Living in New Orleans, there are many days when you leave the house and are confronted with something unexpectedly, wonderfully beautiful; that's why we live here, after all. Other days you have to search for it.
Speaking of which: take a moment to peruse the winning entries from the 2008 National Geographic International Photography Contest. The photo of the dog walking past the Indonesian temple is my beautiful thing for today.
(And the NatGeo has also made the images available as free desktop wallpaper.)