Puzzling Over Beauty

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I was captivated by this scene for some reason, and I spent a good deal of time thinking of how best to shoot it. On the final day of my trip there to Glacier National Park, I decided on this treatment.


There are many interesting things to me here, and you can probably be thankful you were not beside me to hear me go off on a theoretic (a new Neal Stephenson word). We enjoy beauty and puzzle over beauty at the same time. In a world of entropy, it is calming to take beauty, break it apart into what makes it so, and then piece it back together again to bring order to the chaos.


But, I could not bring myself to work on the puzzle at all. I just drank in everything I was there to be with for the moment. I thought a little about the nature of wanting to make a puzzle, just to solve it, a notion that is meta-puzzling in itself.


Other guests that come into this view no doubt sit down and work on the puzzle, possibly thinking they could finish it, but also with a sneaking suspicion that they are just putting a few pieces together for the next guest that comes to visit. It seemed to be sort of an altruistic long-term battle against entropy.


So I chose not to mess with the puzzle, and simply to focus on the beauty of things as I held them in my mind's eye. Puzzles tend to work themselves out on their own, which is a comforting thought, I suppose.


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  • Stephen Hamilton 6y

    Love this shot, gotta love the treatment but also the thought that went into the shot itself, it is soooo easy to just point and shoot a terrific scene like this. Great idea of taking this out of the box, so to speak. Outstanding work...
  • David Robert Bliwas 6y

    This is just otherworldly good . . . thanks and all the best wishes for the holidays . . .
  • Dan Freund 6y

    this is not a puzzle, just simply beautiful
  • CharleneM50 6y

    WOW! Very very very interesting...makes me think and ponder! Masterfully done!
  • Hot Flash Photography 6y

    A stroke of genius this shot is ;-). Congrats on the 2 million - I'll be back again, and again, and again. Such a joy.
  • Nancy Love 6y

    it's perfect
  • LightKan 6y

    I think all of your work is top notch Trey. I got to say that this one is one of my most favorite with the combination of the composition and the philosophy contained.
  • Thorbjorn Sigberg 6y

    I'd love to visit this place. Beautiful capture!
  • Jim 6y

    I love how you've captured the glass reflections and the outside view so well here!
  • Virgilio Silva 6y

    Pure workmanship. A masterpiece.
  • blablablablablablalblablbabla 6y

    great shot!
  • Balliolman 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called BEAUTIFUL (Tag with "Beautiful"), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Robert 6y

    Amazing in SOO many different ways!!
  • Waleedol 6y

    my fav!
  • Leonisha 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Jigsaws, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Camilla Fox 4y

    Oh, I think I know how to take this to another level of meta: I need to cut a puzzle with this as the image.
  • Leonisha 4y

    Thank you for adding this wonderful photo to our Jigsaws-Group!
    And a godd idea of cfox: Why not make a puzzle out of it?
  • Eziel Soares 4y

    Amazing Photo, I love it!!! Congratulations.
  • timdwilson 3y

    Thanks for your beautiful photo and sharing it with the world! I included it with a quote that seemed appropriate and posted it, with a link back to this page, on my community Facebook page called Higher Truths.
  • tugboat1952 3mo

    stunning shot
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