This gallery will feature quotes by John Muir that are now in the public domain.
"John Muir (1838–1914) also known as 'John of the Mountains', was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States," according to Wikipedia.
Muir, at one point, criticized my Great-Great-Grandpa Thomas Hill for his California landscape paintings of Yosemite and the Sierras. However, after Muir visited the mountains for himself, he saw that Hill's paintings captured the Sierras and Yosemite as no others could.
"His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions," Wikipedia noted. "His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
"The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130-mile-long route, was named in honor of him.
"In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the 'Father of the National Parks' and the National Park Service has produced a short documentary about his life."
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