The Most Beautiful Thing You Will Ever See

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A picture of the May 20, 2012 eclipse, taken from Salt Lake City, Utah. (Wikimedia Commons)

What is truly beautiful to you? Is it the face of someone you love? The first several notes of your favorite song? Or perhaps it’s a sunny day.

If you’re Frank Close, it’s none of these things. In fact, that sunny day is the last thing he wants to look at when he seeks beauty. He prefers the opposite: the sun being blocked out, the light being hidden, the magic and mystery of a solar eclipse.

They only come around every 18 months, but Frank has still managed to see five solar eclipses. And he plans to see several more before he dies. He can’t think of anything quite as beautiful.

What is most beautiful to you? Share your thoughts below.


Frank Close

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]

Ken Hobson from Toledo, OR

What was the music played at the end of the "eclipse" segment? THAT was beautiful... I'd love to hear more!

Jan. 30 2013 04:24 PM
Peter from New York, NY

Sunrise over the clouds from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hypoxia and exhaustion add the high.

Jan. 30 2013 03:37 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

From now on, I would like to tell people,"Yes, for vacation,I'll be traveling to Africa to see an eclipse of the sun."

Jan. 30 2013 01:03 PM
Phyllis from Brooklyn

Glancing at my husband's face while he is playing his guitar...composing free form...eyes closed...absolutely in a transcendent state...It is so beautiful to see makes me weep...

Jan. 30 2013 11:47 AM
Peg from Willseyville NY

One of the MOST BEAUTIFUL EVENTS --- Sitting outside when the sky is clear, just before sunrise, far from city lights - AND THEN THE DAWN!!! That exquisite moment of being aware that the rods in our eyes perceive colored light signals. Check it out - it's available to everyone. You'll be amazed.

Jan. 30 2013 09:48 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The most beautiful thing is the Eucharist of the Catholic Church, God himself. After that, the pope and the bishops, persons fully alive and fully virtuous (can be exceptions, unfortunately). Remember how beautiful Mother Teresa was, yet she was 85 and frail.

Jan. 30 2013 08:15 AM

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