Cycling Park’s Centennial Beauty

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts. ~John Muir; the Unpublished Journals

Yosemite Valley's Tunnel View ~ d nelson
Yosemite Valley’s Tunnel View ~ d nelson

In gratitude to John Muir, Father of the National Park Service
on the park service’s 100th birthday.
I’m cycling along a few of his footsteps
through the jewel valley, known as Yosemite.

Each picture, thousands of words,
what more can I possibly say?
Thank you to ancestors who
cared for this sacred space.
Thank you to those who now manage
and protect this well-loved park from harm.
Lots more about Yosemite here.

Peddling past immense expanses of granite grays,
& forest browns & greens,
following along the Merced River,
touching the vibrantΒ cycles
of life, & of beginningless
birth & death, I smile!

Pollution, defilement, squalor are words that never would have been created had man lived conformably to Nature. Birds, insects, bears die as cleanly and are disposed of as beautifully as flies. The woods are full of dead and dying trees, yet needed for their beauty to complete the beauty of the living…. How beautiful is all Death!Β ~John Muir; the Unpublished Journals

77 Replies to “Cycling Park’s Centennial Beauty”

  1. Beautiful photos, David. That is one National Park I haven’t been to. Been to a lot of others, though. I have always wanted to go there. Thanks for sharing it. Happy Birthday National Parks!

    1. I’m happy to have a humble impression to share with you, Mary! Wonderful to have other parks available to you. Maybe someday, in spring or fall, you’ll see it in person πŸ™‚

  2. I do believe that the Spirit of Yosemite Park and John Muir are within your post, it’s a magical feast for the eyes, heart, body, mind and soul. πŸ™‚

  3. What gorgeous (no pun intended) reporting from a beautiful place our forefathers had the presence of mind to preserve. You have captured some timeless glories in your photos from the forefront of birth and death’s ceaseless turning. Such a banquet of restorative delights Nature provides to us!


    1. so many young adults gathered
      and creating sweet bonds of friendship
      in yosemite village, i could swear i
      saw you, Michael, laughing & dancing with them, down by the river, during the orange, granite sunset πŸ™‚

  4. A lovely tribute to a magnificent place; I especially like the light in the first image and the starry night photo. I hope Muir is proven right, that these wild places ever and always survive us.

  5. What a stunning landscape.

    The image of ‘cycling heaven’ gives me a real feel for what it might be like hiking through the region.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful part of the world.

    Every time I see images of the National Parks and wilderness areas, I wish that mankind could make more effort to preserve these precious tracts of land. If only we could encourage more people to appreciate the beauty of nature, instead of desecrating it. I know modern technology plays a major part in our future, but we can still find a balance with Nature that is sustainable. We have the knowledge. We have the power. Everyone just needs to take the initiative and make to make it work.

    1. i’m happy to could join the adventure, Vicki!
      yes, it’s quite fortunate that this space was designated as a park and not a private estate of some kind. i completely agree with your wishes for our being in balance with nature.
      while much of the Yosemite valley is meadow or forest, the rest of the terrain varies. wanna see an incredible rock-climber’s view? check this out:

    1. smiling to your kind expression, LaVagabonde! quite a special place to take refuge. pointed the camera up and was impressed how well it remembered all those stars! our group camp just outside of the park; dreamt peacefully πŸ™‚

  6. Oh heavens! Your images took me away and to just imagine being there in person makes my Heart just pound! Sacred and glorious you showed us here, David. Thank you so very much! I stared and I stared at each photograph just completely taken away by the majestic Divinity displayed. What a Blessing you are to us. Beautiful beautiful post!! ❀

    1. smiling to your enthuisiastic, heartful words, Amy! I’m happy I could go & share a bit of the beauty with special people like you. May your day be well, david πŸ™‚

  7. very nice, as usually… πŸ™‚ we visited it several years ago and it’s one of our favourite ones among the other national parks… Yellowstone being nΒ° 1!!! ❀
    * * *
    oh, you may have noticed I love John Muirs's words, too… I visited the Muir Woods last May… πŸ™‚

    1. how wonderful that we both have experienced the beauty of these parks. happy to know of your fondness for Muir. may the parks continue to inspire us and others πŸ™‚

  8. Great post, great tribute to nature and to John Muir who has left such a legacy in deeds and writings. Yosemite is one of the most memorable places that I’ve ever been. It’s spectacular and made my heart sing.

  9. hello smilecalm its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a wunderful playse to go and relaks away frum the sitty and the peepul for a wile!!! dada sez it is not that far frum us i wunder why we never go their it cud maybe be becuz i am a shutin dog wot is afrayd of almost evrything but nahhh shoorly their must be sum other reezun!!! ok bye

  10. I smile too seeing your photographs and reading the post. A place I’ve always wanted to visit – to be able to do so viscerally a pleasure too. Never heard of John Muir before but thankful for his vision and foresight.

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