The Earth Speaks by Steve van Matre and Bill Weiler

View from this book:

Rangering around in Grand Teton National Park during the summer of 2012.  Every visitor center in Grand Teton has this book either in their library or bookstore, and it is treated by most rangers as a coveted relic of Earth Wisdom.  One of my roommates gave me a copy of The Earth Speaks as a going-away gift at the end of the summer of 2011, and I waited until I’d gotten back to the mountains during the following summer to treat myself to this beautiful collection.

The book:

O, Nature!  What are men compared to rocks and mountains?  What are mountains compared to the odes literary men have composed to them?  This beautiful book is bursting with quotes and poems encouraging us all to fall in love with our Mother Earth.  It functions marvelously as a literary anthology and as an almanac of words to live by.  I have composed an entire ranger program around this book, and here’s one of the quotes that has so inspired me:

“This grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” —John Muir

8 out of 10.

The Earth Speaks

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