Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a beautiful image for each day of the year.
Ninilchik, Alaska. On a bright sunny morning in July, I found myself on the shore of this tiny community on the western shore of the Kenai Peninsula. Facing a white volcano and a shore full of smooth, rounded stones. I found myself remembering a similar day on the shore of Lake Superior off Little Girl’s Point on the Wisconsin shoreline. My cousin and our children frolicked in the water, dug in the sand, and I built little stone zen gardens. Stacks and collections of stone assembled for their aesthetic properties. Like mules, the children carried stones up to the car trunk so that I could reconstruct my beautiful gardens in the backyard. There was no trunk to fill in Alaska and precious little weight to spare in baggage. And so, seven small mostly flat stones made the trip back in my handbag. Three flat soft charcoal grey. Two salmon, one egg shaped. One a round edged flat square. Oegg distorted I oval of white quartz. and one organic rectangle of a greyed celadon. the garden rests on my glass topped night stand. A nightly reminder of someplace beautiful where the minutiae of every day is far away.