The Magic Frame – Beauty


I am off for almost a week, and I thought that I would schedule this post prior to my departure. It is inspired by a weekly challenge by Esther Newton on the topic of ‘beauty’.

It is relevant, because it represents a seminal moment in my life.

I was sitting in the balcony of a friend’s house in the hills, a few years ago. It was raining, and the clouds disturbed the view. Yet, it was cool, and the air was refreshing. Human nature kicked in, and I focussed my energies on the clouds that were obscuring the view. As I fussed about them, I forgot about the cool, fresh air that I was enjoying.

After a short while, the rain stopped, and the clouds rolled away. I now found myself staring straight at the Trishul mountain range ( a part of the Himalayas). There they stood, with the beautiful blue sky above them, surrounded by white clouds, with the green trees in the foreground. It was a marvellous sight, pagan in a way, and spoke of Nature in all her beauty and glory.

The mountains stood there, smiling gently, as they have stood for millions of years before man. And, there they shall stand, if man allows Nature to have her way.

The sheer beauty of the mountains, of Nature, seemed to permeate every cell of my body and soul.

That was the moment that I realised that I wanted to dedicate my life to being a photographer-writer. That is the moment when I realised that I would dedicate this direction to trying to find beauty in Nature, people, things, and try to focus people away from ugliness.

That was the moment when I understood beauty.

That, for me, was the moment of truth.

What has been your seminal moment?



  1. I like your moment. A moment for me it was a dream of crystals growing out of the walls at such a rate that traffic was blocked. They were beautiful. I had recently stopped painting; as a result of an artist’s block created by being worn down by gallery dealers. The dream inspired me to go to college and study geology….

  2. You describe that moment so beautifully. I don’t think I have had one moment, but a series of them starting when I was young. I made a decision a long time ago to focus on the uplifting moments and dreams, rather than on the ugliness in life. That quest has sustained me and brought me great joy.

    1. Thanks. I think that, in general, it is a process. Possibly why that moment struck me so hard, was that I was at a crossroad, and was not sure which way I wanted to move

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I also like your moment. Sometimes it is a series of moments filled with beauty like the falling snow or the blowing wind that can inspire.

  4. I love mountains , Your words were as if I was sitting there , looking at ” the beautiful blue sky above them, surrounded by white clouds, with the green trees in the foreground”. Love your moment!

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