expressing astonishment or admiration.
impress and excite (someone) greatly.
Its very easy to load up Google, type in a search and find a photograph of something that makes you exclaim “Wow!” Or, search YouTube for a video of an amazing feat or location, but what’s that “something” in your everyday life that when you see it, hear it or feel it, makes you exclaim “Wow!”
Its got the “Wow Factor” has become an almost throwaway phrase in our ICT Age.
Here are four things I experience in real time everyday and why they make me exclaim “Wow!”
1. Rainbows The scientific explanation is of an optical phenomenon caused by reflection & refraction of light in water droplets separating the visible section of the electromagnetic spectrum into its constituent colours. But a rainbow is so much more than that. Its a beautiful display of different wavelengths of an otherwise invisible transverse wave, which if you can find the end of it, will yield a container of elemental aurium. If you are unfortunate enough to be caught in a cyclone, you are transported over the rainbow to a magical land, only heard of in a lullaby, where the skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true, If you are unlucky enough to have any troubles while you’re there, they’ll melt like lemon drops above the chimney tops. When ever I see a rainbow I think, if happy little bluebirds can fly beyond the rainbow, then why can’t I?
2. The Night Sky The literal definition of this, is the part of the sky you can see from your location during the period of darkness each 24 hours between sunset and sunrise. But the night sky is so much more than that. The scientific definition could be a view of numerous rocks, dust and points of light shining because of nuclear fusion. Staring into the night sky allows you to look back in time, with your naked eye you can see Betelgeuse, a star nearing the end of its life who’s size constantly varies between 550 to 920 times the sun’s diameter, you see it as it was 600 years ago. You can also see the Andromeda galaxy, a beautiful spiral galaxy containing 50 black holes and a trillion stars, as it was 2 million years ago. If you were lucky enough to see the gamma ray burst in the constellation Bootes in 2008, you peered 7.5 billion years into the past, a time when the Universe was only half the age it is now. Also take some time to look at the dark areas of “nothing,” that’s a view of “nothing,” of a time before time existed. Every time I look up at the night sky, it takes my breath away.
3. Music An arrangement of an organised series of 8 longitudinal waves of specific frequency and amplitude in combination to form a continuous pleasing sound. But music is so much more than that. It is made emotionally evocative by talented individuals using melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. It is an auditory art form which can be characteristic of the emotions, of people, cultures, traditions, time periods, religious beliefs and when written or printed using its own very special language and symbolism, music just looks beautiful. It is the art of sound and expresses ideas, emotions, philosophies and alternative thoughts. Music can elicit physical and emotional responses that the written or spoken word fail to evoke, it brings groups together to celebrate but can also can be used as a warning signal or a defensive weapon. Aldous Huxley said “Music is auditory intercourse without benefit of orgasm” I beg to differ, for me, when words fail, music speaks.
4. Trees If you were to check a botany textbook you would find that a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting leaves or branches. But a tree is so much more than that. Trees are an intrinsic part of our everyday life, we become very attached to them, they offer support to our circannual rhythms, by producing buds in spring, leaves in summer, fruit in autumn and beautiful colours and sculpted forms which enhance our environment all year round. But the relationship doesn’t end there, its symbiotic, we provide them with carbon dioxide and in return they give us oxygen, shelter, fuel, raw materials, shade, they are ancient cellulose sanctuaries, that have experienced historic events we can only read about. Trees absorb the rain and help stabilise our weather. The sheer variety of types of trees is breathtaking and they are some of the world’s largest living organisms. Our links with them are emotional, they are more like us than we realise, they even live in tribes and families. Next time you see a beautiful tree, give it a hug, it will appreciate your gesture.
All of these things make me exclaim “Wow!” I’ve not given these things enough time to really do justice to the respect and reverence I feel for them, there are others which I may blog in the future, but for now….
What makes you exclaim “Wow!”