Lover and champion of the American wilderness, John Muir, was born on this day in 1838. Explore his life and legacy in “John Muir in the New World,” now available online.
Once upon a time there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. And they grew next to each other. And every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and he would say, ‘You’re crooked. You’ve always been crooked and you’ll continue to be crooked. But look at me! Look at me! I’m tall and I’m straight.’ And then one day the lumberjacks came into the forest and looked around, and the man in charge said, ‘Cut all the straight trees.’ And that crooked tree is still there to this day, growing strong and growing strange.’ Tom Waits, in Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
So this is my piece for Light Grey Art Labs Animystics show,which opens on April 25 . Its a swan. I quite like swans,though I can’t exactly say why..but I’m always happy when I encounter one.You can buy prints of my picture here and be sure to also check all the other pictures , as they’re just wonderful.
It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods … Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries … God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools …
John Muir - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.
Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. - John Muir
I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill… - John Muir
Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress… - John Muir
Easter Eggs, in an impossible basket