Appreciating Craftsmanship and Beauty…

Appreciating Craftsmanship and Beauty…

I’ve just received my first (used) digital camera (gotta love e-Bay!)…. I’m so excited for the new adventures that await me!!

A friend back in the U.S. has been encouraging me to take photos, to visually share the extraordinary beauty that’s all around me here in the U.K.  Everything looks so different here, than back in Canada – it’s easy to notice the beauty, with ‘fresh eyes’.

And I’ve also been inspired by these incredibly gorgeous walls, built by people who cared about beauty, while also appreciating great craftsmanship in their handiwork… these walls are everywhere… with so many amazing variations on a theme.

I love that human ingenuity has used what was at hand, to provide what has been needed… while also investing creative energy and the craftsmanship to make it beautiful, as well as functional!

image re appreciating craftsmanship of rock wallHere’s a close-up photo – the rocks are stacked, usually in horizontal rows of vertical or diagonal rocks.  Each rock is flat (shale? limestone?), about the size of a large adult hand.

And, sweetly, they’re often inter-planted, as here, with small plants…

 

 

 

image re appreciating craftsmanship in creative rock wall variations

And they’re usually in patterns like herringbone, or variations on this…

Sometimes mixed with whatever natural rock croppings are there…

image of Woolacombe wall

 

image re Woolacombe Bay, Devon, where the rocks for walls were mined

And here’s where they mined the rocks… right from the bay at low tide… these cliffs are really high and steep!  (Without fences, for the most part…it’s truly walkers and hikers beware – I understand there are rock slides that sometimes happen, where the edge of the clifftop falls away!  YIKES!).

But people here seem to walk carefully, appreciating the natural beauty… whether it’s what Nature has provided, or humans have artistically and functionally created…

When you walk outside, what signs of craftsmanship and artistry, what beauty do you see, around where you live?

How do you keep ‘fresh eyes’ to seeing the beauty Nature offers, even when you’re not traveling somewhere new?

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