Mood of the Countryside

“Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world; and talking leads almost inevitably to smoking, and then farewell to nature as far as one of our senses is concerned. The only friend to walk … Continue reading Mood of the Countryside

John Muir’s Joy

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir is Muir’s personal journal documenting his journey into the Sierras while watching and driving Mr. Delaney’s sheep herd for the summer. Muir’s enthusiasm and pure love of nature is evident from the first page of the book. It truly is a masterpiece of Muir’s and over … Continue reading John Muir’s Joy

Quiet, Yes Quiet!

“I am on the bank of the Clearwater River, the trout are rising on the glassy river snatching small insects drifting in the lethargic current, common golden eyes are leading their ducklings around the lily pads on the opposite bank and the yellow warbler sings out of a riverside willow, serenading the distant hills and mountains.  In the … Continue reading Quiet, Yes Quiet!

A Passive Mystery

“The creeks … are an active mystery, fresh every minute. Theirs is the mystery of continuous creation and all that providence imp lies: the uncertainty of vision, the horror of the fixed, the dissolution of the present, the intricacy of beauty, the pressure of fecundity, the elusiveness of the free, and the flawed nature of perfection. … Continue reading A Passive Mystery