Random 5 Friday: That Sense of Awe

posted by Sharon August 16, 2013 16 Comments

This week I’ve been thinking about awe. What makes you stop and say, “Wow!” in wonder? My pastor talked about how life can beat the awe out of us. We become dulled to what’s around us. I would like to see the world with my mind ready to marvel. I’d like to be astonished. Amazed. How about you?

So my list this week is of 5 places in creation that have made me say, “Wow!”

1. The Swiss AlpsThe magnificence of these mountains can’t be captured in a photo. Grand, humbling, vast. This place tops my list of creation’s wonder.

2. Lake TahoeThe vibrant blue of this deep lake astounds me. We’ve spent more than a dozen vacations here. It still takes my breath away.

3. Pointe du Hoc, France

This place of beauty on the Normandy coast left me speechless. The rugged cliffs against the water are worth the trip. Add to that what happened here in World War II — men scaling these cliffs on rope ladders while under fire — and the experience of being on this beach is one of awe.

4. Torrey Pines, San Diego Sunset on the Pacific Ocean, with the scrubby Torrey Pines in silhouette — wow!

5. Mission Trails, San Diego This makes my list not because it’s vast or unusual or historic. But it’s less than a mile from my home. It’s the wonder in my very own neighborhood. I can hike here and feel like I’m out in nature when my suburban street is just around the corner.

Awe comes in big and small packages. It can be the towering Alps or a tiny flower. I’m learning to notice it more often. I’m trying to polish up that dullness, to be astonished, to be more awake to wonder.

When did you last see something in nature that made you say, “Wow!”?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday.

 

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16 Comments

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Tina Fariss Barbour August 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

All these photos made me say, “Wow!” πŸ™‚ You showed us some beautiful places. I tend to feel great awe when I look at the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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lynn August 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

AWESOME 5 indeed..super beautiful photos…

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Mascha August 16, 2013 at 6:38 am

Oh, I say this often! I have a forest nearby and already in my garden miracles happen … independently and in small spaces.
Have a beautiful late summer ans thanks for sharing the wonderful fotos πŸ™‚

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Nancy August 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

So many things Sharon — I can’t even list them and they are usually the little things around the farm. Your photos are wow!

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Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow August 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

Beautiful photos ! Nothing spectacular here but just enjoying whats growing in the flower gardens etc around here right now πŸ™‚ Your dose of spectacular was enjoyable this morning πŸ™‚

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Snap August 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

Wowowowowow! Wonderful post. Beautiful photos. Mother Earth and Mother Nature … awing!

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Beth August 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

i would be happy to see any of these locations. thank you for sharing. what amazing sights!! enjoy your weekend. ( :

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

What gorgeous places!! This reminds me a learning session we the teachers at school had with one of our staff rabbis about remembering a place that made us feel in awe of Gd while we say a certain prayer! Thank you for reminding me about it too!

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Robyn August 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I have said it before and will say it again … I honestly think having my camera with me makes me more observant and aware of my surroundings.

Even if I don’t take a single picture, I am always looking for something to photograph. Sometimes, just looking and taking in the world around me is awe inspiring.

Great post idea, Sharon.

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Ruth August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

That sense of awe was on every one of these photos.

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Erin @Detroit Magpies August 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Wow, for sure! I loved San Diego when I visited, such a beautiful place. I love your photo of the Alps, I would love to visit that little house, surrounded by such majesty.

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Latane Barton August 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Wonderful, beautiful photos. I’ve seen a few of yours, would love to see the rest! I guess the last time I was awed by nature was a recent trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia where I live.

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Leave It To Davis August 17, 2013 at 12:10 am

I haven’t traveled much in my life….only been out of the state of Texas twice. Once was to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I was 13. It definitely was an awesome experience. Then, when I was 33, we climbed Enchanted Rock in Texas….that’s the highest place I have ever been….looked like a mountain to me, but they called it a rock….it was awe inspiring standing on top of that with the birds flying below me. There are places right here where we live though that make me say wow….just farmland when the sky is azure….or lightning during a thunderstorm at night. I could go on and on….anything that God has made really can make us stand in awe if we are still and look closely enough. πŸ™‚

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Janice August 17, 2013 at 3:33 am

Your photos look like one of those travel brochures – nicely done!

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aspiritofsimplicity August 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

they are certainly all awesome places. How lucky you are to live near such a beautiful spot.

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deanna1043 August 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Wow, you have been to some wonderful awesome places…and you live in San Diego which is an awesome place too!!

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