The ugly can achieve an absoluteness beyond the reach of beauty.

by Kim February. 21, 2008 3704 views

I am not saying that these things are ‘ugly’ in the sense of being hideous–but a cone is not as beautiful as a rose, a ripped leaf not as abundant as a whole leaf, a clover not as pretty as a well formed daisy with creamy white petals.

Nature provides ‘second cousins’ in order to enhance what we humans consider beautiful. Life is full of contrasts–light and dark, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. At least on the physical plane. On the spiritual? Well I have met what I consider ‘ugly’ people who bloom into roses as I speak to them. And I have met ‘beautiful’ people who open their mouths and become ugliness personified.

George Sand (female author) was celebrated not only for her talent but her ugliness–yet it is said she had many lovers. Marilyn Monroe (considered the twentieth century sex icon) never found what she was looking for. Sad isn't it? Or maybe it is a lesson that skin is skin and we are not always the sum of our parts.

"I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws."
Marcia Gay Harden

"Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion."
Proverbs 11:22

"Ugliness without tact is horrible."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness”

Jean Vanier

"I think everybody has brokenness. There's no doubt about that. We live in a fallen world. This is not heaven. Everybody has scars. Everybody is hurting somewhere, I guarantee you that. Everyone has a hidden hurt." Rick Warren

"Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts."
Serge Gainsbourg

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Sherij 13 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful!! Love the yellow color.

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Maria 13 years, 1 month ago

It's all about perception. This is a beautiful post - photos and words. :)

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Nes 13 years, 1 month ago

very cool idea!
beautiful pisc and smart thoughts

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Frenchies 13 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set !

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Storytaylor 13 years, 1 month ago

fantastic shapes and thoughts. have a great weekend

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Maria 13 years, 1 month ago

#2 is very beautiful! :)

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Mario Jean 13 years, 1 month ago

Well thought text. Impressions are all personnal.
Mine now, on your beautiful shots:
#1 & 6 are my favs, both animated with deeply beautiful colors and so soft looking. Superb!

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Walter 13 years, 1 month ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... :-)

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Maud - Normandie - France 13 years, 1 month ago

Merveilleuses photos ! toutes très jolies !

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Tomek 13 years, 1 month ago

lovely shots!

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Francesco 13 years, 1 month ago

Nice close-up photos !
Well Done Kim ! =))

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Tomie Poodle 13 years, 1 month ago

many beautiful pics! great post! i love too the way of thinking!

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Fionarobinson 13 years, 1 month ago

great set. love that each one has a different colour.

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Julie 13 years, 1 month ago

Impressive and interesting post.
Great macros.

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