What Are Your Natural Cathedrals?

 

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On Saturday night I took the picture above, showing the eastern slope of the Teton Mountains towering over the Snake River in Jackson, Wyoming. I was on one of my regular cross-country jaunts from Nashville to Los Angeles. Sure, Wyoming isn’t generally on that route but, c’mon, look at the picture — you’re going to go out of your way for that.

I can’t quite put into words what I experience every time I stand at that spot. It’s something akin, I suppose, to what Maslow described as a “peak experience.” Jackson Hole is one of a handful of spots that I regard as natural cathedrals — places that are overawing in their aesthetic majesty.

Here’s my question for Ricochet members: what sites do you regard with a similar sense of breathlessness? And — need I say it? — photos please.

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  1. Miffed White Male Member
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    D50_04657

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  2. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
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    @Midge

    anonymous:

    Jules PA: speaking of lichens, here is a cathedral full.

    Lichens are not only extraordinarily hardy, they have a multitude of forms.

    Lichen, Ziegler Island, Franz Josef Land

    Lichen, Ziegler Island, Franz Josef Land

    Lichen, Ziegler Island, Franz Josef Land

    Lichen, Ziegler Island, Franz Josef Land

    Mmm… If I were a reindeer, this would make me very hungry.

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  3. Eeyore Member
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    @Eeyore

    anonymous: In addition to the reindeer antlers, there is a whale vertebra and rib.

    Wow, that must have been one heck of a fight:

    Donner and Blitzen vs. Moby Dick

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  4. user_82762 Inactive
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    @JamesGawron

    Sorry All,

    Just got to this a bit late. I posted my favorite about a week ago. Casey was complaining about rain in Pittsburgh. After we all posted a few rain oriented pop songs, Arahant countered with Beethoven’s sixth symphony. I countered with this.

    Leonard Bernstein version

    Toscanini version 1943

    Regards,

    Jim

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  5. Julia PA Inactive
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    Well, I’ll have to chime in that well-created music brings a majestic cathedral “sensation” to our ears. :)

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  6. Jackal Inactive
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    Sheila:Columbia River Gorge - Washington state view

    Where is that?

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  7. FridayNightEcon Member
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    DocJay: Biked and hiked this hundreds of times..  My back yard.

    That looks gorgeous.  If one wanted to take pleasant day hikes and yet have a nice inn/hotel/resort-thingy to stay in at night in the Lake Tahoe area, any recommendations?

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