Dictionary definition: 1. extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension or fear. 2. extremely good; excellent
People use this word so habitually that it becomes meaningless; however today I am happy to use it myself. I have been to a place in accordance with both definitions.
What has reduced my vocabulary to a single word, uttered with a breathless wonder? I will tell you. Only a few days ago I was standing on an empty beach alongside the River Merced in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by vast slabs of granite in all directions and facing one of the world’s iconic mountains – El Capitan.
The nausea, the dizziness, the swollen ankles and shortness of breath may have been the result of mild altitude sickness – after all this valley floor is still 4,000 feet above sea level – or possibly the 4 mile hike from the village that you have to make to reach this spot if you are without a car.
Yosemite: It’s like you have arrived at the very centre of the earth, at the planet’s temple. It is strong, powerful and very moving. These rocks, those waterfalls – they came out of nothing and now stand two thousand metres high.
I have teetered on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
I have marvelled at the balancing rocks in Marble Canyon.
I have gazed in wonder at the red sandstone hoodoos of Bryce’s Amphitheatre
and shaken my head at the craziness of climbers scaling the sheer side of Angel’s Landing in Zion.
Although each and every one of these has filled me with surprise and astonishment at the unique formation of their landscape and sheer scale and size none have quite moved me like this place.
It doesn’t have to be Zen, but it is a place where you can breathe and be inspired.
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46 thoughts on “AWESOME”
I hadn’t seen this post before, and agree that it is a suitable use of the much-overused word ‘awesome’. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete. x
Used to drive me crazy, now it’s every sentence starting with ‘So…’ that makes me grind my teeth.
Me too! 🙂
Ah, we are a pair of old grumpies aren’t we!
A favorite park and your monochrome shots are stunning, Jude. Wonderful post. 🙂
Thanks Jane, not too far from your hood 😀
😁Makes me very happy.
I am not surprised.
Definitely awesome! I haven’t been, but John has and undertook a hazardous hike in winter that i’m very glad I didn’t know about until he was safely home.
Did you see Jane’s shot this week? What a place! 🙂 🙂
I did. Amazing that I chose this post on the date of its anniversary, serendipity!
Intuition 🙂 🙂 Speaking of which- anything happening? And I’ve just remembered…. Happy birthday! Hope you get to have a jaunt out somewhere.
Got to wait until 15th now for another examination. Then decisions.
Excellent BW. 👍
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