Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
For 15 days, I have worked hard to find stunningly images that move or delight me. For a moment today, the idea of having to do that for another 345 days was overwhelming. The thought of being redundant or unimaginative worried me. But then I remembered that this project is not about impressing you with how surprising and imaginative I can be. This is simply about focusing each day on one beautiful thing and sharing the experience. Once I came back to the purpose, I let go of the road ahead. But I couldn’t help laughing at myself realizing how ridiculous it was to think that I could cover all the world’s most beautiful things in 365 days.
I bother telling the back story simply to give you a view into my state of mind as I started today’s image safari. “Go with your first thought,” I coached myself. The inner dialogue went like this.
OK. Temples. Done that.
Cathedrals. Done THAT.
Still you don’t stop visiting beautiful just because you’ve seen one somewhere else.
My second thought was “cold.” An unsurprising preoccupation given that the thermometer has not risen above 25 this week. “Ice temple!” Alright, maybe the inspiration came from the Cinci Sister’s trip to the Hamilton Ice Sculpture competition last weekend. Regardless of the idea genesis, I had ice temples on the brain and came upon the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
Harbin is located in the Chinese province of Hei Long Jiang. The New Year
celebration is in its 26th year and features many life-sized buildings and structures, including Asian Pagodas and Temples. This photo is from Time Magazine’s story in pictures. The sculptures are fetes of engineering, luminous pieces of art, and much more.