Quote from John Muir on falling in love with nature

Quote from John Muir:

“When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures. Fortunately around my native town of Dunbar, by the stormy North Sea, there was no lack of wildness, though most of the land lay in smooth cultivation. With red-blooded playmates, wild as myself, I loved to wander in the fields to hear the birds sing, and along the seashore to gaze and wonder at the shells and seaweeds, eels and crabs in the pools among the rocks when the tide was low; and best of all to watch the waves in awful storms thundering on the black headlands and craggy ruins of the old Dunbar Castle when the sea and the sky, the waves and the clouds, were mingled together as one.”

Black and white photograph of John Muir sitting on a large rock. He has a long beard, is wearing a loose button-up shirt with rolled-up sleeves, suspenders, and dark trousers. Muir is gazing into the distance with a contemplative expression. In the background, there are tall trees and a calm reflective lake, suggesting a serene natural setting.
John Muir

“A quote from John Muir on falling in love with nature” sources:

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir / John Muir, full-length portrait, facing right, seated on rock with lake and trees in background. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/95514008/>.


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