I believe that regularly feeling a sense of awe and wonderment is an essential ingredient to living a good life.
The best way for me (and I suspect for most people) to continually feel these elevated feelings is to cultivate the appreciation of the natural events that occur every day. Of course, big and bold events like an incredible sunset, a colorful rainbow, a powerful weather system, or a divine celestial event are reliable ways to feel awe, but I contend that chasing only these events will lead to a lot of disappointment due to their rarity. Therefore, we should also work on developing a sense of awe at more mundane things like the shape of a gorgeous tree, an interesting play of light, the way a plant thrives in harsh conditions, or ancient geology. If we can do that, our lives with be richer for it.
The photographs in this gallery represent moments where my spirits lifted, my heart-rate increased, and I could do nothing but focus on what was unfolding in front of me.
Labor of Luck
Labor of Luck
Amor Fati
Amor Fati
Suchness
Suchness
Boundless
Boundless
Live Immediately
Live Immediately
How Long We Wait
How Long We Wait
Two Sides
Two Sides
Fresh New Look
Fresh New Look
ʻO ka Hale o Pele
ʻO ka Hale o Pele
Even Flow
Even Flow
Carved in Stone
Carved in Stone
Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquility
Desert Beacon
Desert Beacon
The Spirit Carries On
The Spirit Carries On
Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly
Great Dappled Dunes
Great Dappled Dunes
Arterial
Arterial
High Country
High Country
Chosen Ones
Chosen Ones
Cover
Cover
Overlapping
Overlapping
Colorlands
Colorlands
A Future Uncertain
A Future Uncertain
Bliss, Too
Bliss, Too
Outreach
Outreach