Week 19: John Muir

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”     —John Muir



Week 20 - John MuirWho:  John Muir

What: Naturalist, author, farmer, orchardist, and advocate for the preservation of wilderness.Muir1913

Where:  Born in Scotland, settled in California near his wife’s family, and traveled the world.

Why:  Having been lucky enough to be out in the woods often hiking, biking, camping, sailing and relaxing these past few weeks, I am so appreciative for advocates of nature, both past and present.

Muir worked tirelessly throughout his life to preserve wild places for future generations, and it is people like him who we have to thank for the grand landscapes we often think of today when we think wilderness.

Although he is most known here in the states for advocating for our wilderness and credited for helping form the National Park Lands, he also traveled the globe in the name of adventure and seeking wild lands he had never seen.  Exploration is still happening today, and though our world seems so accessible thanks to things like the internet (why get out of the car in Glacier National Park when you can drive and check out anything you missed on the park’s website?!), Muir’s timeless words encourage us to take note and find awe, renewal and a sense of connection in nature.




3 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome sketch, Melissa!!! I haven´t heard of him before but from what you wrote he was a wonderful person and very inspirational! Have a lovely week! xoxo

    1. missyjean says:

      Thanks so much!

      It is fun to practice in gray tones every once in a while. He is a super interesting figure, as he continued to traveling the world well in to his 70s I think. Inspiring, and I will admit, I loved the classy photo I referenced from the 1910s in his hat.

      I always love your thoughtful comments, Sarah! Happy Monday to you, friend.

      1. You are most welcome, Melissa! I alwayd enjoy your sketchings so much! Just showed it to my mom (she´s a professional porcelain painter) and she loves them also! You capture the essence of your portraitist always so well!
        I think I´m going to do some more research about Muir then, he sounds really amazing! The picture you used is indeed wonderful. I´m a huge fan of early photography 🙂
        Wish you a happy tuesday, my friend! 🙂 xoxo

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