the preaching of pine trees

“Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.” 

 – John Muir

Wasatch Mntn Forest in color

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30 responses

  1. Lovely

    December 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

    • The entire hike is wonderful…so full of this…loveliness. 🙂

      December 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

  2. I am a member of the John Muir Trust here in the U.K. Whilst we get regular weekly updates of the work the Trust does to help protect our wildspaces we also get a regular ‘quote’ from the John Muir archive…I am both surprised at just how many they can publish without repeating a quote but perhaps most importantly just how relevant they are to to-day. P.S. Nice image too!

    December 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

    • I only have one book of Muir’s, it’s a collection, really, essays taken from many of his books…and like you, I find that there are so many quotes and ideas that are poignant and applicable to today…very good reading.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

  3. Liana

    what a perfect post 🙂

    December 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    • Thank you, Liana.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

  4. I think these words are true. Many people feel a disconnect with nature as they are so far removed from it. If they lived a little closer to it, they may treat it differently.

    December 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    • If they lived closer to it…and chose to go out into it, yes…I think they might.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

  5. amen…
    It brings to mind a conversation I had with someone living in a small village in the midst of the Redwoods. He told me it was unbelievable how many folks stopped to ask where the Redwood trees were (after they’d been driving through them). I imagine it’s a bit tough to hear the preaching of the trees when you’re zooming down the road in your metal box on wheels… kind of sad, really.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    • That is really sad!

      December 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    • That is rather sad for those folks. It’s almost hard to imagine living out there among the Redwoods, too….goodness…the sermons you’d hear every single day….

      December 18, 2013 at 6:35 am

  6. I agree with that, wholeheartedly.

    December 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  7. For sure, but how does one do that?

    December 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    • I don’t have a good answer for that one, Terry.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

  8. I love this post. I grew up with pine tree forests. Nothing smells or talks like a pine tree. I agree. Nobody could meet a tree and go away unmoved. The Longleaf pine is gone now. There used to be huge forests of them along the east coast stretching all the way to the gulf. Some of the old boards are 18 inches wide. A whole industry was built on harvesting them. The story is sad.

    December 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    • I’m glad you do, George, and I’m not surprised. I remember a post of yours about those Longleaf pines and it’s a shame what we have done to our natural resources without even thinking about it….yet another sad story.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

  9. Grogeous!

    December 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • It is a very compelling spot, Adrian…one tiny location amid the vastness of the canyons and mountains and it sticks-out in my memory….

      December 18, 2013 at 6:43 am

  10. Nothing like those towering pines! Beautiful capture, I can almost smell their scent!

    December 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • I think you’d love it there, Susan. 🙂

      December 18, 2013 at 6:43 am

  11. Nut Balls

    What a beautiful combination of those words with that picture 🙂

    December 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    • Thank you, Nathan….you’ve been there. 🙂

      December 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

  12. LB

    Can I just say ditto to everyone else? 🙂 perfect quote and photo!

    December 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    • You certainly can, LB….thank you. 🙂

      December 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

  13. What a great quote from the great man. Pine woods have a magic about them – On a certain type of day when I am in a Pine wood, I can smell the forest I walked through in 1969 in the Everest Region of the Himalayas. Some memories are not so much about vision but about scents.

    December 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    • It’s crazy how the mind works like that, Andy. And how wonderful that you can still smell that particular Pine wood after all these years…I think that’s fascinating.

      December 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

      • There’s an awful lot we don’t understand about how the mind stores memories. They can be evoked in such strange ways, often they just pop into consciousness uninvited.

        December 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

        • Yet another frontier that we’ve explored, but by no means have conquered….

          December 20, 2013 at 6:30 am

  14. settleandchase

    How very true! There is an absolute energy to a wood, it gets right to your insides..

    December 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    • And that’s not a bad thing, Cath. 🙂

      December 20, 2013 at 6:30 am

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