When you see a waterfall, an undisturbed meadow, or the glassy surface of a lake, it might be difficult to put the beauty into words. But, thanks to the efforts of natural poets and authors, we can use words like ethereal, verdant, and pristine to describe nature’s beauty. Keep reading to find the right word to describe your picturesque scene.
30 Nature Words to Describe the Beauty of Earth
Nature Words A-F
Try out some words from the beginning of the alphabet. Whether the image is breathtaking, enchanting, or flourishing, you’ll find it here.
blooming (adj.) - flowering, thriving
The blooming meadow was flush with orange, pink, and purple wildflowers.
breathtaking (adj.) - so beautiful that it takes your breath away
The view of the valley from the top of the mountain was breathtaking.
brisk (adj.) - fresh and clear
I took a deep breath and felt the brisk forest air fill my lungs.
bucolic (adj.) - describing farmland or rural settings
A herd of sheep slowly grazes over the bucolic landscape.
captivating (adj.) - fascinatingly beautiful
Angela watched the captivating clouds slide over the bright blue sky.
crisp (adj.) - chilly, fresh
The crisp autumn wind whipped through my scarf and past my cheeks.
dazzling (adj.) - splendidly lovely
When the sun sets over the lake, its orange light hits the mountains in a dazzling way.
enchanting (adj.) - delightful, wonderful to watch
Watching the baby ducklings follow their mother to the river was enchanting.
ethereal (adj.) - otherwordly, light
The early morning fog gives the lake an ethereal appearance.
flourishing (adj.) - growing well, healthy
The rainforest is a flourishing habitat, full of many types of plants, animals, insects, and fungi.
Nature Words G-R
How do you describe a glorious beach lit by a heavenly sunset? Increase your vocabulary with these words from the middle of the alphabet.
glorious (adj.) - magnificent, worthy of praise
The glorious rainbow seemed to stretch across the entire sky.
heavenly (adj.) - very peaceful, ideal
Lit by a soft pink glow, the heavenly sunrise warmed the early morning.
idyllic (adj.) - perfectly tranquil
Her cottage was located in an idyllic corner of the forest, undisturbed by others and almost completely quiet.
lush (adj.) - with abundant vegetation
There were more than fifty types of birds living in the lush oak trees.
majestic (adj.) - grand, full of majesty
The majestic mountain range seemed to reach all the way into the clouds.
panoramic (adj.) - with a wide view
If you stand at the mountain’s summit, you’ll have a panoramic view of the snowy valley below.
picturesque (adj.) - scenic, as if from a photograph
The trickling river flowed through the picturesque meadow.
pristine (adj.) - clean and pure
I stepped through the pristine, white snow, my feet sinking slightly with each movement.
rejuvenating (adj.) - restorative
Marie spent a rejuvenating day on the warm sand with the ocean lapping at her toes.
Nature Words S-Z
The end of the alphabet has some beautiful words to increase your vocabulary. Between sparkling, stunning, and wondrous, there’s a way to describe every gorgeous scene from nature.
sparkling (adj.) - shining, glittering
The sparkling morning dew lit up the grassy plains like a colony of fireflies.
spectacular (adj.) - dramatically amazing
The sight of the endless golden desert before us was spectacular.
stunning (adj.) - so beautiful that it leaves one speechless
Tiny droplets hit Marc’s face as the stunning waterfall cascaded down the jagged mountain rocks.
sun-drenched (adj.) - covered in sunshine
The beach pebbles on the warm, sun-drenched island glowed as if from within.
sweeping (adj.) - extending over a large area
I surveyed the sweeping forest from my place on the hilltop; not an inch of ground could be seen through the trees.
towering (adj.) - immensely tall
From base camp, it seemed like we were surrounded by towering stone giants.
vast (adj.) - expansive, endless
Even with the bright light from our boat, the vast ocean stretched on and on before us.
verdant (adj.) - deeply green
The verdant hills shone like emeralds against the clear blue sky.
wondrous (adj.) - incredible, awe-inspiring
The minute details of the honeycomb inside a beehive is mathematically wondrous.
Nature Descriptions from Literature – White Fang
If you need to find a strong description of nature, look no further than the writing of Jack London. His ability to personify his natural surroundings is unparalleled in the literary world. Read this quote from White Fang, which makes the Alaskan wilderness seem dynamic and emotional:
“A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of laughter more terrible than any sadness-a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.”
Word Choice to Nature
It’s difficult to describe the miraculous beauty of nature. However, having the appropriate words can really help to get your point across. If you’d like more nature vocabulary, check out an article with tips to describe natural scenes.