No, no, no. Not with handcuffs and reading me the Miranda rights but arrested by natural beauty.
A few times in my travels at home and abroad, I have been blessed to see sights that caused me to stop, dead in my tracks. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes, it is too wonderful to express in words or to fleeting to capture in a photo. The kind of beauty I am talking about, you never get tired watching. One could spend hours metaphorically speaking, soaking it up, drinking it in and absorbing as much of it as possible. Obviously, what may be shock and awe for me may not register the same way for you. It is all relative and subjective. Still, I want to share my moments of arresting beauty with you.
First time I saw Jacaranda trees, I was walking early one morning in Pretoria, South Africa. The trees were in full bloom and they lined both sides of the streets with their branches intertwining at the tops. The purple flowers on the trees and the fallen petals on both sides of the street presented a beautiful sight, as if flower girls in a bridal party had strewn them along the path for the oncoming bride. You can probably tell how deeply impressed I was for me to take photos of purple petaled trees. The picturesquely beautiful scene was fresh and pretty but not lasting. Throughout the day, the falling petals wilted in the heat and were crushed by traffic, but that moment was forever etched in my mind.
Another arresting moment happened on American soil. The Grand Canyon is not called grand for nothing. Wide open, deep crevasses, cover hundreds of miles, as far as the eye can see. The jagged surfaces that make up the earth’s crust of the canyon lands expose colored layers of soil and rock like a rainbow. Below the mighty Colorado River snakes its way through the gorge. As the sun’s rays reflect on the winding river it glints like shards of glass or sparkling jewels. The scenery is mesmerizing and awe-provoking. From every vantage point, the views are arresting and mind boggling. Questions of how, when, where flood the thoughts whilst gazing on the beauty of the Canyon. In times like these, one can only agree with the inspired words of David in Psalm 19:1:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.”
The next arrest I will tell you about took place in the desert. Unbelievable? Yes, there is beauty even in a desert place. When I visited Morocco, I journeyed into the Merzouga and Sahara Deserts. The experience was phenomenal. Don’t take my word for it. Plan a trip of your own to either one or both locations. I can help you with an itinerary, click on Itinerary Request and Payment Form page to get started. The arid lands hold a beauty all its own. Clay-colored houses blend in with the landscape of shifting sands. The high and low dunes, like rolling waves spread out into the distance. The buildings in the communities look like they jump right out of the Bible. Many film crews use the area because of its natural beauty and ancient Biblical likeness to make films (take a peak at the list in the photos). Life is simple and different but packed with natural wonders which I hope you catch a glimpse in the slideshow here.
Community Peeps, I could go on and on telling of other arresting moments, the where, the when, and the how, but time and space would not permit. I know, you thought by the title that I had another encounter with the law and had been led away bound in chains (a bit too dramatic?) 😂. God forbid. Let’s hope that never happens. What places have caused you to stop and take it all in? Where on earth would you say you were arrested? I would like to hear of it. Share in the comment box below.
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