People travel long distances to see famous waterfalls in beautiful valleys, yet the beauty of small objects that nature has so profusely set before us escapes their eyes. And even their “love” for those objects when they profess to like them; is a base one.”
Of all natural scenery I love mountains the best. In the mountains the cold effects are brighter than anywhere else and the ‘afterglow? lingers long after the sun has set. When the lower slopes are all dark, the peak is transfigured by the light as it kisses it good-by. When rain falls the colours are emphasized, and the leaves and the grass become a lighter green.
On the mountain the flowers are peculiarly large and bright in colour. Not only are there many beautiful species which are peculiar to the mountains, but even within the same species flowers living up in the mountains are larger and brighter than those in the plains.
[the_ad id=”17141″]A garden full of flowers is a beautiful object, and Bacon considered that a garden is “the greatest refreshment to the spirit of man without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks and a man shall ever see that when ages grow to civility and elegance men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely, as if gardening were the greater perfection”. Yet to the true lover of nature, flowers to be seen at their best must be wild. Even the names of flowers suggest the joy that men have taken in them.
“There are trees flourish on the hills with peculiar luxuriance-pines, ferns, beeches, chestnuts, larches, and others. These trees seem to be enjoying the sweet air and the pure mountain streams”.
As for richness of colour, birds and animals view with flowers in richness and variety of these colours. For” animals colours have two uses-they make them more attractive to their mates and are protective. Take such an ordinary example as the dark back and the silvery belly of the flesh-what is its use? The dark back makes the fish less conspicuous to any one looking low into the water; and the white belly makes him less visible from below.
In the Middle Ages people were very sensitive to the beauties of nature. They had stories of knights who loved or were loved by nature spirits. Although we know that there are such things as nature spirits, yet we know that nature always rewards the man who loves her, not with money but with peaceful thoughts and contentment.
We rejoice in Nature because all life is one and when we are in tune with Nature we unconsciously recognise the oneness of life. Nature or the God is not only full of power and peace but also full of beauty. That is why mystics have called God. “The Beautiful because all Nature, even in its minutest details, is full of Beauty.