April 1, 2020

Free to Write March 2, 2020 — Breathtaking wonders

“Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views!”
― Nyki Mack

There have been a few times in my life when I’ve seen something breathtaking. The most recent was last week when I went to the Grand Canyon.

My friends told me it is a spectacular sight, and they were so right. I almost couldn’t believe the view from the South Rim – the colors, the layers of rock, the tiny Colorado River a mile down the slope.

Like my husband Tom said, words cannot adequately describe this natural wonder. And neither can pictures. But that didn’t stop me from snapping a bunch of images.

Other gob smacking moments

I can think of a few other times when I’ve come upon a sight and stopped cold. When I was strolling around Florence, Italy, in 2002, I rounded a corner and was stunned at the façade of Il Duomo. What a spectacular architectural creation!

Il Duomo in Florence, Italy

I found the view of the Eiffel Tower, especially at night when it sparkles with shimmering lights, another “Omigosh” moment.

And then there was the spotted puffer fish I saw while snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez. I actually screamed with delight under water when I saw this exquisite creature.

The pufferfish I saw was purple, but I didn’t have an underwater camera. This one will have to do.

The takeaway

After I got over being awestruck at the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, I started thinking about how I want it to be protected and preserved for all time.

I was glad to see that high value is placed on keeping Grand Canyon National Park clear of trash. There are signs warning visitors not to feed the wildlife and to refrain from throwing coins into the canyon. The gift shops sell water in reusable metal bottles and there are multiple water refill stations.

I feel the same sense of responsibility for protecting all the other wonders of this world – both natural and human-made. They are treasures to be respected and cared for through the ages.

Writing spark

Here’s a one-word writing prompt: BREATHTAKING

Set a timer for 10 minutes and write about one or more breathtaking scenes from your life experience.