“Imperfect Men”

“It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!” – John Muir

Aspen in the sky

24 responses

  1. Definitely something to ponder.

    January 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

  2. Wonderful point of view.

    January 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    • I like it, too. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

  3. Great image….but you have to hand it to John Muir, way ahead of his time, but always there with the right perception of the wild and its magic captured in a few well chosen words.

    January 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    • We could use him again…still.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

  4. Awesome point of view Scott and the image is great too. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with all of us how you feel and what you see through you lens on your camera. Take care and hang in there. Kat

    January 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    • Thank you, Kat…..and you’re very welcome, too. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

  5. Smashing photograph Scott. I really like this looking up viewpoint.

    January 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    • Thank you, Adrian…those trees really help.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

  6. John Muir was a wise man!

    January 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    • Indeed, he was, Allen.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

  7. Thank you so much for the great shot! Higher seem the trees and the sky looks like really join infinity ! And the colours match so well, mean infinity too!

    January 24, 2014 at 3:02 am

    • The trees do seem to be reaching toward infinity, don’t they, Kristel?

      January 27, 2014 at 8:05 am

  8. And they see everything there is to see… here, you’ve caught them watching.

    January 24, 2014 at 6:50 am

    • I’m anxious to be among them again in the spring and summer…to listen to them speaking in their silvery tones of rustling leaves….

      January 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

  9. Your trees are reaching for the sky…..so there’s a lesson we too can learn……if only we had the energy……..but then, I suppose they only really do it for half the year….so there’s hope for us bipeds.

    January 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    • Yes, there is hope for us, John. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:07 am

  10. A great view and such wise words from a favorite wise man.

    January 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • He’s an inspiration.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:07 am

  11. Fantastic marriage of word and image – love that quote, it’s delightful.

    February 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

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