Day 222: Something Beautiful—The Eye of the Beholder

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Yes. I said I had finished with Alaska, but apparently not. And, yes, this may push the boundaries of people’s concept of beauty. So  be it. That said, I have a fascination with moose. For a long time. So much so, on our first Christmas together, my former husband presented me a pearl necklace strung around the neck of a stuffed moose.

No big surprise that on my recent trip to Alaska, seeing a live moose was high on the list of “musts.” For 10 days, all my fellow travelers determinedly searched the early morning and late afternoon roadsides in solidarity with my search. Around Day 8, we agreed an advisory had gone out to local wild animals—”Alert: Midwestern woman on the loose. Hide.” Dear “niece” Lisa was insistent that I not complete my Alaskan experience without fulfilling this wish. On returning from our cruise to see the glaciers the day before I left, she and her husband took me to a wildlife refuge. The shots below capture the beautiful bizarreness of this goofy looking creature. Despite his big gangly presence, he is curvaceous and, like that stuffed toy I received long ago, soft and sweet. A combination I find beautiful—an offbeat beauty. Una bellezza insolito.

PS The next, and my last morning, Lisa and I pulled out the driveway to see a mama moose and baby chewing away in the ditch across the road. Murphy’s Law.

moose& mtn

moose & me

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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