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illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... THE FORESTS OF THE YOSEMITE PARK1 By
JOHN MUIR HE coniferous forests of the Yosemite Park, and of the
Sierra in general, surpass all in the wold, not only in the size
and beauty of the trees, but in the number of species assembled
together, and the grandeur of the mountains they are growing on.
Leaving the workaday lowlands, and wandering into the heart of the
mountains, we find a new world, and stand beside the majestic pines
and firs and sequoias silent and awestricken, as if in the presence
of superior beings new arrived from some other star, so calm and
bright and godlike they are. Going to the woods is going home; for
I suppose we came from the woods originally. But in some of
nature's forests the adventurous traveler seems a feeble, unwelcome
creature; wild beasts and the weather trying to kill him, the rank
tangled vegetation armed with spears and stinging needles barring
his way and making life a hard struggle. Here everything is
hospitable and kind, as if planned for your pleasure, ministering
to every want of body and soul. Even the storms are friendly and
seem to regard you as a brother, their beauty and tremendous
fateful earnestness alike charming you. But the weather is mostly
sunshine, both winter and summer, and the clear sunny brightness of
the park is one of its most striking characteristics. Even the
heaviest portions of the main forest belt, where the trees are
tallest and stand closest, are not in the least gloomy. The
sunshine falls in glory through the colossal spires and crowns,
each a symbol of health and strength, the noble shafts faithfully
upright like the pillars of temples, upholding a roof of infinite
leafy interlacing arches and fretted skylights. 1 From "Our
National Parks," by courteous permission of the Author, and
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|Country of origin:
Liberty Hyde Bailey
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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