How does one define beauty? What makes an object beautiful or a work of art beautiful?
Perhaps it is best defined as the aesthetic pleasure gained from perceiving something that you believe to be attractive. Or, put even more simply, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". That perception owned by the beholder is never static either and is in a constant state of flux based on what is going on in that person's life at any given moment in time.
When I'm out on a hike, I am always the one lagging behind everyone else. Mostly because I come armed with a camera and can't help but stop to take photos of what's around me. I will admit that I am more distracted by things that require a close up inspection than I am of the grand sweeping landscapes before me. Macro is a muse that I spend a lot of time with.
This was a very big rock that had lots of irregular surfaces. In this particular case, the irregularity made for a very abstract shadow. Any bystander who saw me taking this picture might have thought I was off my rocker as it didn't look like my subject matter was worthy of a shot!
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse by stopping by to see what others have posted!