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ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:44 pm
by Linner
SEQUOIAS AND REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT


I RAN INTO THIS SITE ON A SEARCH FOR SOMETHING ABOUT TREES. IT HAD LOTS OF PICTURES OF GIANT SEQUOIA TREES AND REDWOODS. IT WAS FASCINATING TO ME TO READ THE WORDS THROUGHOUT THE SITE, SOME BY MUIR AND SOME BY OTHERS, BUT ALL THOUGHT PROVOKING AND, IN PARTS, GUT-WRENCHING. I WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED. JOHN MUIR WAS SO AHEAD OF HIS TIME...PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS ADDLED IN THE HEAD...QUITE THE OPPOSITE. HE WAS CLOSER TO THE REAL TRUTH OF THINGS THAN MOST...HERE IS THE LAST ENTRY ON THAT SITE: (IF THE PICTURE OF THE BOOK DOESN’T SHOW UP, IT ONLY HAS A PICTURE OF HIM ON IT AND THE TITLE, WHICH I HAVE PUT AT THE BOTTOM.) I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF ‘ITALICIZING’ SOME PLACES AND TWO SPOTS ARE IN RED JUST FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLARIFICATION.



FINAL WORDS FROM JOHN MUIR-

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.

These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar. Dam Hetch Hetchy ! As well dam for water-tanks the people’s cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man.


How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind !

The spiritual eye sees not only rivers of water but of air. It sees the crystals of the rock in rapid sympathetic motion, giving enthusiastic obedience to the sun’s rays, then sinking back to rest in the night. The whole world is in motion to the center. So also sounds. We hear only woodpeckers and squirrels and the rush of turbulent streams. But imagination gives us the sweet music of tiniest insect wings, enables us to hear, all around the world, the vibration of every needle, the waving of every bole and branch, the sound of stars in circulation like particles in the blood. The Sierra canyons are full of avalanche debris.

(With our imagination) we hear them boom again, and we read the past sounds from present conditions. Again we hear the earthquake rock-falls.

Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet true imagination is healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarse senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.

Government protection should be thrown around every wild grove and forest on the mountains, as it is around every private orchard, and the trees in public parks. To say nothing of their value as fountains of timber, they are worth infinitely more than all the gardens and parks of towns.

Winds are advertisements of all they touch, however much or little we may be able to read them; telling their wanderings ever by their accents alone. One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographer’s plates.


(Yet) No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.

Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God’s blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted. If you are business-tangled and so burdened by duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, give a month at least. The time will not be taken from the sum of life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal.

Lie down among the pines for a while then get to plain pure white love-work to help humanity and other mortals.

Going to the mountains is going home.
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John Muir In His Own Words: A Book of Quotations

Compiled and Edited by Peter Browning


Review by Harold Wood
98 PP., $9.95, paperback.
Great West Books, 1988
P.O. Box 1028-A
Lafayette, CA 94540
(415) 283-3184

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:31 am
by Marlys
Thank you Moonchild for sharing this with us! John Muir really got it, didn't he?

A Pastor friend of mine once told me "I have to get away for a few weeks a year so I can refuel my soul by God's wonderous nature" He said the mountains were where he felt closest to God..I agree with him!

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Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:10 am
by Linner
Marlys wrote:Thank you Moonchild for sharing this with us! John Muir really got it, didn't he?

A Pastor friend of mine once told me "I have to get away for a few weeks a year so I can refuel my soul by God's wonderous nature" He said the mountains were where he felt closest to God..I agree with him!

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Someone once scoffed at me for saying that my church was out in the pasture in the trees and with the goats who lived in there. I felt real sorry for them, girl. Your pastor friend knows where to find God, for sure. So do I and no one can tell me different. I love your graphic, just plain love it !! But you forgot something...you left off "Earthchild" !! Now how could ya have gone and fergot that thar ?? It's still a lovely one, though. Thanks for appreciating this article...

Love, Moonchild :D :) :lol: :wink:

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:34 am
by Katie
EARTHCHILD... MOONCHILD.. This is a wonderful post...and fills a longing in me as I have never seen a real mountain...only the ones in pictures, or television... I see these pictures and think, "Lord, are there really places like that?" Your reply reminds me of all the time I have spent praising and seeing God on my early morning rides. Getting up early enough to watch deer feeding in shadows, or the stars disappear, to be replaced by an early morning sunrise. Bowing my head by an old wooden cross, long ago forgotten, old and worn, half covered in wildflowers. I felt closer to God in the woods, then I ever did in a church. Surrounded by his wondorous creations. Shared only with a horse and God..Marvelous !!!! I haven't read much of John Muir's works, but I may just have to look them up. Thanks for sharing Linda, I love you sweet lady !!!!!

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:54 pm
by Linner
Katie wrote:EARTHCHILD... MOONCHILD.. This is a wonderful post...and fills a longing in me as I have never seen a real mountain...only the ones in pictures, or television... I see these pictures and think, "Lord, are there really places like that?" Your reply reminds me of all the time I have spent praising and seeing God on my early morning rides. Getting up early enough to watch deer feeding in shadows, or the stars disappear, to be replaced by an early morning sunrise. Bowing my head by an old wooden cross, long ago forgotten, old and worn, half covered in wildflowers. I felt closer to God in the woods, then I ever did in a church. Surrounded by his wondorous creations. Shared only with a horse and God..Marvelous !!!! I haven't read much of John Muir's works, but I may just have to look them up. Thanks for sharing Linda, I love you sweet lady !!!!!

AWW, KATIE...YOUR SWEET HEART CAME IN TO COMMENT ON THIS !! I AM REALLY GLAD IT TOUCHED YOU, TOO. I WAS IMPRESSED, AND I MEAN JAW OPEN TO THE FLOOR, WITH GENERAL SHERMAN. TO BE OLDER THAN JESUS CHRIST IS NOT SOMETHIN' TO SNEEZE AT, GIRL. I'VE GOT LINKS, BUT THEY ARE THREE MILES LONG. IF ANYONE WANTS THEM IN HERE IT WOULD TAKE A WHOLE POST SPACE, BUT I'LL DO IT IF YOU WANT ME TO. JUST SAY THE WORD...

LOVE YOU, KATIE GIRL...LINNER :D :) :lol: :wink:

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:40 pm
by Happy Holmes1
Linda, thank you so much for sharing this. O, how John Muir makes me want to go to the mountains, b/c one of my favorite things is to get out and see not one thing man-made.
Just love it dear! -Holmesy

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:52 pm
by Linner
THANKS, YA LI'L PICKLE LIKKER, YOU !!! SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED READING JOHN MUIR !!

LOVE, LINDY LOU :D :) :lol: :wink:

Re: ON SEQUOIAS, REDWOODS AND JOHN MUIR

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:23 pm
by Linner
OKAY HERE IS THE LINK IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. I SAID IT WAS A LONG ONE...LOL !!



http://www.snowwowl.com/rlsequoias1.html



 WELL I'LL BE DARNED !! IT WAS LINES LONG IN THE EMAIL I COPIED IT INTO !!! :roll: