John Muir: Making The Scottish Mountains Glad

Jun 30, 2014 by

 

Scottish born John Muir was a visionary wilderness explorer who loved mountains passionately.  In 1849, his family emigrated from Dunbar, Scotland, to Wisconsin and John began his lifelong love of  America’s rugged mountains, wild rivers and green-graced forests and valleys.

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In 1892, Muir helped found the foremost conservation group in the world, the Sierra Club,
to “make the mountains glad.”
Though he began his wilderness project to protect American mountains and forests, his words are equally applicable to the Highland beauty of Glen Coe and other wild places in his native land of Scotland.  I have no doubt that Muir, a spiritual naturalist, would have counseled Scots as he did Americans:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

John Muir, 1901

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Apr 22, 2013 by

Earth Day 2013

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.”

― John Muir, (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

image: the solemn, haunting beauty of Glencoe, Scotland, by Skye-Steve
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46738459@N04/

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