Photo Reflection of the Day #186: Sunrise by the Train Tracks

Sunrise by the Train Tracks - 20150920_064642

What Is It

The sun rising up just over the MBTA train tracks in Beverly.  

Why It's today's Pick

I know that many reject the modern world and find it ugly.  They privilege nature as pristine, pure, and the real place of beauty.  But I don't find that to be the case.  Maybe it's because I'm more philosophical on the way in which humans are nature-derived and thus all world is still part of the world and therefore evokes beauty with the right set of lens, but I find scenes of the city as potentially beautiful as I do nature.  And when nature and human presence intersect (others distinction, I don't know that these are distinct categories), I find it even more beautiful.  So while many would look upon a photo like this and see a modern landscape of detritus and humankind's marks upon the earth, I would see how nature--even when distanced from humankind's day in and day out still finds a way to be intertwined with the human endeavours.  In this case, the sun's morning light is like to cast a very different shade about the train tracks than in the afternoon.  The hues and shadows create a different perceptual experience than later in the day when such things are transformed by the arcing sun.  And to me, I find delight and beauty in that.  

This submission is part of the 365 Challenge.  For 2015's submissions, check out this link to all the posts.  For access to all photos, which open for reuse under a Creative Commons License, check out the full album on Flickr.

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