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 Beekman1802.com with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week
I have always preferred the transitional seasons, spring and autumn, to the stasis of winter and summer with their extremes of heat and cold. I appreciate every season, but I think it’s the witness to change that inspires change within myself.
Spring is especially lovely because it is so optimistic: brave little bulbs that have survived a cold and lonely spell in frozen soil suddenly awaken and reveal their beautiful secrets. Bare branches put on their emerald armor and everything begins to move again. We are drawn outdoors by the sunlight and the warmth and we can’t help but feel better.
As hopeful as any New Year’s Eve party we could conjure up, with resolutions and promises we may or may not keep, Spring revels in her renewal and commits to it. She scrubs away the grey and melts the ice. She paints irreplaceable palettes of spectacular colour across the landscape and dares us to indulge in happiness, indoors and out. Put away the bulky sweaters, leave behind the gloves and take heart in the freedom of change.
1. Sweet Paul magazine, Spring 2012 issue
2. Lily of the Valley
3. Bright kitchen: Honeyhouses.tumblr.com
4. Laundry on the line: Julia Stotz
5. Samantha Robinson’s porcelain watermelon bowls
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.