Tuesday, August 21, 2012

~ Fresh Beauty ~

Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty.

-John Muir

I have been watching an ongoing lovely series on PBS on National Parks these past weeks, and learned so very much. Lately I have become obsessed with John Muir and what he really has done for us that live and visit the US. A man from Scotland pored his heart and soul literally into nature and helped preserve some of the most pristine places from becoming developed- places that we all can enjoy and be outside in peace and nature. Showing us that the wildness of nature is perfect the way it is, man can never improve what has been created here. No matter our social status, ethnic background the national parks are for everyone. I am also really taken with Teddy Roosevelt and what he and Muir accomplished together as a team- President Roosevelt has become a favorite of mine as well.. Seeing that I live right next door to Glacier Park I reap the benefits of their passion for nature and hard work. I will forever be grateful to them for this opportunity to enjoy this amazing place with my family and friends - my children will have memories from this most beautiful place that we enjoy all 4 seasons forever. Hear we can find peace, rejuvenation and fresh beauty.

Wishing you all that you find a little fresh beauty in your day.


  1. Hear hear! Wonderful pictures too. X

  2. there is great book you might enjoy if you are enjoying John Muir... The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. It is about Roosevelt and Pinchot and the impact they had on the Forest Service..ultimatly the national forest. within the book ...describes their relationship and inspiration from John Muir.

  3. I've been following along on your blog for a little while now, silently. Just wanted to comment on this to appreciate your quote and photos! I work in partnership with a small nat'l park and local school district in VT and use quotes with my students every day. This one will add to the list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. thanks for this post, and to commenter sarah for the book suggestion....
    i too am so moved by people who have saved such amazing places for us. it's how it SHOULD be.


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