The Beauty Of A View

Mt. Shasta (from Mt. Ashland)

I stumble upwards, crawling my way up boulders, heading for the summit one hundred feet above. I’ve been hiking since dawn, my body aches, but I scramble forwards anyway.

Although the sun is hidden by the trees I know it’s going down quickly. The sky is turning from blue to purple, the first sign that the day is ending.Β My hands painfully scrape the rocks but I know it’ll be worth it. There’s a view waiting at the top. A view. What the hell is a “view” anyway?

Rewind 15 years. I’m 10 years old. My dad is driving the family along a steep country road. As the road winds around hills, I feel my stomach starting to turn. Motion sickness. I groan and my mam turns around. “Don’t worry. We’re nearly there.” Moments later I’m dry heaving into a plastic bag as the car stops. My parents scramble out of the car and look out at the “view”. Perfect green hills roll away from us, going on forever, disappearing into a misty distance. “Look at that view!” my mam says. “Isn’t it beautiful?!” I look out. I see. Well. Hills. Nothing but a load of bloody hills. Big deal! My mother smiles happily and I promptly vomit on the ground. No view in the world could be worth this.

Fast forward 15 years. I’m panting heavily as I climb up a large rock. All for a view. I guess those years of parental appreciation rubbed off on me in some way. There’s now nothing I like more. As I pull myself up one last boulder, I stand up, met with a beautiful view of the world.

The wilderness stretches out for miles around me. No roads or towns, just trees and mountains. Immediately I move my hand to my pocket. I need to photograph this.

When I’m hiking along a trail, or walking around a new place, my camera is like another limb. Whenever I see something interesting I quickly whip my camera out and take a few snaps of it before walking on. There was a problem this time though. My camera wasn’t in my pocket! I must have left it in my bag! Fuuuuuuck!

Immediately I fell into a sulk. Slumping onto a rock I started to beat myself over forgetting my camera. Why the hell did you forget it you idiot!? You hiked all the way up here and you can’t even take a photo!

It’s then that a thought entered my mind. “Why did you even bother to hike up here when you can’t take photos!?” After a second I suddenly realised how absurd the thought was. I was so upset that I couldn’t take photos of a beautiful view that I hadn’t even properly looked at it. All I’d done was assess the view. I’d glanced at it to see if it was good enough for a photograph, but I’d never really taken it in.

With a little more thinking I started to realise I do this a lot.

Like many people I am addicted to documenting my life. You maybe don’t see it that way, but you do it. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, WordPress (!). All of these help us to document our lives. It’s actually possible to pinpoint the most important moments in my life over the last five years by looking through my status updates and photographs. If there’s not a blog post about it, it wasn’t worth mentioning, so it wasn’t important. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had something happen to them and immediately thought “I can’t wait to put this on Facebook.” We’re all creating mini historical documents for ourselves by every day taking photos and writing.

The downside of all of this is that the act of documenting has taken over the act of experiencing. We look at the world through the viewfinder of a camera. When something extraordinary happens to us, we don’t stop to take it all in, we stop to make notes.

But does this matter? Documenting something is just another way to experience it. Right?

Well, I’d say wrong. When you document something you are forcing a perspective onto it. When you take a photograph, the photograph doesn’t show us the entire experience. It doesn’t give us the smells, the sounds, the ache in the legs, the feeling in your heart. A photograph just shows you theΒ aesthetic qualities of a view. By taking a photograph of a view, you aren’t experiencing the view, you are searching the view for a way to make it look nice for somebody else.

Experiences are about..well..experiencing, about being there in that moment. Documenting an experience takes you out of the moment as you are already thinking about the moment as something in the past – something to be documented – even while it’s happening! Surely if it’s in the past you aren’t experiencing it? Experiences do, after all, happen in the present.

I love photography, but I believe the beauty of a photograph can never surpass the beauty of the actual scene. So why is the scene (a view) so beautiful? I would say it’s because when you look at a view, it has NO perspective. When you look at a photograph you have the perspective of the photographer. The photographer has chosen their own version of beauty and that’s what you’re viewing. When you look at a view, there is no photographer guiding your eyes, there is only what is. A view is something pure, it is one of the only things you can view that is completely objective, no human perspective has been forced onto it. Maybe this is why we enjoy views so much. A pure thing is a beautiful thing and a view is the purest thing you can find.

Sitting on the rock I realised this and decided I should experience this view properly. So I sat and watched. Focused on the world around me.

I saw the trees trailing off into the distance. A faint breeze blew over my skin and taking a breath in I could smell the fresh pine forest. I saw snow peaked mountains a hundred miles in the distance. A sparkle of light on a lake. No sound around me, only silence. The land looked like a miniature world below me and I felt so small and insignificant. Even more so when I considered I was the only human for miles.

As the sun went down, the sky slowly started to change colour. Every shade of blue and purple imaginable could be seen above the horizon. A dark shadow started to swallow the land up until eventually only the tips of mountains were lit like a line of candles. One by one the candles blew out leaving only darkness, and as the last candle disappeared I saw one last thing. I saw the pure beauty of a view, and I was glad I had no camera to spoil it.

Upper Klamath Lake

129 thoughts on “The Beauty Of A View

  1. Enjoyed your blog! I’m one of the lucky ones -I don’t have to hike to see spectacular views. I look out of any of the windows at spectacular views any time, any day. We live at the top of one of the foothills of a group of mountains and look down over the valley. We are not too high so we can see numerous small towns and roads, and out to the sea. I wake up to the sunrise; and the sun sets thro’ our lounge windows. I don’t take photos as nothing can compare with the original!

    1. There is a difference, and that too a major one, between a view for which you climb and give it all that you have in you, and a view that is there without you making any effort at catching it… do you follow the drift?

  2. This is a lovely piece of writing. I, too, find that framing things through the camera’s eye means you lose a little. but, sometimes, I’m glad to have the pictures too.

    Your piece really spoke to me, as well, as a parent who dragged her child up (arguably) the highest peak in S-E Asia: there’s a few views here.

  3. Very well written. You are right about how we (Bloggers) are so much trying to make notes..
    We’re all creating mini historical documents for ourselves by every day taking photos and writing… We wish to capture it all.. forgetting we need to enjoy it, feel it..
    A snap shot is still.. but what you FEEL is trans-dimensional. If you wish to shoot, you lose out on to experience, you wander around to sniff the smell in the air; the VIEW is lost..
    I am experiencing exactly this- nowadays.. I am yet to get hold of a professional camera. The snap shots are heavenly.. The snow top is breathtakingly serene..
    I was so lost reading your post. It was when you mentioned wordpress and (!); it worked as a Pinch Me.. realized oh.. I am reading WP Blog..
    I could almost visualize a lost kid throwing up completely disoriented and wondering how come adults see what we can’t..

    Congratulations and Cheers..

  4. Beautifully said. I don’t think we can truly experience the moment if we’re trying to capture it on on a camera. I realized this a few yeas back when filming my daughter in gymanstics competition. I completely miss the moment and the feel of the performance if I’m busy with either a camera or videocam. Now I watch it, and let someone else take the pictures!

  5. Simply stunning. While I’m not the biggest John Mayer fan, his song “3 x 5” is about exactly this inner debate…do I want to visually capture this moment forever on paper? Or do I risk losing the image to memory in an attempt to simply take it all in? I think we can do both…but we need to slow down in order to do so. Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us…

  6. You have shown a lovely perspective on life, expecially for someone so young. As I read your description of the view I could smell the pine scent. Your article sets a tone for priorities in life. Thank you

    1. agree πŸ™‚
      the post on the beauty of perspective, instead of merely the view itself (even though it’s a truly amazing view!) is really a good call.. and a great breath of fresh air.

  7. Nice piece. I, too enjoy sceneries and views. My job takes to all sorts of places here in the Philippines. I’ve also seen breathtaking views which is really worth capturing on a camera and I know the feeling of sharing these kinds of experiences

    1. Yup.
      Picture 1 is Mt. Shasta from Mt. Ashland, Oregon. (A pretty bland mountain that offers pretty amazing views of Shasta.)
      Picture 2 I THINK is Upper Klamath Lake (not 100% but my map tells me there’s nothing else it could have been), taken from the Sky Lakes Wilderness while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon.

      1. I lived in Klamath Falls for 21 years and I recognized the places in the pictures immediately. Picture 2 is no doubt Upper Klamath Lake, because I could recognize Buck Island and the rest of the features. I know that whole area well.

        1. Cheers for verifying it. I thought it must be Upper Klamath due to the massive size and direction from the trail. I wonder, do you know what the curvy lines are on the lake? That was puzzling me when I saw it.

      2. You asked, “I wonder, do you know what the curvy lines are on the lake?” Probably what you saw was some algae that is in the lake.

  8. This is beautifully written and I can’t agree more. I remember, the first time I went to Jamaica with a signficant other, we took a million pictures. More than I knew what to do with. Of the flowers, the beach, the food, us, our drinks, everything! And when I looked back on that trip, some of my memories were of us taking pictures! The second time we went, we had already taken all the pictures we felt we needed to take. I think I had the opportunity to really enjoy the experience much better.

    However, on the other side, for years I’ve never taken pictures. And I wish I had captured some of those experiences. I think it’s just all in moderation and making sure to stop and appreciate your surroundings, not for a photo, but because this is your life. And you only get one. Enjoy it.

    1. Indeed. Photos aren’t always bad. But don’t you think it’s possible that those experiences where you wish you’d taken photos are all the better because there are no photos? A photo gives you a reference so you can’t allow the memory to shape itself over time. A lot of my favourite memories probably didn’t happen the way I remember them. If I had a photo I’d be forced to remember them that one way, the true way. Sometimes the truth isn’t as fun.

      1. This is a really good point. Sometimes you want to hold on to the memory you have (true or not), not have it corrupted somehow by a photo. Heck, I buy it. Makes me feel better about the times I don’t have documented!

  9. “The downside of all of this is that the act of documenting has taken over the act of experiencing.” You make a good point here…although I am happy to see some documenting too, since I get to visit many places through the eyes of others. Your photos are beautiful!

    To be sure…living in the moment is a tricky thing these days. Sounds like you’ve gained lots of wisdom and can fully appreciate all life has to offer.

    Great post!

  10. I agree, and thank you so much for bringing it to my attention… we DO document too much. Personally I would be lost without my camera, so I sympathize with your initial situation- but I love the realization that came out of it, and hope that someday I too can learn to appreciate a view for what it truly is: an experience, well beyond any photograph.

  11. I, too, and sucked in by all the technology around us, and I’m sure I often forget the beauty of seeing things through my actual two eyes instead of my camera or cell phone. It’s quite depressing that we’ve forgotten how to “see.”

    This was a very beautiful and thoughtful post. Great job!

  12. Interesting perspective.

    Just a note – the reason I enjoy looking at photographs is because it forces my eyes in the way the photographer intended. The beauty of photography is that is provides you with a point of view that you wouldn’t necessarily have found yourself.

    Just my two cents.

    1. Yes, I’d agree with you completely on this. I was talking to my friend about it and he made a similar point. Art can guide us to see how amazing the world is. It’s a point I was planning to make in the blog post, but I couldn’t really fit it in, so I’m glad you’ve made it. πŸ™‚

  13. Your post was well written. I have that need to document everything in my life by writing and photography. The beauty in nature just begs to be captured to show others. But when you described the smell of the pine and the sunset I realized God gave us moments just for ourselves…purely for you. It’s pretty cool you left your camera somewhere else. Thank you for what you wrote and how you wrote it.

  14. πŸ™‚ I love this piece: your style, your subject, everything. Makes me want to keep it on a wall somewhere forever. Makes me wish I had a mountain to climb. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

  15. Irony: 1. I so enjoyed this post and whole-heartedly agree with you about living in and experiencing the moment without loosing its essence by reaching for a camera or a pen and paper. 2. I make my living preserving people’s memories through photography and the written word. Hopefully I am learning to do both without diminishing either. Just geting ready to start my first blog this coming week and am happy to have found you through freshly pressed. Congrats.

  16. So agree with you! Yes, it did happen to me as well that I cursed myself for forgetting the camera, and then realised it’s not that necessary. Appreciating the view without a camera is a different experience when you can soak it all in, without looking for the best angle to take a pic, taking in consideration the light, etc.

  17. You, sir, just gave words to the same conflict that I have been dealing with. I usually carry a notebook with me to dissect situations that I’m in on paper instead of just experiencing them. That was a beautiful story.

  18. Very well-said! What I usually go on and on about, is privacy… Like why do we feel the need to share what happens to us and what we see, with the rest of the world. This documenting vs. experiencing notion, has just given me a different view of the whole issue;)

  19. I had to read your post again this morning just to make sure I “got it”. It is truly a beautiful post and very inspiring as well as insightful. As a person ages memories fade. Pictures bring the memories back into focus so that you can remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were with. I can’t tell you how many things I have forgotten from the past that a picture helped remind me of. I think we have to try to do both, record our experiences as well as enjoy the experience. But I will say that I am so happy when I take a picture of something that turns out to be as beautiful as I saw it as well as something that I can share with others.

  20. Just a thought…. you gave your age in your blog. As someone, who has been “documenting” her life for over thirty-five years with a daily (well almost) journal and photography long before digital…. I’m now 59 years old. My brain, while once called…”photographic” by a teacher in high school… couldn’t possible fit in and retain all the incredible things that I’ve seen and experienced. Much has passed into oblivion. Now, when I read my journals and look at my almost 50 albums of photos, I savor again all that I experienced when I traveled the world in my 30’s an 40’s… a woman alone. Balance is the key. Enjoy the moment and then take a moment to record…to retain. Best to you!

  21. I really enjoyed your post. When I go out with my camera, (which I have actually named, don’t laugh at me πŸ™‚ ) I love to capture the shot and then stop and breathe and enjoy my surroundings. For me, the photo later brings me back to that moment of peace as well as brings the beauty of what I saw, hopefully, to others.
    You, very beautifully put me in your moment with your words, well done.

    1. What is your camera’s name? Is it a boy or a girl? I don’t think I have the type of imagination that allows me to name a camera! Hah.

  22. I think the best part about this entire post is when you said, “The downside of all of this is that the act of documenting has taken over the act of experiencing. We look at the world through the viewfinder of a camera. When something extraordinary happens to us, we don’t stop to take it all in, we stop to make notes.”

    For many folks, especially the media fanatics, that statement is very true…

  23. The Beauty Of A View: How true!

    Appreciative of the site.

    If you are not familiar with the work of Pierre-Paul Feyte, perhaps you would like to check out a recent favorite I stumbled across while “surfing”. Very nice work also. Just translate the page from French if necessary.

    Keep up the good work!

  24. The world can be seen from two different eyes, the first one would be ofcourse, our own filled with the vibrant experience of smell, touch and sound glued to the view.
    The second one, however is from the eye of the camera. I don’t think it’s bad to take photographs from a camera, just saying, taking a picture might not even take a minute, but it can be kept preserved for years. What if in years the ‘view’ would not exist anymore? Memories are there imprinted in our minds but wither away with time, though never eradicated. When we look back at the photograph, EVERYTHING we felt, the emotions, the feeling, smell, it all resurrects back infront of our eyes. Photograph is a reminder, but never feel dull if you did not get a chance to take a picture.
    I’m glad you realised that! I also, thankyou for making me realise that all this time I too, was documenting my life every second πŸ™‚ Cheers, congrats on Freshly Pressed mate!

  25. Coming from a place where I can see the foothills and hot air balloons by the dozens on the way in to work every morning, I completely understand the want to take pictures for those who can’t see it. I have now been doing the drive for a year and I have told my family that they can’t truly see it until they have done the drive. Some have even come out to sit and watch the balloons in the morning. Truly great post!

  26. Ironically, I logged into my computer tonight (1 a.m. now in Sweden) because I wanted to “share” the beautiful experience I just had, biking home in the early autumn evening with millions of stars above me. All I could think of was how I would portray it, blog about it, how I could possibly take a picture of the starry sky.

    But you can’t. Not so that it ever makes justice.

    Your post really spoke to me. Thank you very much! I will be back for sure!

  27. a few counter-perspective on documenting:

    1. memories can be unexpectedly short-lived. for events like the growing moments of my kids – now all teenagers – i would not have remembered so many episodes had they not been documented through photos and log-books.

    2. a photograph certainly superimposes the photographers viewpoint, but, if i were sitting unfit and unable to climb to the view that you got, the photograph carrying the view adulterated by your vision would still be something to be grateful for.

    of course i agree that the documenting can never be greater than the experiencing – and it does take a bit of effort to step out of being the documenter and just focus on living the experience.

    but that said, photographing cannot be done post-facto….as blogging and journalism can be. since it MUST be in-the-moment…..we just have to learn to split every moment into fractions meant for recording and fractions meant for living the experience.

  28. Love this piece πŸ™‚ As a Mom, some of my best memories with my son are those undocumented, spontaneous moments when there’s never camera around! Experience over documentation is something he teaches me everyday! I’ve started blogging regularly only a couple of months ago in order to get back into writing, which I have since I was a kid. I’m beginning to realize however, that the desire to be read can begin to influence the desire to just write, if I’m not careful! This piece reaffirmed my resolve to continue to write for myself. Thanks!

    1. Hah. This is funny. I’d like to write a post about my thoughts on writing and how motivation is affected (or not) by audience. The thing putting me off writing the post is that I always think “nobody would want to read that.”

      Sometimes I think it’s pointless to write if there’s no audience. If the words only exist for your own eyes, and nobody reads them, then is there a point in it all? Other times I don’t think about it at all. I just do it…

  29. I enjoyed reading this but found it a bit ironic that you included pictures. Not sure if that was intentional, but it was very thought-provoking nonetheless. Regardless, congratulations on another Freshly Pressed!

    1. A few people have mentioned the photos. I never used to add photos to my blog posts but I’ve since realised that it increases your chances of getting Freshly Pressed if you have some. In fact, you can’t get Freshly Pressed without a photo. I take photos so I thought “why not.” I’d prefer to have none though.

      It’s also slightly ironic that I’m using a blog to document a moment, while at the same time being critical of documenting moments…

  30. That’s a beautifully written post. It is so true that nowadays we focus on documenting our experiences instead of living them. We are never truly in the moment, and it’s nice that someone has realized this and written about it. It makes you make the effort to take a step back and enjoy what’s going on around you.

  31. Hey, one of the best blogposts I have read in recent times. Thanks for the honesty. I was reading about myself too

  32. Great post. I’ve started to purposely not document the most important moments of my life. As though they’re too good for, or more important than, Facebook and Twitter. If you want to find out what’s going on with me, you should talk to me. πŸ™‚

  33. Couldn’t agree more! I can relate to everything you wrote. All the activities my parents made me do as a kid rubbed off on me. I’m actually climbing Kilimanjaro this winter, go figure! But I also agree when you say that most people don’t appreciate moments anymore because they’re too busy trying to capture it or document it. It’s sad. It’s becoming a contest more than anything! That’s why I still enjoy backpacking without a cell phone nor a laptop. It’s a choice i guess.

  34. Traveled many miles throughout the United States and never saw such a nice breathtaking view. I geuss altitude matters in seeing a better view. This brings to mind a gorgious experience.
    Words have away to educate us and help us share better the world experience.

    While traveling I picked an old plaque which said,”Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listento others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.”

    Share your words with us you help make us your better World around you. We are children of the universe and everyone has a right to be here no less than the trees and the stars. It is unfolding at wordimpress

  35. One thing noone has mentioned yet is our desire to “eternalize” a moment. We use the term “capture”… but we do not want to hold a moment captive, we want it to remain, almost at it’s own free will, with permanence. So we blog or we photograph or we video, so that we can return at will to our favorite places, our favorite people, and to our most memorable happenings and best thoughts. Personally, I think this may offer us a peak into the fears of our inner heart and subconscious, that tomorrow may not hold the same pleasures we’ve experienced today. If the joy of our heart is experientially based, than perhaps this fear is appropriate. However, the freedom to fully dive into our richest experiences, and the daily experience of a beautiful life can only come when we have a joy rooted in something much deeper than experience. I humbly suggest that a relationship with the God who created us can bring this incredible, peaceful, permanent joy. I have experienced it. I am experiencing it.

    respectfully submitted

  36. Flipping fantastic. Enjoyable read, and spot-on observation about the modern addiction to “documenting your life.” I was literally just considering writing a post myself about the same exact thing (though not from a hiker’s perspective, lol. I hiked a mountain – once. after feeling like gollum for five hours, clinging anxiously to boulder upon boulder, I found out I do NOT do heights. so, I now resort to photography. πŸ˜‰ ), but you seem to have covered the matter succinctly! Bravo, touche, and thanks for a good read. πŸ™‚

  37. I loved this post – and I 100% agree that we spend too much time documenting our lives over facebook, twitter, blogs, etc… but I’m guilty of it too! I’m trying to learn to stop and enjoy the moment… thanks for this great post!! πŸ™‚

  38. I do a walking history blog and I came on your little blog. I enjoy your posts so very much. Much of my own blog is about local history and walking, but yours is so descriptive and I enjoy your photographs! Thank you so very much for sharing them!

  39. Lovely.

    Another way to enjoy a view is to draw or paint it. I agree that snapping pics can be very distracting, but the time it takes to draw and/or paint a scene forces you into a way of seeing that is very different.

    One of the most stunning landscapes I have ever seen — and didn’t take a single photo (no camera with me) is northern Corsica. The most dramatic day was one of torrential rain, while traveling by moped, so a camera couldn’t have captured it anyway. The Deserts d’Agriate remains — 16 years later — one of the most amazing natural vistas I’ve ever seen. But I can’t show you a picture of it!

    (I read your goals. Get to Thailand! You’ll never regret it.)

  40. Yes,
    Nature such as mountain is very beautiful.
    Even the pictures cannot grasp all of its beauties since the color, the contrast, and the resolution reduced to the camera’s ability.
    It’s a pity that population explosion will turn this beauty into farms, houses, mining, etc. Maybe in ten years, 100 years, or later.

    Well, you could see the beauty of nature in my blog. It’s about the highland, mountain, and crater. Not only pictures, but also videos!

  41. I totally agree with you! We are all writing our own autobiographies, and don’t really fully live in the moment. On vacation this summer, I had so much fun taking pictures of family and laughing, I didn’t care what I looked like. I looked happy. But I put the camera down enough to enjoy it – time with my sister in NYC, the jazz festival in Montreal with my boyfriend…. your own two eyes are the most honest, appreciative lenses you will ever find. πŸ™‚ thank you for this. I’m so glad that you can finally really enjoy the view! Cheers

  42. Love this.

    I asked myself on a hike early in this season whether it was the journey upward or the actual arrival that made the hiking worthwhile. ‘Am I a journey or an arrival kind of girl’ was the introspection for that day. It’s a hard decision to make, the endorphins pumped in the journey add a little something to the high of the view at the top…

    And that was the day I put my camera down and thought… it’d be okay just to enjoy this one view all by myself… now I go back and forth.. some I document, some I don’t.

    Documenting is not the same as experiencing. Planning to be with people in an hour is not the same as solitude. I find that when I put the camera down, and maybe the journal too, when I stop planning to share this particular moment with another and focus on this moment with myself… well, I feel a little better about myself and a little less like I need to find someone else to react with me.


  43. Could not agree more. I am a self proclaimed facebook paparazzi. But, when I traveled to Europe with 5 of my best friends I told myself to not try to capture it all, since it was clearly a trip that the memories would long outlive whatever scrapbook I tried to make. Enjoying the people, culture, or in this case view around me allowed me to use every sense I had. You spoke my mind. Enjoy the cilmb!

  44. Lately, I have been feeling the same way… This summer I studied and traveled in Hokkaido, Japan, and I kept asking myself, “Take more pictures or take more in?”
    I think I did a decent job of balancing the two.
    I really enjoyed your post! Beautifully written and thought out.

  45. Oh man, you wrote exactly what I would write about views…I share your opinion about our hunger for documenting rather than experiencing. I”ve had big problems trying to balance these two things…It’s difficult for me to do that, because I’m a Photographer, so I love to shoot views, but on the other hand I’m also a person who enjoy experiencing the moments…I just love to be with some people doing nothing but sitting on a rock and looking at a marvelous view.

    I’m constantly dealing with this subtle balance between Documenting and Experiencing…Although it’s impossible to achieve this perfect equation, it’s worth doing our best to enjoy as much as possible.

    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts about this matter!

  46. Lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

    I am currently very new to documenting and as I start to document more, I will be definitely be using this as a reminder to truly experience a moment/view etc. instead of experiencing merely for documenting purposes πŸ™‚

  47. This is such a lovely post and you’re totally right. Whenever I’m enjoying something I find my aim is to get as many pictures of it as possible. Why not just put the camera down and concentrate on enjoying it!

  48. This writing is a piece of art. You have awakened us to the beauty of the ‘view’ we so dearly miss by falling into a kind of ‘ camera dependence’.

    I used to have no camera when climbing. When i finally had one, i naturally take the ‘view’ left and right. I knew i was missing something, and i just realized what it was after reading your article, it was the ‘view’ and perspective you just shared.

    Thanks for sharing.

  49. We went to Ireland a few years ago and I took lots of pictures. I don’t even look at them now because they don’t come anywhere near to the actual beauty. The incredible green, the smell of the air and the sea, the feel of the breeze, the sense of peace—none of that comes through in those photographs. Great post, well-written. Thank you.

  50. This was a great post! I especially liked the moment where you realised how ridiculous it was to be so wrapped up in getting a picture of the view that you weren’t even taking the time to properly take in the view. Thank you for writing this.

    So out of curiousity where is this picture from, did you go back or is this another view?

  51. …”the act of documenting has taken over the act of experiencing”

    Great writing. Thanks for the reminder to live IN each moment we are given during our short stay on this beautiful planet.

  52. I used to enjoy the view first.
    I look around to find the most beautiful view. When I find it, I will be amazed. I look around again to make sure that is the most beautiful part I see.

    Then I will take the picture to share it to me, my family, and my friends.
    Someday when the view no longer exist (maybe become farming, houses, factories, or simply get nuclear bomb), at least our grand children will know what their missing and try to protect the rest with all their got.

  53. Nice post! Although I am sure you would have taken some spectacular shots had you had the camera,the realization you came to was much more significant. Thanks for sharing and congrats on Freshly Pressed! LB

  54. I’ve thrown my camera off the serene Ticao Pass when it didn’t help me capture the peaceful view of sundown! The view before my eyes was worth capturing, I thought! Luckily, I still didn’t have a new one.

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