Posts by Delwyn, Katherine, and Mary over at http://inasoftlight.blogspot.com/ have brought to mind a quote at the bottom of this post.
Beauty surrounds us, if we have only the eyes to see.
"This itself is the whole of the journey, opening your heart to that which is lovely. Because of their feeling for the lovely, beings who are afraid of birth and death, aging and decaying, are freed from their fear. This is the way you must train yourself: I will become a friend and an intimate of the lovely. To do this I must closely observe and embrace all states of mind that are good."
--a teaching of the Buddha recorded in the Samyutta Nikaya