In the Eye of the Beholder……….


In the Eye of the Beholder………..

“………..Literal meaning – the perception of beauty is subjective.

 This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. In 1588, the English dramatist John Lyly, in his Euphues and his England, wrote:

“…as neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose, as the stalke to the rynde, as the earth to the roote.”

Shakespeare expressed a similar sentiment in Love’s Labours Lost, 1588:

Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,
Needs not the painted flourish of your praise:
Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter’d by base sale of chapmen’s tongues

Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1741, wrote:

Beauty, like supreme dominion
Is but supported by opinion

David Hume’s Essays, Moral and Political, 1742, include:

“Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.”

beauty is in the eye of the beholderThe person who is widely credited with coining the saying in its current form is Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton), who wrote many books, often under the pseudonym of ‘The Duchess’. In Molly Bawn, 1878, there’s the line “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, which is the earliest citation that I can find in print.

To some the thistle is an eyesore, ugly, prickly, yucky, a weed, etc….
I personally think that a thistle is beautiful.
I love the purple colors, the symmetrical shape of the thistle head and they can be found most anywhere.





any of various prickly, composite plants having showy, purple flower heads, especially of the genera Cirsium, Carduus,  or Onopordum.

any of various other prickly plants.
before 900; Middle English thistel, Old English;  cognate with Dutch distel, German Distel, Old Norse thistill

this·tle·like, adjective
I think a thistle that is still in bud form is especially beautiful.
I love this photo of the spider webs that are attached to points of this thistle bud.
The bees love the thistles because they are bright and colorful.
There are even some beautiful green bees that have come to enjoy the “lowly” thistle and its sweetness.

Metallic Green Bee


Kingdom Animalia (Animals)Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)Class Insecta (Insects)Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)No Taxon (Aculeata – Bees, Ants, and Stinging Wasps)No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) – Bees)Family Halictidae (Sweat Bees)Subfamily HalictinaeTribe Halictini

Genus Agapostemon (Metallic Green Bees)

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