Awed by Beauty: a Collage

Words are failing me this week. Or, to be more precise, ideas are failing me. I researched 5 different topics for today’s post, but none of them felt right. After spending days in the beautiful outdoors and warm sunshine, I believe my soul might be blocking all cerebral efforts as if to say, “I’ll have more awe, please.”

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines awe as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. I’m now in a pretty consistent state of awe, being back in my beloved Southwest. Even in these trying times.

The images, poetry, and quotes I share in this post are awe-inspiring to me. Which is your favorite? I would appreciate your letting me know in a comment below!

I beheld this beauty, Hanging Lake, after hiking over a mile up Glenwood Canyon in Colorado.

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute
Of eternity. We are pain
And what cures pain, both. We are
The sweet cold water and the jar that pours.


This dramatic view was just outside Taos, New Mexico.

People from a planet without flowers would think
We must be mad with joy . . . to have such things about us.

-Iris Murdoch

An example of northern Wyoming’s stunning topography.

When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride
Married to amazement.
-Mary Oliver

A lovely drive in the southern part of Utah.

Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas,
Dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new
Self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience
That shall explain and overlook the old.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This sublime scene can be found in King’s Canyon National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds
Long to play with your hair.
-Khalil Gibran

Blessings for Awe,


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11 thoughts on “Awed by Beauty: a Collage

  1. I must say Lisa I was feeling in awe just reading all of that and looking at each picture.
    Thank you for sharing!!💞


  2. Breathtaking photos and inspiring poetry/quotes. So needed during these challenging times. Thank you for being a ray of light and love Lisa!


  3. Overall Favorite:
    (1) Colorado – Hanging Lake
    A spectacular picture with the perfect quote from Rumi, who is also one of my favorite poets. Another quote of his that I love and related to after immersing myself in the overall beauty of this amazing scenery came to mind after reading yours. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you”.

    (2) Southern part of Utah
    I love the quiet, beautiful scenery that seems to continue on an endless road and the 1st line from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
    Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas.

    (3) Wyoming
    Breathtaking scenery and Mary Oliver’s quote is exactly how I would like to live my final years on Earth. “When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement.” It would be the ONLY time in my life that I would EVER call myself a bride!


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