It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s something that is subjective – what one person finds beauty in another may not. There are many things in the natural world that there is a common belief are beautiful – for example, I’m yet to find anyone who doubts the beauty of a kingfisher as shown above. But this isn’t the case with everything – I mean who would find some wooden railings beautiful? Well me …

A frosty railing stands out with its dusting of sparkles

At this time of year, when Jack Frost has paid a visit overnight, there is often much beauty to be seen. The morning frost adds a sparkle to everything – making something you’d normally pay no heed to, stand out and catch the eye. It’s almost like a dusting of diamonds that sparkle in the morning sunlight.

In the bird world there are some more commonly seen birds which I think are overlooked for their beauty. The feral pigeon is one.

They’re a common sight across the country, so common that I think they get overlooked. I watched BBC Countryfile the other day where the lovely Simon King was talking about just how beautiful these birds are – and I wholeheartedly agree with him. The next time you see one – take a moment to look at the colours in their feathers – they’re actually really beautiful, colourful birds.

Green Iguana at Palapa Hut Hostel, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

When I was in Costa Rica in 2019 I met this guy above – a green iguana in the car park of the hostel I was staying at. I know when I returned home and showed my photos to friends and family – this was one that there were differing opinions about. Again it goes back to the idea of beauty being subjective. Personally – I see so much beauty in him … but do you?

Invitation: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Explore the beauty you see around you. I wonder what you’ll see?

If you feel moved to take this invitation – I invite you to share what you are noticing below.

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