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LETTERS TO A FRIEND: Written to Mrs. Ezra S. Carr, 1866-1879
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I wish that you could have seen the edge of the snow-cloud which hovered, oh, so soothingly, down to the grand Pilot Peak brows, discharging its heaven-begotten snows with such unmistakable gentleness and moving perhaps with conscious love from pine to pine as if bestowing separate and independent blessings upon each. In a few hours we climbed under and into this glorious storm-cloud. What a harvest of crystal flowers and what wind songs were gathered from the spiry firs and the long fringy arms of the Lambert pine!
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âfrom "Yosemite, "
Perhaps the most important of the founders of the modern conservation movement and an immense influence on animal-rights philosophies, John Muir was a champion of the preservation of unspoiled wilderness. His studies and surveys of Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the late 19th centuryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âand his love of their untamed beautyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âled directly to federal protection of vast ranges of virgin Western lands.
This collection of letters Muir wrote as a university student in the 1860s and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢70s to his "spiritual mother," botanist Mrs. Ezra Carr, offer a fascinating look at the legendary naturalist as a young man. Dispatched mostly from Yosemite Valley, where he was working as a sheep herder, they reveal the shaping of the philosophies that would later dominate MuirÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s work.
A legend of the American West and the careful guardianship of the environmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âas well as the freedom the natural world representsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€ÂMuirÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s writings are must reading for anyone who appreciates the wild splendor of our planet.
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