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Beauty: These are a few of my favorite things

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere
In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.

O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone
Of light anatomized! Euclid alone
Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
Who, though once only and then but far away,
Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

1906. “Shore path at Weirs, Lake Winnipesaukee

Zebra (1762-3) by George Stubbs

“It was brought over in 1762, one of only two, from the Cape of Good Hope aboard HMS Terpsichore, “Noah’s-ark-like” as one writer has put it, as a gift from the Governor to Queen Charlotte, and the eye of the ever insatiably curious George Stubbs fell upon it, eagerly.

“It was the first wild animal he had ever painted, and this was the very first zebra to arrive in England, so it is unsurprising that it should have been regarded as a wonder. It was kept in the menagerie at Buckingham House (Palace), companioned by an elephant, and later on transferred to the Tower of London. Here is how one observer remembered it: “The Queen’s she-ass was pestered with visits, and had all her hours employed from morning to night in satisfying the curiosity of the public. She had a sentinel and guard placed at the door of her stable… The crowds that resorted to the Asinine palace were exceeding great.” Ribald songs were also written in its honour.”

The Annunciation

The Desert in Bloom Hemmerdinger

Song of the Humpback Whale

The White Tigers of Singapore

A candle in the wind

Janis Joplin


Messina Portrait of a Man, 1472

Mt. Fuji

The Big Bend of the Yangtze

Baby Manatee

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  • jwm July 30, 2018, 6:52 PM

    After sampling the internet seeing this was like coming out of a gas station toilet into fresh air, and clean water. Great way to end a day and begin an evening.


  • ghostsniper July 30, 2018, 7:40 PM

    Start your day off right.
    New Woodpile’s here!

  • Fred July 30, 2018, 7:54 PM

    1906. “Shore path at Weirs, Lake Winnipesaukee”

    This type of very detailed, fine pencil (I assume) is exactly the type of drawing I love. This particular one is excellent.

  • pfsm July 30, 2018, 9:46 PM

    When I was a kid we lived on Lake Killarney, a small lake in south King County, Washington. There was a shore path that went all the way along the east side of the lake. All of us kids used it. But a dentist from Puyallup built a large home and put in a beautiful lawn. He bowed to tradition enough to put gates in the fences on each side of his lawn where the path was, but we all knew that this was the beginning of the end of the shore path.

  • Vanderleun July 30, 2018, 10:19 PM

    Not a drawing but a finely detailed photo called

    “New Hampshire circa 1906. “Shore path at Weirs, Lake Winnipesaukee.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass ”

    To see it in stunning detail take a glance at the original at


  • Ann K. July 31, 2018, 5:19 AM


    Gerard’s site is the last one I visit every morning, except on Tuesdays, when I remember we might be lucky enough to have a new Woodpile Report. God bless Ol’ Remus!

  • Fred July 31, 2018, 6:45 AM

    It’s still cool, but alas it’s only a photo, a very well done photo. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Snakepit Kansas July 31, 2018, 10:34 AM

    I shot a zebra in South African in 2002. It had ticks all over it. The locals skinned it and ate it. Yellow fat and all.

  • pbird August 4, 2018, 8:13 AM

    There is something intensely annoying about Julie Andrews. Always.