Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.
Normandy was the site of unspeakable tragedy during the WWII invasion. That time erases evidence of atrocities of any sort, seems wrong. To scrub a landscape bleeding with the death of brothers, sisters, fathers, and friends—almost sacriligious.
The spectacular cliff formations near Etretat now stand spotlighted in a land that lay in ruin 70 years ago. Maybe these places grow more beautiful because of the blood that was shed. We cannot be given back the past, but we can hope that beauty may grow in a place blessed by the blood of good people. We can hope that these places grow so beautiful as to inspire a painting like the one Monet painted (below) to immortalize Etretat. A memorial. A testament. And hope.
My thoughts are with the victims of today’s bombing in Boston. May you find peace.