Positive Aesthetics: Truly Californian Beauty


When William H. Brewer of the California Geological Survey discovered Lake Tahoe, he found the European aesthetic standards unhelpful as he tried to write about the beauty of the area in his diary:

". . . its beautiful waters, the rugged mountains rising around it, spotted with snow, perhaps which has lain for centuries, all conspire to form an enchanting picture. It lacks many of the elements of the Swiss lakes, of Lake Geneva, it lacks the grassy, green sloping hills, the white-walled town, the castles with their stories and histories, the chalets of herders - in fact, it lacks all the elements that give their peculiar charm to the Swiss scenery, its beauty is truly Californian."

Bill Husa, Photograph of Lake Tahoe