Joyous Nature

Thank God ! I have lost none of my old joy in the Alps. I dressed in three minutes, and rushed out down through the galleried village and up on the cattle path among the dewy rich pasture, the blaze of the snow on every side, the rocks clean against the heaven, and red and steep, and my eyes strangely well able to meet the full blaze of the western pyramid without shrinking. Oh, happy!

"le Ris" | "Laughter" (1727) Jean Audran, after Le Brun
"Moonlight Chamonix" (1888), John Ruskin