My idea of beauty may not conform to the "normal", as you'll see from my examples of beauty from the last month.
This was the start of a beautiful series of photos of a species that was pushed to the brink of extinction by bounty hunting for much of the 1900's. Can you guess what animal it is from this photo?
When I checked the second trail camera that the lion had passed, I saw that a coyote had lazed in the sunshine in this spot before the mountain lion came through. That may have been why the mountain lion sniffed the spot. The coyote is another persecuted species who is thriving despite some humans' best efforts. Coyotes define "resilience" in my mind.
Continuing with the resilience and strength theme, we presently have a few brave wild crocuses ("Pasqueflowers") who are thriving despite our wildly fluctuating weather. This morning, the Pasqueflowers were hunkered down under the stress of low temperatures and light snow.
Last, but certainly not least, my girl Shyla is the definition of resilience in my mind. She is learning to trust and to stand tall. She has known fear intimately - and thus has earned the right to be called courageous. Her strength humbles me.