“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” Henry David Thoreau
“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.” John Muir
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” Henry David Thoreau
“In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
25 thoughts on “Muir, Thoreau and Spirit Wood”
Beautiful images (especially b&w :))
Thank you, my friend.
I smiled as soon as I saw Muir and Thoreau in the heading. 🙂 Really nice shots of the mountains. I liked in Breckenridge back when it was little.
* liked & lived* 🙂
Hahaha… I figured…..
Photos added to the words and pulled you into the wonder of Nature.
Than my work is done here…
Wonderful combination if quotes and photos Noelle!
The more time I spend in nature, the more Whitman, Thoreau and Muir make sense to me.
Yes indeed 🙂
Ah… such lovely quotes and photos…
Thank you, my friend. The pair had so many to choose from.
Love the quotes and the pictures Noelle Thankyou. I have a mountain near me and I love to walk there and sit on it’s beautiful land. It balances and grounds my energy, I honour that everyday.
It truly has become an essential element to my spiritual practice. Nature heals.
This post and it’s quotes, are keepers! Thank you so much, Noelle. I used to write down quotes such as these and savor them. I’m so glad you’ve reminded me of why I used to do that. Inspiring!
I used to find quotes for my dad when he was campaigning. Quotes to keep him going. Quotes to help him ignore naysayers. Quotes to remind him what he was doing this for. If you are a quote person you might start up a quote-a-day exercise to keep you moving, too.
“The mountains are calling and I must go,’ I love the simple poetic beauty and truth in this quote.
I have been reading a lot more of Whitman, Thoreau and Muir. I admire their passionate connection to the Earth. As I get older and older I feel like I’m just beginning to understand this. So many blessings, my friend, for stopping by. Always love your notes and the feeling of admiration is mutual.
Some great reading suggestions there, thank you. I have recently discovered a love for John O’Donohue. If you’re at all interested, check this interview out, it’s quite something: http://www.onbeing.org/program/inner-landscape-beauty/203
An inspired collection of beauty, images and quotes.
“I never saw a discontented tree.” <— I love this quote. Brilliant Muir, well done. Thanks for sharing these with us Noelle, I especially enjoyed the black & white photos too. 🙂
Muir was a very interesting fellow. I wonder sometimes where I passion for the Earth went to, as it would seem these men had it in spades. We even revere them today, but fail to act upon their wisdom.
Very enjoyable post, thanks!