Nature Journal with John Muir
edited by Bonnie Johanna Gisel
Paperback — 160 pages, price $16.00
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From the editor
Selections from the two-hundred articles written and published by John Muir are
offered here to provide stepping-stones for inspiration and thoughtfulness for your
writing and sketching journey. Considered to be one of the great mountaineers and
one of the earliest plant ecologists, Muir saw with clarity the world he sought
to preserve for all time. He was one of Nature's visionaries. As you walk your own
pathless journey of discovery in Nature and wilderness may you find that the gentleness
of Muir's spirit and the keenness of his sight provide a guiding light as you seek
to find ways to draw yourself nearer to the goodness and greatness that abounds
upon mountain tops, in warm sunny meadows, and near cool streams.
— Bonnie Johanna Gisel
Bonnie Johanna Gisel
Bonnie Johanna Gisel is a naturalist, artist, nature writer, and historian who has
written extensively about the life and work of John Muir. Presently she is at work
on a book on John Muir and his life as a botanist. She is the author of the introduction
to John Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures and the author and editor
of Kindred & Related Spirits: The Letters of John Muir and Jeanne C. Carr.
She has published articles and lectured on John Muir and her own journeys in wilderness,
including "A Song in Several Keys. Yosemite Journal," that appeared in California
Tour and Travel. Bonnie is the curator at the Sierra Club's LeConte Memorial Lodge
in Yosemite National Park, where she designs environmental education programs including
the "Nature Journal," the Wilderness Quilt Project, Words for Wilderness Around
the World, and Green Shoes.
From Nature Journal
Excerpts from John Muir's writings that head each page in this writing and sketching
Then came evening, and the somber cliffs were inspired with the ineffable beauty
of the alpenglow. A solemn calm fell upon every feature of the landscape. All the
lower portion of the canyon was in gloaming shadow, and I crept into a hollow near
one of the upper lakelets to smooth away the burrs from a sheltered spot for a bed.
When the short twilight faded I kindled a sunny fire, made a cup of tea, and lay
down with my face to the deep clean sky. Soon the night-wind began to flow and pour
in torrents among the jagged peaks, mingling its strange tones with those of the
waterfalls sounding far below....
Perhaps you have already said that you have seen enough for a lifetime. But before
you go away you should spend at least one day and a night on a mountain top, for
a last general calming, settling view....
I made up a bundle of bread, tied my note-book to my belt, and strode away in the
bracing air, full of eager, indefinite hope....
I never before saw a plant so full of life; so perfectly spiritual, it seemed pure
enough for the throne of its Creator. I felt as if I were in the presence of superior
beings who loved me and beckoned me to come. I sat down beside them and wept for
joy. Could angels in their better land show us a more beautiful plant? How good
is our Heavenly Father in granting us such friends as are these plant-creatures,
filling us wherever we go with pleasure so deep, so pure, so endless....
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