Beauty & Home

— Deep enrapture-ment

'Home'. Taken from the car, on our drive around Lake Crescent. I thought we would be back, but the trails were either closed or covered with snow. These blurry photos are all the photos I have.

"Tu sei tutto, Sylvia! Ma lo sai che sei tutto, eh? You are everything! Tu sei la prima donna del primo giorno della creazione. Sei la madre, la sorella, l'amante, l'amica, l'angelo, il diavolo, la terra, la casa...ah, ecco cosa sei, la casa!" - Marcello in La Dolce Vita

"You are everything, Sylvia. You know that? You are everything! The first woman on the first day of creation. You're mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home. That's what you are: home."

I instantly knew I was home.

Imagine a place similar to Lake Como in the evening, dark silhouettes of mountains overlapping infinitely into the distance. The lake is smaller than Lake Como and feels more insulated. Looking up, I feel like I'm in a caldron, surrounded by towering black sides. Wispy clouds hover in and out of mountain folds. I can't help but notice where the earth meets the sky. There's hardly any development in sight.

"Lake Crescent is known for its brilliant blue waters and exceptional clarity, caused by a lack of nitrogen in the water which inhibits the growth of algae." - Wikipedia

The lake is located inside the Olympic National Park. I found trickling waterfalls every ten yards inside the dark forest.

How is beauty linked to the feeling of home? I haven't really explored this connection, but in the middle of La Dolce Vita, I saw this theme come up. Marcello, entranced by Sylvia's beauty and spirit, feels 'home'. I can't understand how it makes sense, but when I experienced Lake Crescent, I was indeed home.

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