This Wondrous Summertime World

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If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere – Vincent van Gogh

Beauty has not been hard to find this summer, despite the heat. Almost everywhere I’ve gone, and I’ve moved around a fair amount, I’ve been hyper-conscious of the natural beauty of this fragile world.

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Even in the heart of the city, the sky, the light, has often been breathtaking.

Above, early evening view of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island. Below, mackerel sky over the Brooklyn Museum.

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“This world is so beautiful that I can hardly believe it exists!” That was Ralph Waldo Emerson. He could have been reflecting on a scene like the one below, in Western Massachusetts:

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Or these, in upstate New York:

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But not to give short shrift to the human-made, either. Because this is an omnibus post after a three-month-long drought, I’m going to stuff it with a few more images that caught the eye of this lazy blogger in my summertime travels, and move on, we hope, to a more prolific fall.

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Fireworks over Shelter Island, N.Y.

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Vintage service station in Chester, Mass.

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Victorian brick pile in Schoharie, N.Y. Cornices, shutters, columns — all outstanding.

Schenectady, N.Y. is a trove of historic architecture and that is not a joke. Below, three views of the Stockade District, a substantial, intact neighborhood of 18th and 19th century houses, about forty of which are over 200 years old.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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2 Responses to This Wondrous Summertime World

  1. Stunningly beautiful. Like you, I am realizing more and more, the beauty that surrounds us every day. Stop by when you are in the area. I moved my store next door to 495 Atlantic. Thank you for your photos, and the history you provide.

  2. cara says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Karen. Maybe it’s an aging thing — the enhanced appreciation of beauty? But it also probably has something to do with the bad news we hear every day about accelerating climate change. Will stop by!

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