#OTD in 1838, John Muir, the father of Yosemite National Park and the National Park Service, was born. Muir worked tirelessly to instill the values of the wilderness in people. Believing deeply in the restorative and healing powers of nature, Muir and his followers sparked a movement that still influences the way we appreciate and conserve nature. Pictured here are his beloved Yosemite, his home in California, and Muir Woods, a strand of Coastal Redwoods that was preserved outside of San Francisco and named for the venerable conservationist. Thank you, John Muir!
"Wilderness is a necessity ... They will see what I meant in time. There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Food and drink is not all. There is the spiritual. In some it is only a germ, of course, but the germ will grow."
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
“How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof. In such places, standing alone on the mountaintop, it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and the birds, or tents or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving track.”
“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the moutnains — mountain-dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s work-shops."
- John Muir
Happy National Park Week 🥳
America’s best idea 🙌🏼😉 Today the parks are free so I bet our beautiful public lands will be busy😁 Is anyone going to a Nat Park today? I’m eagerly waiting to explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton next month 🤩 if you have recommendations for me, send them my way 🙏🏻 ✨This photo was taken in @cuyahogavalleynps
Happy Birthday, Hot Springs National Park!⠀
Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832 to be preserved for future recreation. Established before the concept of a national park existed, it was the first time that land had been set aside by the federal government to preserve its use as an area for recreation. The hot spring water has been popularly believed for centuries to possess medicinal properties, and was a subject of legend among several Native American tribes. Following federal protection in 1832, the city developed into a successful spa town. Incorporated January 10, 1851, the city has been home to Major League Baseball spring training, illegal gambling, speakeasies and gangsters such as Al Capone, horse racing at Oaklawn Park, the Army and Navy Hospital, and 42nd President Bill Clinton. The area was made a national park on March 4, 1921. Until the redesignation of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial as Gateway Arch National Park in 2018, Hot Springs was the smallest national park by area in the United States. Since Hot Springs National Park is the oldest park maintained by the National Park Service, it was the first to receive its own US quarter in April 2010 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters coin series. [wikipedia]⠀
📍: Hot Springs National Park, AR⠀
📅 : December 2018⠀
📷: Olympus OMD EM1mII⠀
🔍: Olympus 12-40mm pro - 18mm⠀ #nationalparkgeek#IBrakeForBrownSigns#getolympus#hotspringsnationalpark ⠀
2 9520 April, 2019
Sunset in Yellowstone. Opening day of Yellowstone National Park did not disappoint, so worth skipping work for.
On this same trail the day before this shot was taken, a lady was hospitalized after being gored by a bull elk she came too close to while trying to get a picture. Remember to respect the land and wildlife alike when you hit the trail ✌🏼
Perhaps this is a strange reaction to have but the fire at #NotreDame is such a warning to us that we must preserve historical structures and relics with such unyielding attention and with great care. This is such a loss for the world. We are all immeasurably poorer, today.
One of my favorite night shots I’ve taken in one of the coolest places I’ve camped. The Santa Elena Canyon is truly something else. As the sun sank below the horizon, we watched the stars multiply until they were innumerable. Nature put on quite the show. Already stoked to do some more paddling trips on the Rio Grande this year.
And yes, I couldn’t help but to point out dozens of constellations I learned from that young lad of a Ranger in Yosemite last year. Who would’ve thought accidentally stumbling upon a ranger-led night hike would lead to a lifetime of knowledge.