With thanks to one man’s
total conviction to conserve & protect,
we can find our faith
in being a small, but mindful part
of earth, sky & beyond’s grandeur .
The italicized words of John Muir
elegantly illustrate my photos, below.
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.
As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.
Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree. ~John Muir
John Muir helped draw up Yosemite’s proposed boundaries in 1889, wrote the magazine articles that led to its creation in 1890 and co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to protect it. May his legacy help inspire actions which protect mother earth, so that she may continue sustaining all living beings. ~david
ps: hope this new blog format displays correctly 4 U.
165 Replies to “John Muir’s Divine Yosemite Conviction”
Stunning! Thank goodness for Muir and Roosevelt’s vision and conviction.
thank you for this kind affirmation, Jennie!
we’ve countless others to be thankful for
just as future generations will feel gratitude
for those who act with wisdom
such as yourself, today.
may your day be well, david 🙂
My pleasure, David. Those who have the foresight need to be remembered. Thank you for being the one who writes about that so people will never forget. And thank you for your kind words.
thank you for making
it more-so 🙂
Your photographs are sensational! I get the feeling of this painterly expanse – the open air – the waterfalls – the shadows overlay with intriguing patterns. Thanks for this gallery display and words of John Muir! Connectedness, indeed.
i enjoy this beautiful
description, dear Ka!
may your day continue
with feeling connected 🙂
Truly beautiful photographs with appropriate quotes from John Muir, very well done!
i’m happy you find them beautiful, BoardFlak!
wishing you a happy moment 🙂
Such amazing photography! Thanks for taking me on your journey!
makes me happy
to hear your kindness, TCast!
may your day be happy 🙂
What fabulous photographs, wonderfully illustrating your points. The new blog format seems to be working very well.
makes me happy to hear, dear animalcouriers!
wishing you and all the pets a happy day 🙂
Prettiest place on Earth!
yes, it’s quite remarkable, Tom!
the est 4 million visitors
in 2018 are on to something 🙂
David, Your tribute to John Muir is beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his words accompanied by your glorious images. I am thankful for his reverence for nature and contributions to conservation and pay homage to him especially when we are hiking Yosemite. Terrific post, thanks. 🙂
thank you for your kind message, Jane! i was fortunate to have good picture conditions. it seemed appropriate to offer gratitude to John Muir. perhaps we were there about the same time. there were quite a few there hiking, biking and i didn’t recognize most people. wishing you a happy moment 🙂
Thank you David, beautiful pictures and the words of John Muir, a great idea. 🙂
i’m happy you find them beautiful, as it really is
a beautiful place, theburningheart.
wishing you peaceful moments in nature 🙂
makes me happy
hearing they’re delightful, Leyla!
wishing you a happy day 🙂
Yeah–there is something happening–beyond the current science and politics. Nice post!
thank you for your kind note, flahertylandscape!
perhaps the natural world
should read the news, sometime!
well, maybe not 🙂
Thank you, David, for sharing the words of John Muir (one of my heroes) with your gorgeous photos! A wonderful post, to remind us how precious our earth is – and how we must do all to preserve it. 🌲💚
so kindly your words are a recognition of what was
intended to be expressed, Betty!
quite a special place, even among many others
and some with cameras and wonder
in their eyes. i’m sure we will do our best
to protect in the time we have 🙂
It’s a beautiful place for sure. Thank you David 🙂
smiling to your kindness, Michele!
may your day be well 🙂
Indeed!!! “How glorious a greeting it is…” Thanks for sharing your breathtaking photos!!!
thank you for the kind words, travelingtortuga!
while i was breathing calmly
the camera did what i hoped for. 🙂
& i thank you, Leyla 🙂
Wonderful photos and post. John Muir was a great man – I sometimes volunteer with the John Muir Trust in Scotland.
smiling to your kind reflection, Alex!
i admire your volunteer work
as another wonderful continuation
of John Muir. Wishing you continued
satisfaction in these efforts 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed your post. The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.
thank you for your kind words, Yonnie!
wishing you happiness in nature
including nearby parks 🙂
You are quite welcome, it was a pleasure.
Dear David, what a beautiful post! I thoroughly enjoyed taking in Yosemite´s purity and learning about John Muir. What a wonderful place to revere the oneness and connectedness of it all! 🙂
thank you so much, gypsy at heart!
makes me happy you
came along on this
special holiday 🙂
You are so very welcome, thanks for taking us to such a magnificent place of nature magic! 🙂
Amazing photography and the story! What a beautiful place!
i’m grateful to have had a chance
to visit before the heat & crowds
of summer 🙂
Yes, it looks like you almost had it all for yourself. I am glad to see this beauty through your lens.
of the lens 🙂
What a majestic place.
thank you, Imelda!
yes, a wonderful place of natural beauty.
wishing you joyful moments in nature
which is nearby to you 🙂
We loved our visit to Yosemite in 2010. Beautiful park. Thanks for sharing. Allan
i’m happy knowing of your visit, Allan!
i’ve been fortunate to visit a number of times,
usually off-season. i see you enjoy the beautiful nature up north of me, how wonderful, david 🙂
Amazing photo captures of Yosemite!
You and your blog are stunning… xo
makes me happy
you find it so, dear Lara!
may your day be well 🙂
Crazy beautiful!!! I need to get back there….it’s been a while. Thank You so much for all of this. Cheers!!! 🙂
thank you, dear forresting!
wishing you success in having
another holiday in Muir’s paradise 🙂
Wasn’t it Muir who said that the doorway into another world is between two trees? (or something like that.) What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.
thanks for this quote, dear JD!
Muir said so much about
loving this earth, didn’t he? 🙂
Stunning pictures and post!!