πŸ™‚

        I can’t begin to imagine where my thoughts were when I loaded your site but it would appear the delightful peony acted as a catalyst to bring those gentle thoughts to the fore. She is an exquisite flower after-all and her beauty inspires. Your photograph captures her softness, delicacy and beauty, but also the essence of her, the soul of her, and/or the sensation or feeling of her: the metaphysical reality of her. In your photograph I saw swans dancing in the folded petals of a rose…that is how I perceived her and why she held my gaze. Even when I look at the photograph now, she still lulls my heart and fools my eye πŸ™‚

        Your phrase, ‘…a peony encumbered by the rain’ – is quite adorable and I might just appropriate it as my own. You have a gentle way with words. πŸ™‚

        Thank you for conjuring spells and enchanted images. Have a wonderful afternoon.

        Namaste <3


        • “I now know that a rose by any other name is called a peony.”
          Cracking up!!!! Now we both know. Thank you enlightening me! The next time someone begins to wax poetically saying, “A rose by any other name…”
          I will quickly interject and say, “is called a peony.” 🌹
          If they question me, I will say, “Just ask my friend Dewin. She knows!”
          You rock!
          Your thoughts are lovely and make me smile. <3

          • lol πŸ˜€ then we are both enlightened and have the Peony to thank for everything! Your humour is infectious Cindy and I am happily sat here smiling as well and sharing the fun of our peony-inspired musing, thank you…tis a perfect way to unwind for the evening ahead. πŸ™‚

            Dewin is a ‘he’, mostly male (I think!) with a soft and a gentle heart and a passionate muse…I think it is probably the muse who rocks…I just do what I’m told to ensure a quiet life – it’s a little like being married lol πŸ™‚

            Thank you for laughter, smiles, beauty, and the warmth of blogging friendship. Hoping your afternoon/evening will be blessed.

            Take care of one and all,

            Namaste <3


    • I am a gardener and it is so fun to have the space to be creative at The Holler, but in these photos, only the roses and the moonflower are from The Holler, all the others are from the Lichtenthaler Allee in Baden Baden. It was still snowing when I was there and the flowers just boggled my mind.

  9. We take things for granted. Yes we need to stop sometimes and take a look at all the beauty in and around us. Thanks for the reminder Cindy

  10. Beautiful captures, Cindy. The roses are divine.🌹🌹🌹

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    Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
    Greetings from Norway πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄
    Dina & co

  11. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us! It is easy not to notice beauty in the ugliness of the man made horrors that afflict us. This natural beauty offers us peace and healing in a troubled and hurting world where pain is all around us. Your own beauty shines through like the summer sun through your beautiful photos and the words you choose to accompany them,lighting up the day whenever they appear here ☺

    • I am humbled by your sensitivity to the sad state of our world, the suffering of far too many people, and the selfishness of some who cause so much unnecessary suffering. It is very easy to get bogged down by the depressiveness of all this, so it is important to hold onto to beauty in our hearts and minds, and do what we can to make things better. Love to you~

  12. Such beautiful photographs and to see the white peony was a bit confusing. I can understand why it might seem roselike! Our wild peonies are similar but very pink!

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  14. Thanks for the reminder to look at the beauty around me today. It’s too bad sometimes it gets lost in the blurr of a busy day. Slowwwwwinnnng down today ! Your photo’s a wonderful. <3 Boom

      • That’s so generous, thank you too for sharing your travels, insights and fantastic photos with us here. BTW, my day was over the top awesome. I got some really good news about work. Stay tuned. xo B

        • I am not surprised. Your work just exudes lightness of being. Can’t wait to hear about what is developing. Whatever it is, you so totally deserve it. Your creativity makes me happy~

  15. The flowering tree is just gorgeous and those flowers all feathery and light. The beauty and miracles are all around us. Just opening our eyes helps, Seeing through yours helps more. πŸ™‚

  16. Dearest Cindy, I have such admiration for your wonderful beautiful images.. now I am having a hard with which ones to put up.. the flower? hmmmmmmm, The Birds? hmmmmm, or the churches? hmmmmm…lol love them so beautiful sweet talented friend..

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