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Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Dave!You know that feeling when you're in a wide open field with the sky so limitless and all the world surrounds you? Or you know that feeling you get when you're in the mountains where the peaks tower over you and overwhelm your senses? Or do you know that feeling you experience when you're standing in the middle of a big city and the buildings eclipse your every field of view? Or you know that feeling you have when you're out in the ocean with a vast sea encompassing your entire being?

You feel...


Small Dave

But in a good way.

Sometimes feeling small is what gives a person some much-needed perspective. It is a sign from whatever higher power you believe in that it's not all about you. It gives some critical insight into your place in the grand scheme of things. It makes you realize that there's something bigger... something more...

Washington State offers so many ways to feel small.

But in a good way.

Columbia Basin in Washington

Cascade Mountains in Washington

Seattle in Washington

Pacific Ocean in Washington

Yet some people here are too busy feeling large to notice. They think their personal perspective can fill the entire world because they refuse to open their eyes and see.

And so they sleep.


To those who are awake... enjoy the view!


  1. Iron Fist says:

    It is an absolutely gorgeous part of the country that we live in, and I need to see more of it. A lot more.

  2. Etienne says:

    “Humble” might be a better word…something that’s not even in the vocabulary of those other people…

  3. Crail says:

    Very thought provoking with appropriate pictures

  4. Anthony McG says:

    Now I really wanna travel to Washington State.

  5. My job takes me to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and I have made it a point to stop, go out on the balconies, and just look out on the vast beauty of the sea till it meets the horizon. Then I take a deep breath and go back inside.

    It sustains me.

  6. kapgar says:

    I wholeheartedly agree that feeling “small” isn’t always a bad thing. I really liked Hilly’s similar post a couple weeks back where she said that “small” did not equal “insignificant” but more that there’s enough world out there for you and all your idiosyncrasies and there is no reason to give up some part of you for fear of fitting into it.

    So, yeah, I like your perspective and love the photos.

  7. delmer says:

    I wonder if this is what Steve Martin meant when he said, “Let’s get small.”

    Probably not.

    (I also wonder if anybody else will remember him saying that.)

  8. sizzle says:

    I love the view! I want to get to the mountains. I’ve been stuck in the urban sprawl for too long.

  9. Finn says:

    The sky in that first picture is something I could watch for a long time.

    I must get to Washington some day. I’ve flown over it, but it’s just not the same.

  10. Beth says:

    Feeling small helps me feel centered… connected. It is a good thing as long as one doesn’t equate feeling small with being insignificant. Have your small moments and then come back bigger and better for having them.

  11. Matt says:

    Perfect post. And incredible pictures.

    Yeah, I do love living here, too …

  12. Sybil Law says:

    And I like feeling small. It helps me realize I am NOT the only person in the world, and there are bigger things than my problems.

  13. Tug says:

    Beautiful photos… Some of my favorite, most serene moments are when I’m totally lost in my surroundings – whether it’s a city, the ocean (LOVE the Oregon coast), or the middle of nowhere, just taking it all in.

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