John Muir’s Divine Yosemite Conviction

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Dusk approaching Washburn Point ~d nelson

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.

Mirror Lake reflects as sun rises over Half Dome ~d nelson

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

Stoneman meadow sun up ~d nelson

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

I did not climb El Capitan ~d nelson

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.

Tenaya Creek taking off ~d nelson

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

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165 Replies to “John Muir’s Divine Yosemite Conviction”

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

      1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. πŸ™‚

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  3. 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. πŸŒ²πŸ’š

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  4. Dear David, what a beautiful post! I thoroughly enjoyed taking in YosemiteΒ΄s purity and learning about John Muir. What a wonderful place to revere the oneness and connectedness of it all! πŸ™‚

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  5. 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.

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