The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 43 – The Frost Flower.

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The Frost Flower, the extraordinary phenomenon when water freezes within a plant, and extrudes from it, literally blossoming from it into a complex ice flower.  They can form into solid sculpture-like flowers like the top photo or form whimsical, cotton candy-like formations (bottom).  However, on open oceans in the Arctic and North Pole region, when the air is extremely cold and dry, but colder than the water, in a complex iteration, the water moves from the ocean, into the dry air, and then descends again as ice, gradually forming frost flower arrangements, and the ocean blossoms in fields of frost flowers.
 
Other names for the frost flower are frost facesice castlesice blossoms or crystallofolia.
 
Frost flowers are usually very delicate and will break when touched and will also melt, fairy tale-like, with contact with the sun and so are usually visible in the early morning or in shaded areas.  However, some frost flower extrusions, like ice that cracks rock, are so powerful that they will rip the bark off of trees as they blossom!  
 
Remarkable!
 
Examples of plants that often form frost flowers are white crownbeard, commonly called frostweed, and yellow ironweed.  They have also been observed growing from fallen branches of conifers.
The photo of the frosted rose is included merely because it is beautiful and shows another type of way frost can combine with flowers.
 
For vast, dazzling additional frost flower photos:
 
 
I was introduced to the existence of frost flowers by Mrs. Iris Bell, making this her third issue she was the source of the subject for (see Issues 6 and 7).  Thank you so much, Iris!
 
The Beautiful Project is 4 years old as of yesterday.  Many more beautiful issues to come!!!
 
Photo Credit for the above photos is, sequentially: the iconic first one, “The Frost Flower Of The Ozarks” (I call it), taken in the Ozark Mountains by: Marvin Smith, via Flickr; the following 2 of the Arctic and North Pole are by Matthias Wietz; The Ship In The Field Of Frost Flowers is by the SHEBA project of the University of Washington, the frosted rose is credited to the online business fwallpapers user ‘dan’ and the final gossamer-whimsical one is by Flickr user ‘markinspecx’.
 
Much research material for this issue came from or was paraphrased from the following articles: 
“Suddenly There’s A Meadow In The Ocean With ‘Flowers’ Everywhere” by Robert Krulwich – https://goo.gl/aPMWM2
 
Thank you to all.

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 37 – The Swan

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The Swan is the subject of this issue, the most elegant of animals. Truly, one of the most beautiful things in existence. One of the nicest things about the swans is that they mate for life; very loyal, besides being beautiful.

Surprisingly, there is more than one type and color of swan, the “white” swan, the black swan, and different color bills. Above are 13 of the most sumptuous pics of swans I could find. Enjoy! (Let me tell you – they make GREAT desktop pictures. Especially the first and second one.)

That snow-whiteness of the swan’s (try saying that 5 times fast, lol! : ]]) back is extraordinary. In pic 6, zoom in on it, the feel of how it looks and the texture is awesome. It looks like Ivory soap, but even whiter. (Maybe because it’s 100%, not just 99.44. : ] Haha!) And like Ivory soap, it too floats! . . .

It’s just a big Ivory soap sculpture. Ha! I know, I should stop that, I’m being a . . . silly goose. Lol!

There are real black swans, who knew? It isn’t just a character in the third act of the ballet Swan Lake. And they have red bills. Wow.

Also – Camille Saint-Saëns, in his piece of music The Carnival of the Animals, composed a section ‘The Swan’, his expression in music of it. I always thought he really captured the elegance of the swan. Piece below –

http://goo.gl/tcr5rI

And, because it is really sublime, just for the fun of it, this is music from the ballet; the first, what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Swan Theme’, and then also the complete Orchestral Suite from the ballet Swan Lake by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; I REALLY, REALLY suggest you listen to both, it’s exquisite –

http://goo.gl/Bi8hcG

http://goo.gl/GoeQdf

Don’t go taking a ‘swan dive’, now. Lol. But you can go watch the TV show Once Upon a Time, which stars the character Emma Swan. Ha! Ok, enough swan references. : )) …

Hugs,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – 1 Year Anniversary And Issue No. 34 – The Star Flower

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Hello, Everyone.  

As some of you have noticed, it has been some time since the last Issue of The Beautiful Project.  I have been fighting hard to build a life for myself in personal independence, and was ill too, but I am continuing to move forward, and, the difficulties of these past 3 months behind me, I am doing what I teach my Life Coaching students, to keep moving forward.  I am reminded of Issue No. 18 – A Return To Life, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem.  Those of you who know me better also know that I have had a resumption of relations with my family recently, after 15 years of separation.  It has been a very traumatic last few months, and I continue my Frodo-esque struggle up my own personal Mount Doom to try to finally chuck the ring into the volcano and succeed in building a life for myself in personal independence, as a writer and Life Coach.          

In that regard, I will be doing much less text writing in the issues of The Beautiful Project in order to put the time towards the critical priorities.  That is a simpler, and in some ways, more focused format, which is also elegant, and I expect will be very enjoyable too.  A quick shot of beauty, in and out, nobody gets hurt, ha ha ha.

I was busy and having trouble getting to do this issue, but I could not let the year end without doing one more issue of The BP.  As I now write this, at 4:24 am, today, coincidentally, is, to the hour, the 1 year Anniversary of the launch of The Beautiful Project on Saturday, 12/29/12 at 4:55 am (the email time stamp).  Happy Anniversary!

In celebration of that, in a way, this issue contains for the first time, a beautiful thing I myself did as the subject of the Issue:

I work in the community garden near my home, and I took, with some great calisthenic difficulty, a photo of a swinging in the breeze morning glory on it’s vine, on my iPhone, with flash, which came out really great.  It looks like it is giving off a light of it’s own (it is fun to play with the brightness of your screen to enjoy the different effects).  I am calling the photo The Star Flower, because of the shape of the star on it. It was pointed out to me that the leaves around it are shaped like hearts, so it’s star and hearts and flower, in one photo, all from nature, how cool is that?!!

Enjoy!  The photo is attached.  Note:  You can see the shadow of the flower, from the flash, on the leaf behind it, just to the right.  ( :  !!!  Fireworks on the 1 year celebration attached!  ( :  

In recap, the first year was a success, the blog moving from 3rd, to 2nd, to 1st as a Google hit by it’s own name, 350 people being on the email list, and it getting it’s 50th WordPress follower and 100th Like. Hooray!  Here’s to many more years of The Beautiful Project!  The Beautiful Project, Forever!  The BP, Forever!  The BP4EVER!!!  ( :  It’s been one heck of a year!  ( :  

By the way, WordPress has it snowing on the blog, the Holiday Season special effect.  Check it out and check out Issue No. 1 at the beginning of the blog, in celebration if you haven’t already.  It’s something – beautiful!  Hahahahahaha! 

And please let me know exactly what you think of The Star Flower!

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

All my best, with Tender, Loving Care, and Happy New Year!

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 27 – Summertime, Summertime.

I am a huge Beach Boys fan, and this being the first few days of summer, I am doing Issue. 27 as the Beach Boys ‘Surfin’ Safari’.  It expresses so much of the sun-washed joy of life.  The Beach Boys are sort of the Christmas songs of the summer.  Enjoy!  Surf’s Up!

http://tiny.cc/surfinsafari

And because one beautiful thing isn’t enough in a start of Summertime issue –

The following is the old Summertime, Summertime song, remarkable because one, it actually sounds like a Christmas song, two, I hear what sounds like a harpsichord in it, three, I made the comparison to Christmas music before I heard it!  That’s a funny coincidence.  That said, the rigid, formal style of this pop song is also a little funny too . . .

http://tiny.cc/Summertime-Summertime

And check out this amazingly cool surf photo while you are at it.  It is called Swell Time In Town and it is by the great Thomas Barbèy.

http://tiny.cc/SwellTime

You can buy the songs here:

http://tiny.cc/Surfin-Safari-Song

http://tiny.cc/Summertime-Song-Buy

And the photomontage here:

http://tiny.cc/Swell-Time-Buy

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of The Beach Boys song, and the rest of the beautiful things!

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

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All my caring, 

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 26 – The Glories Of The Universe (2 issues, same day, No. 27 to follow)

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 26 – The Glories Of The Universe (2 issues, same day, No. 27 to follow)

Ladies and Gentlemen!!!,

In honor of this being the first few days of the summer of a beautiful time in our lives, and the fact that due to intensely extreme busyness, I still have not done last last Friday’s issue of The Beautiful Project, I am doing 2 issues on the same day, to get back on track.

These two issues are about a beautiful thing from many light years away in the universe and something from right here on Earth.  The one that is far away in the universe was submitted by the brilliant Priscilla Tiffany Torres.  What a submission.  Very Doctor Who.  Thank you, Priscilla!

From deepest space, where, with the naked eye, nothing could be seen, comes the image of beauty far, far away, elsewhere in the universe.  These photos were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and shows beautiful galaxies billions of light years away (remember, the universe is *very* large : ]); greater detail in the captions on the photos.   Observe the grandeur of the brilliance of men, who can perceive things billions of miles away, and take photos of them, and there they are, for easy viewing now, on your device.

http://tiny.cc/beautifuluniverse  

How cool is that?  HOW COOL IS THAT??!!  : )

Let me know what you think, and how you like it, and now, on to a terrestrial beautiful thing in Issue No. 27. . .

I wish you all the best, with tender, loving, care,

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 25 – Special Issue – The Transit of Venus Between Earth And The Sun.

The Beautiful Project – Special Issue – The Transit of Venus Between Earth And The Sun.

Hello, my dear reader,

Attached is a remarkable photo, of both scientific and aesthetic meaning, in multiple ways. You may remember that in the previous issue there was the painting ‘Surrender’ depicting a woman in the reverence of hero worship before the statue of a hero. Here is the photo of the planet Venus, as it makes its rare transit directly between Earth and the sun. Taking the sun as the hero, and Venus as the woman, the comparison between the work of art and the photo becomes apparent, and appreciable for it’s enormous aesthetic meaning.

This photo was taken of the 2012 transit of Venus; the next one will not be until 2117!

The aforementioned painting is linked in the prior issue.

This is also an important issue of The Beautiful Project, because all of the prior issues of The Beautiful Project have been about beautiful things on this planet; this marks the launch of my exhibiting beautiful things in other places in the universe, in accordance with the mission to exhibit the most beautiful things in existence, which includes not just the beautiful things on Earth, but beautiful things everywhere in the universe. And there are so many!!! Indeed, The Beautiful Project already has enough items stocked in it for centuries’ worth of issues. There are more beautiful things in the universe than there are stars. And I have only been doing this for 6 months! Although I have been looking my entire life. ( : Truly, we live in the treasure chest of reality. Be sure to explore the treasure chest!

The Aurora Borealis from Issue No. 17 and the space jump onto a surfboard from No. 13 don’t really count as being in other places in the universe, right?, although they are “out of this world”, ha ha ha.

In this sense, while all of the issues of The Beautiful Project have been grand so far, this is the first one that, in a sense, has grandeur. A real take off! I and The Beautiful Project are really clicking into place.

In celebration, everybody can listen to The Karelia Suite by Sibelius from Issue No. 23. A good way to celebrate! {I do love referencing beautiful things from prior issues in new ones! And it shows how useful the project is!} : )

http://goo.gl/7wCQe

For more information about the transit of 2012, click here:

http://tiny.cc/VenusTransit

Let me know what you think about the photo of The Transit of Venus Between Earth And The Sun.

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

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I wish you the best, with tender, loving care,

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 19 – Why Is This Fish Shaking Hands With This Man?

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 19 – Why Is This Fish Shaking Hands With This Man?

Ocean photographer Marco Queral was captured by a fellow diver playing with a 50-foot humpback whale off the shores of Hawaii in the South Pacific Ocean.

http://tiny.cc/WhaleShakesHand

What a beautiful example of man coexisting with nature.

It reminds me of a line from a musical we all know and love:

“The world for once, in perfect harmony, with all its living things.” –

which you can hear here:

http://tiny.cc/SongYouProbablyLove

Studio version:

http://tiny.cc/OtherVersionOfThatSong

And you can buy it here:

http://tiny.cc/ThatSongOniTunes

http://tiny.cc/ThatSongOnAmazon

Enjoy! : )

By the way, before anyone emails me about it; I know, I know; the whale is not a fish, it’s a mammal, but that title sounded funnier. .  .  .

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And do let me know exactly what you think of the whale & the song.

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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http://theblogaboutbeautifulthings.wordpress.com/

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