the unexpected beauty of a bog


Now to blog about bogs: here's the memorable last paragraph of the article "Bogs" by Henry Wismayer. (New York Times Magazine, November 20, 2016.)

"It is all too easy, in this age of image saturation, to fall victim to a creeping ambivalence about the grandiose--those mountains and waterfalls that are supposed to excite our sense of the sublime. The bog, by contrast, reassured me that the natural world would never run dry of mystery. Like the sight of a spider spinning a delicate web or a shark's sinuosity, it distilled the power of grace that contradicts negative expectations. It was beauty magnified by the delight of surprise."