When A Man Plants A Tree...

On Monday, I shared a Washington Irving quote about planting Oak Trees.  From the preamble of that same book about Wisconsin trees comes this John Muir quote.  Both of them moved me a bit and reinforced why I've been so fascinated with trees and getting a variety of them added to our landscape over the past two seasons.

I haven't posted about John Muir here on the blog (a search that returns no results says that's a true statement), but anybody who watch like maybe more than four minutes of Ken Burns "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" series knows who John Muir was and what his impact on our country really is today.  He's someone who's been called a "Secular Saint" for the work he did to not just preserve vast expanses of wilderness but also advocate for our communal understanding of the value that nature brings to all of us as a source of renewal, understanding and connection.

There's a lot here that resonates with me - from favorite trees (columnars!) to tending to them like children (blog posts documenting their heights!) - so this quote has become a favorite right now.


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