In honor of Earth Day I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from John Muir (who is a deep resource for pithy and moving quotes on the importance of being a Nature Lover, and who's birthday was yesterday):
“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. 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. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” - John Muir
Additionally, I would like to take a moment to thank my Dad, Michael, for being such an excellent father and wonderful human being. When I was growing up on the Mendocino Coast, he was always dragging me off on mini-adventures (and some bigger ones) around the local landscape (and beyond)... biking down the dusty back roads of Albion Ridge to reach a great swimming hole (Jack's Pond on Middle Ridge); kayaking up Big River to picnic on some sandy beach (and hopefully avoid battling the wind and tide on the way back); cycling and camping down the Eastern Sierra and through Yosemite; or taking a month-long backpacking excursion around Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, where I watched the sun rise over the jungle from atop Mayan pyramids, and snorkeled on my first coral reef... And these experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation for the wild open spaces, and for that wonderful feeling of being a human out in it - quiet and reverent - alive with the exhilarating smallness of our selves in the face of the world's vastness. I cherish that feeling in myself, and have now begun to nurture and share it with my daughters, that they may know the same joy in their own lives. Thank you Dad, and Happy Birthday! So glad that you are around to see your granddaughters growing up!
Here is one of my favorite portraits that I have made of my Dad: