The Beauty of Not Even Trying

September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Heaven knows that I love All Things Beautiful, from fantastic landscapes to a perfect dress. But you may not know of the deep pleasure I take in things I find to be beautiful that aren’t trying in any way to be that — they are just what they are…


For instance, I am obsessed with painted trucks. I especially love this one, as well as the old “Yellow” and “A. Duie Pile” trucks that I see so often on the highways. Other favorites include hand-painted oil trucks…really, the next time you are sitting in traffic, take a look around. Pretty cool stuff.

What’s not to love about functional items that were designed with care, and also speak in another language from a generational perspective?


I think I want to bring back “parcels”. Isn’t it a good word?

Let’s not forget the most basic of packaged goods that are comforting because they almost never change…


And of course, the city streets, especially when they are “glazed with rain water”, to borrow a phrase from William Carlos Williams…

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I think that brick here is especially great.

So, while I write a lot about things that are made to be or are just naturally beautiful (I can’t wait to show you some of what I saw in the Tetons), I thought it was worth pointing out that if you look around, beauty is often hiding in plain sight.


(Photos: Some Cozy Night)

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