Daily Prompt: Absolute Beauty

Absolute Beauty

image boats on Huon river
The tranquility of the Huon River at Franklin

We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?

I think that it probably is. No two people see anything exactly the same way. I find many things in nature beautiful, scenery, plants, and many living creatures. I find a lot of our built landscape beautiful too but by no means all of it. For example I strongly dislike a lot of modern architecture. Here are a couple of examples:

federation square melbourne
Federation Square, Melbourne -http://freeaussiestock.com/free/Victoria/Melbourne/slides/fed_square.htm
SAHMRI Building Adelaide

I am sure that many people would say they are stunning examples of modern architecture. The SAHMRI Building is listed as one of the 7 Wonders of Adelaide. I agree with my sister that it looks like a kitchen scourer. I have to admit that I hate this building all the more because my old workplace, the Adelaide Railcar Depot was demolished to make way for it but I would hate it wherever in the world it was because to me it is just plain ugly. On the other hand I like the Sydney Opera House although at forty years old perhaps it’s not that modern any more.

The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House

As far as the human form is concerned I think beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder. Western culture celebrates certain physical features and body types especially in the media. But what we are told to believe is beautiful is not attractive at all to many people. Anorexic looking female models and muscle-bound men are the ideals of some but not all of us. Other cultures and people throughout history have other ideas of beauty some of which look hideous to us. Piercings, tattoos, body builders muscular, shiny bodies and the tight faces of people who have had cosmetic surgery are all features that I personally don’t find attractive but that’s just my opinion and others have a right to theirs.

It is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when we behold someone or something that we love. However another old saying that we should keep in mind is “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Those are astounding photos of modern architectural design, but of all the examples, this beholder’s eye prefers the sail boats on water so still it looks like glass! So I would agree that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and thank you for sharing this thought provoking post. 🙂


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