“I have seen persons of emotional temperament stand with tearful eyes, spellbound and dumb with awe, as they got their first view of the Valley from Inspiration Point, overwhelmed in the sudden presence of the unspeakable, stupendous grandeur.”
~Galen Clark, Guardian of the Yosemite Grant
I love the above view of Yosemite Valley. When I am looking out into the Valley from this viewpoint, I too feel overwhelmed by the incredible, staggering beauty and grandeur before me. Standing there, taking my first deep breath– literally breathing in the view and vastness– all at once I become lighter, happier, filled up by the infinite yet intimate beauty, and all my cares drop away.
Yosemite National Park is the place that really speaks to me, but it isn’t the only place that ignites such incredible, deep, and profound feelings. Writers, artists, and naturalists have expressed a deep love and importance of place to many areas across the country–
“It is here in Big Sur that I first learned how to say Amen.”
~Henry Miller, Writer
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” ~Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
“I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched.”
~Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Try Yosemite, or the desert, or the coast– or have fun finding your own superlative place. The important thing is to take the time to feel the feelings nature is trying to convey to you. Open your heart and your mind and I promise you will learn something about life, about yourself, about your place on this beautiful, grand Earth.
Originally posted on December 30, 2013 by Ginger.