Sunday, October 11, 2009

Being Inspired by Others

"No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Some lean back in majestic repose; others, absolutely sheer or nearly so for thousands of feet, advance beyond their companions in thoughtful attitudes, giving welcome to storms and calms alike, seemingly conscious, yet heedless of everything going on about them. Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these mountain rocks are adorned and how fine and reassuring the company they keep....If for a moment you are inclined to regard these taluses as mere draggled, chaotic dumps, climb to the top of one of them, and run down without any haggling, puttering hesitation, boldly jumping from bolder to boulder with even speed. You will then find your feet playing a tune, and quickly discover the music and poetry of these magnificent rock piles-a fine lesson; and all Nature's wildness tells the same story..."

--John Muir


septembermom said...

Beautifully written and expressed. I would love to visit Yosemite someday. Such majesty awaits the beholder.

Judith Ellis said...

Kelly - I too would love to visit Yosemite. Maybe I'll make it there next year. Yellowstone is on my list too. Majestic indeed!