Recently I've come across an intriguing Ansel Adams quote. For this unfamiliar, Adams is photographer known for his stunning black and white landscape nature photographs. I hadn't thought it possible, but emotion and power can be felt even in an image without people. I think it may have something to do with the impact of beauty on our souls.
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." -Ansel Adams
When we see something truly beautiful we are (hopefully) wisened and instructed in its presence. Perhaps not surprisingly, since God uses nature (thus beauty) to reveal a part of himself to us.