Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | August 28, 2010

Groves were the First Temples

John Muir Wildness trail head

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.  ~ John Muir


  1. Hi Phillip, love the quote and the man, just to say, is everyone aware that there is now a fantastic organisation in his name in the UK that organises to buy and protect the most magical and iconic landscapes of Scotland and beyond? website can be found at

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