This new feature is designed to inspire you to look at the world around you, to take note of the season at hand and to capture it – in memory or on film – for posterity. I will be choosing five photos each week for with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week.

Something I’ve wondered about since I was a child has been humanity’s relationship with the sky. Since the dawn of time, we have monitored that vast space above us, searching for answers, for solace and comfort, for dreams, for warnings and for inspiration. We are awed by its enormity, its colors, and its temper. There is a shadow of longing, too. We are wingless and will never fly without the aid of some perfunctory contraption: wax wings melted by the sun or tonnes of steel fuselage preventing us from truly experiencing what it means to fly. We are ground-dwellers who must be content to cast our collective gaze beyond the treetops for that hopeful glimpse of something much bigger than us.


LIFE OF A CLOUD (excerpt)

Warming thermals whisper as they rise

To tell us they are soon to bring to view

In cooler air aloft before your eyes

A gentle wisp to counterpoint the blue

Powder puffs emerge to grant her grace

That further bloom, as would for stately tree, and

Yield a sight that calls for our embrace

Another cloud anew above the lea

                                                                       -Mark Slaughter, 2010

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Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.



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Brings to mind Wordworth's "I wandered lonely as a cloud"…but I think he got it wrong. These are far from lonely – instead there's an all-encompassing feeling here, of connection to the soul! Thank you!


Thank you for sharing so much beauty. Mr. Slaughter's poem was wonderful, too.


Love the poem. The pictures are all beautiful, but the third one is so breathtaking it almost made me weep. thank you for this new feature.


Thank you Andrew. Those pics are so pretty. I was looking at the full moon last night here and was thinking it is so vital as human beings to be able to connect with nature.