Happy Birthday, John Muir!

John Muir

John Muir

John Muir was born April 21, 1838. He had a profound influence on how Americans viewed our wild lands and his influence led to the establishment of many of our National Parks and other protected lands. He was nicknamed The Father of our National Parks. This is National Parks week. Go explore somewhere this week, or make plans to visit sometime this year.

Here are photos from some of my favorite National Parks along with quotes from John Muir.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

Arches, Utah

Double Arch at Night

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

 

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”

Big Bend, Texas

Sunset, "The Window", Chisos Basin

Sunset, “The Window”, Chisos Basin

Boquillas Canyon, Rio Grande River

Boquillas Canyon, Rio Grande River

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Sunrise at the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

 

Bryce Canyon at Dusk

Bryce Canyon at Dusk

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”

Canyonlands, Utah

Grand View Point

Grand View Point

 

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”

Capitol Reef, Utah

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

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

Dead Horse Point, Utah

Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.”

Denali, Alaska

Denali and Wonder Lake

Denali and Wonder Lake

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

“The snow is melting into music.”

Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Deer, Great Sand Dunes

Deer, Great Sand Dunes

 

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.”

Mount Rainier, Washington

Last Light on Mt. Rainier

Last Light on Mt. Rainier

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”

Olympic, Washington

Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bear Lake, Hallett Peak, and Flattop Mountain in the Moonlight

Bear Lake, Hallett Peak, and Flattop Mountain in the Moonlight

Storm Clouds Rolling In. Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain

Storm Clouds Rolling In. Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands

White Sands

Yucca, Moon, Venus

Yucca, Moon, Venus

“Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love.”

Yosemite, California

Last Light on El Capitan

Last Light on El Capitan

Stars Over El Capitan

Stars Over El Capitan

“In Yosemite Valley, one morning about two o’clock I was aroused by an earthquake; and though I had never before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange, wild thrilling motion and rumbling could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, near the Sentinel Rock, both glad and frightened, shouting, ‘A noble earthquake!’ “

Zion, Utah

Petrified Sand Dunes

Petrified Sand Dunes

Zion

Zion

Links

Quotes from John Muir

The Earthquake by John Muir