Posted by: csdailyblog | November 12, 2009

Trees and Travels


John Muir would go to any lengths to feel the power and beauty of nature. In one of the most famous sections of his book My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir climbed high into the spire of a tree during a Sierra windstorm to swing “like a bobolink on a reed.” From that lofty perch, a new world opened before his eyes. “… [I]t never occurred to me until this storm-day, while swinging in the wind, that trees too are travelers … never before did these noble woods appear so fresh, so joyous, so immortal.”

To get just a taste of what John Muir must have felt in that famous windstorm, Jeff Rennicke’s “Wilderness in Literature” class took advantage of a beautiful November day recently, ascending a safe distance into the branches (not so high as Muir) of a white pine on campus to read the words of John Muir and feel for themselves the small travels of the trees.

(Photos and post contributed by English Teacher Jeff Rennicke.)



  1. I LOVE the picture of the four of them!

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