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What is the most beautiful place you've ever seen?

Asked by Hobbes (7355points) July 16th, 2008

Have you ever seen a landscape or a place so beautiful it took your breath away? Where you felt like sitting and staring for hours on end?

One of mine was in an old abandoned factory. I was in one of the top floors, and part of the roof had caved in. Plants and moss were growing on the walls and sunlight had pierced down into the dark room. I stood there silently for at least a minute, staring, before I moved on.

Another was at the end of a creek flowing through a ravine near my house. There was a low hanging tree, and its branches trailed in the water. Dozens of black and gold dragonflies were perched on it, and the whole scene was completely silent except for the sound of the water. It was one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever seen, at the same time utterly still and full of life.

So I ask my fellow Flutherers: have you ever had moments like these?

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wildflower's avatar

It’s what I’m always in search of (although I’m not sure how you tie religion in to it…).

I spent a few hours in this place last Saturday and I’m now looking forward to going back home in August.

Hobbes's avatar

@wildflower – I’m not religious or even “spiritual” myself, but those moments (and a few others I can’t recall as clearly) are the closest I’ve come to that sort of experience.

wildflower's avatar

Fair enough, was just confused by your tag. I know what you mean though, it’s like it puts your place in the world in to perspective when you’re enjoying a spectacular view.

Mrs_Dr_Frank_N_Furter's avatar

also Toronto, Onterio, Canada

tinyfaery's avatar

I was married in the forests just outside UC Santa Cruz. It was dusk, we were in a rotunda of trees, with the sun blazing through the trees. The leaves were filtering the light and tiny pixels of sunlight were glistening around us. I don’t know if it was just because I was soo in love at the moment, but that will always be the most beautiful place in the world to me. That and Hawaii.

osullivanbr's avatar

There’s this place here in Ireland high up in the mountains, tis ever so pretty.

It’s a kinda freaky place too. If you drive up there and park your car. Then take off the hand break, guess what happens!!! Your car free wheels UP-HILL. Blast those leprechauns and their evil magic.

Allie's avatar

Santorini, and Cape Sounion (where the Temple of Poseidon is, overlooking the Aegean Sea).

rockstar's avatar

Watching the sunset on the Grand Canyon or on the beach in SoCal

jlacombe's avatar

At this time Mont St-Michel in France

marinelife's avatar

There are so very many for me. This is a view from Deception Pass State Park, which I think is stunningly beautiful even compared to the rest of the very beautiful Northwest.

Muir Woods in Marin is such a place for me.

syz's avatar

Alaska.

Knotmyday's avatar

Santa Coronado Islands, about thirty feet down, surrounded by swirling sea lions and Garibaldi.

jlm11f's avatar

i just love staring at all these pictures. let’s see more people!

scamp's avatar

It was deep within my daughter’s eyes.

janbb's avatar

Yosemite and a village called St Cirq La Popie in the Lot Valley in France. The village spills down a hillside on a cliff overlooking the river. It’s absolutely spectacular with lots of hidden nooks and crannies and places to climb up to and down from. I’ve been there about 3 times and each time I find it magical.

There are many other places where i’ve had moments of transcendence but right now my belly is saying it’s time for supper. :)

@Hobbes I loved your descriptions of your own experiences.

boffin's avatar

The California Redwoods….

gooch's avatar

1. Jenny Lake,WY 2. Grand Canyon,AZ 3. Napali Coast of Kauai, HI

shrubbery's avatar

Ok, so I may be a little snap happy… sorry there’s so many but i had fun with this little project…
The city of Hobart
The South East Cape (right down the very bottom of Tasmania)
Mt Field National Park, about half an hour out of the city
Southport, southern most municipality of Tasmania
Fortescue Bay
Dover and Rercherche Bay
Some more sights between Dover and Hobart
Sydney, and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Bondi Beach

And my favourite place in the world, Lake Barrington International Rowing Course

enjoy :)

Poser's avatar

Is my girlfriend a place? No? Well, then wherever she happens to be—that’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

joeysefika's avatar

Flinders Island (Tasmania)
Matarangi (New Zealand)
Lake Taupo (New Zealand)

shrubbery's avatar

What I wouldn’t give to go to New Zealand… ;)

marinelife's avatar

@shrubbery & joeysefika Wonderful places! Thanks. But, shrub, spiders the size of birds? Poisonous everything?

shrubbery's avatar

What’s this Marina? Is this what you’ve been told about Tasmania?

joeysefika's avatar

Just go to New Zealand then! far better than Australia and no snakes and only one poisonous spider. Besides the south island of New Zealand is fantastic

shrubbery's avatar

But the mutant sheep are in New Zealand…

marinelife's avatar

No, just Australia. You mean they are not in Tasmania? Great, sign me up.

Here is what I consider a typical cheerful Aussie attititude toward the whole subject: “But there is no need to panic. Nobody has died from a Sydney Funnel-web Spider bite since an antivenom was introduced in 1980.

Before the introduction of the antivenom the rate of human deaths following a Funnel-web spider bite was less than one every three years, and these fatalities took typically 2 to 3 days. There is plenty of time to administer the antivenom.”

Can you tell I am an arachnophobe?

marinelife's avatar

I’ll take my chances with the mutant sheep!

joeysefika's avatar

Just because i have a fetish for sheep (are any Americans understanding this?)

shrubbery's avatar

Haha well there aren’t any funnel webs in Tasmania, only daddy long legs who can’t bite, so just come straight here!
Marina knows what we’re talking about haha

marinelife's avatar

I have statues of sheep (iron that my sister bought me after we saw Black Sheep), pictures of sheep on my walls and stuffed sheep. Oh and did I mention the sheep Christmas ornaments?

shrubbery's avatar

Ok bypass tasmania and head straight for nz please

joeysefika's avatar

YAY! love black sheep, good movie. Yes i am a New Zealander

shrubbery's avatar

sorry for the threadjack peoples

mdy's avatar

The calcium pools at Jiuzhaigou.

The West Lake at Hangzhou.

Trance24's avatar

I absolutely loved Germany. It was the most breath taking place I had ever been. The mountains, the forests, the lakes, and rivers. All of them just so beautiful. Beautiful enough for me to take over 700 pictures when I went.

janbb's avatar

I was in New Zealand last year. Seems to me there are only sheep….and beautiful places. We went to the aggie show and saw 19 different kinds of sheep. I thought it was sort of a N.Z> beauty pageant!

Hey – how do we know that some of you New Zealand flutherites aren’t actually sheep?

jlm11f's avatar

@ shrub – that’s it. i am coming to visit!

marinelife's avatar

@PnL I’ll go with you.

Allie's avatar

shrubbery, Pnl, Marina: I’ll be waiting for you all in Greece, kicking it at the beach on Crete. =)

marinelife's avatar

@Allie Stop. You posted photos of two of my favorite places. I could so do Greek island hopping any time!

Jill_E's avatar

Sunset in Bahamas
Sunset overlooking Carmel, Half Moon Bay, San Diego (Carlsbad)
Sunset in Maui and Lahani, both islands of Hawaii

My two dream trips one day is go to Venice gondola riding during sunset (saw friends’ pictures and it is gorgeous!) and capturing Greek islands coastal views (Santorini)

wildflower's avatar

@Marina
The second last link I posted above was taken from the acropolis (sp?) in Lindos, Rhodes. If you ever do your island hopping over there, I’d highly recommend adding that to your tour :)

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m glad to see the flutherites are well-traveled. I’m jealous. Poor me. :(
But I love the pics! :)

wildflower's avatar

@tiny..
When you’re from a country you can tour and take in all the sights of in about a week, you get itchy feet ;)

Allie's avatar

Marina and wildflower: I’m adding to the list Ios and Koufonissi.

skfinkel's avatar

Tolo, Greece. Small town, small cove to swim in on one side, orange orchards, flowers, and purple mountains in the distance on the other. Mind shakingly beautiful

shrubbery's avatar

I’d love to have you guys here, seriously if you do ever make it to Tasmania you’re always welcome in my house!

wildflower's avatar

you’ll regret saying that when a fluther of weirdos show up on your doorstep uttering a chorus of the most atrocious versions of “g’day mate” you ever heard :)

shrubbery's avatar

haha now that would be funny. I’ve already said we should have a real life gathering of Flutherers, why not make it in Tassie? :D

Knotmyday's avatar

Better throw another “shrimp on the barbie”. Doh.

wildflower's avatar

I’m in, as long as I can wear one of those hats with the corks dangling from them and swear like a pirate!!

shrubbery's avatar

hahahahaha oh god, I can’t wait, it’s gonne be grouse ;)

Allie's avatar

…and after Tassie, GREECE! Flutherites are welcome at the homes of my family. They’re spread out all over that gorgeous country.

wildflower's avatar

with lots of gyros and ouzo for all? (except I am never ever! getting another ouzo hangover!) I’m so there!

Allie's avatar

Mmmm.. Ouzo is fucking amazing! Haha. By the way, my grandma makes killer dolmas.

wildflower's avatar

Greek food’s the best! and yea, ouzo rocks, just don’t get drunk on about half a bottle of it….really inadvisable!

marinelife's avatar

@Al How is her calamari?

Allie's avatar

wildflower: I wonder if maybe I’ve developed a tolerance for Ouzo…?? Is that possible? Hmm..
Marina: I don’t eat calamari, so when I’m there she never makes it. (In my zoology/botany class in 10th grade we dissected squid then our teacher brought out a fryer and most of the class had calamari, but ever since that day when I found out what it is I won’t eat it.)

zanyo1's avatar

Abaco Bahamas and sailing in the British Virgin Islands

bluemukaki's avatar

Just thought I’d correct Shrubbery on a few points- yes we do have many poisonous spiders and every one of the snakes in Tasmania can kill you with its venom… also we have some of the most dangerous weather patterns which mean that if people are stuck unprepared (mostly on the west coast).... they die! Don’t worry though, we bought a new helicopter so we’ll come and pick you up if you’re lost or hurt. or bitten. But we don’t have crocodiles… a few sharks every now and again and maybe an earthquake every 4 years (so pathetically tiny though). We also have a bridge which is due to collapse any day now, but we’re still using it. All the dangerous (awesome) stuff is just a sidenote to the more important fact- more than 60% of our landmass in Tasmania is National Park and World Heritage Listed.

My most beautiful places:
Tata Beach, New Zealand,
Pollonia, Milos, Greece,
This is a random one of the battery (Big cannons built to shoot the Russians) next my house, right after a big thunderstorm, which just for a moment looked amazing with that green hue that the sky has after an electrical storm. The air was so still and everything was kind of frozen in time… (I know how much of a wanker I sound but it truly was awesome!)

janbb's avatar

whoa! that’s amazing.

Allie's avatar

I thought Tata Beach was going to be a nude beach.

bluemukaki's avatar

I correct myself: Over 50% of our total area, not landmass, is protected in some way. This includes sub-Antarctic territories and Marine reserves.

MissPriss's avatar

new port rhode island… Hidden treasures in every nook&cranny…

deaddolly's avatar

Both Hawaii and Italy took my breath away many times.

bluemukaki's avatar

Just to add to the Tasmania thing, here’s some video I took yesterday about 7 Kilometers (4.3 miles) from the city center of Hobart, of a whale breaching. Which is pretty cool. I think.

josie's avatar

Sharm el-Sheikh (tip of the Sinai penninsula)

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