Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy, the study of beauty. I think my own appreciation of beauty is more primal, and less philosophical. I like to enjoy the sensory aspects of what is beautiful, such as the vision of a pretty woman. At least right now, my animal instincts are too powerful to allow for anything else. For instance, the photo above stirs the animal side of my personality…yet it is still beautiful. I like how the woman’s softness is contrasted with the rocky background, her gentle, sinuous figure seems to melt into the stony landscape, yet still defy it. It is as if in this hard world of ours, beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. And when we come across unexpected beauty, what a pleasure it is!