The word awe is a noun, and some people consider it is short for awesome, however, it is not.

Awe is defined as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.

I use the word awe to describe my first sight of the Grand Canyon, for which I’m still in awe of its beauty, depth, and enormous vastness. As I looked below into the canyon, I was awestruck with fear, wonderment, respect and admiration. I tried to imagine the first pioneers who traversed to the bottom of the canyon.

The word awesome is an adjective, defining something extremely impressive or daunting, inspiring great admiration apprehension or fear.

My Grand Canyon visit was awe-inspiring, but it was eclipsed by the awesome, impressive and inspiring beauty of Glacier National Park. I found admiration in the engineering design of the “Going to the Sun Road” I traversed on my motorcycle.

Going to the Sun Road

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By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

11 thoughts on “Awe or Awesome”
  1. [ Smiles ] Your photos are breathtaking!


  3. Beautiful photos! I keep insisting to friends that the Grand Canyon is so difficult to capture and describe effectively because it’s so vast. (Every single photograph I’ve taken still makes it look like a fake backdrop.)

  4. Awesome post and stunning pictures 🙂

  5. The Grand Canyon is awe inspiring.

  6. What a great trip. My husband and son went to the G Canyon last month. They found Sedona even more beautiful.

    1. Oh, yes, there is so much enormous beauty for our eyes to view. 🙂

    2. Oh yes, there is so much incredible natural beauty our eyes should view before we leave this earth. 🙂

  7. Great images Marty. I have been to both places but sadly before I started photographing so I don’t have any picture. Your images capture both beautifully.

  8. Both words work in nature 🙂

    1. Oh, so true! 🙂

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