Recently, I went to visit the American Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington DC. There were many beautiful examples and I was struck by the work of Fidelia Bridges 1834-1923 who lived in Canaan Connecticut.
She found the beauty of small things in nature. Known for her “microscopic details” and as William Trost Richards says, “the unaffected expression of great joy in the beauty of nature…”
There is beauty even in the wild milkweed growing on its own in a field of wheat as it reaches upwards and baths in God’s glorious sunshine. I can see a chorus of tiny butterflies swirling around in attendance…delighting in the splendor of the milkweed.
A bird’s nest haphazardly placed as it is woven carefully amidst the cattails…reminds me of Moses as a baby floating safely among the reeds. God’s mastery is present in all these things.
These cyclemen are beautifully spotlighted as they elegantly arch and bend towards the light…simply captivating.