Here's one example:
Did you catch your breath yet? The words stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, humbling, don't begin to cut it.
The link to Ultrarunning, of course, is that my backcountry runs here in PA are always in the forest. Trees as far as the eye can see. And because I am by nature anal about labeling and classification, I am good at tree identification. Really good.
So as I trot around the woods I'm always looking for the unusual tree, meaning large, or unexpected in that location. Like native American Chestnuts that are old enough to produce nuts before succumbing to blight. Or a huge Eastern Hemlock tucked away in a precipitous, shady ravine. Perhaps a southern tree too far north, or a northern tree too far south.