Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day and Muir Woods in California. . . .

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~John Muir

Zentangle Tree in honor of Earth Day

One of my favorite places is Muir Woods outside of San Francisco, California. Every time we have been to S.F. we have tried to make a trip up to this fantastic place.

Muir Woods is named after the man who spoke the quote written above. Muir Woods is a huge forest of Redwood trees that is just amazing. You can hike for hours and never cease to be amazed with what is around you. Below is a little blurb of history about John Muir and Muir Woods.

"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.

Muir Woods National Monument is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), one of the largest urban national parks in the world. GGNRA was established in 1972 and contains 75,398 acres extend from Tomales Bay in Marin County to San Mateo County in the south, encompassing 59 miles of shoreline - one of the nation’s largest coastal preserves.

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike

John Muir, 1869

John Muir was one of the country’s most famous naturalist and conservationist and Muir Woods, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is named in his honor. Muir is credited with both the creation of the National Park System and the establishment of the Sierra Club.

If you are ever in this part of California, be sure and take a wonderful adventure and tour Muir Woods. You will not regret it.


  1. hi marthann! your zentangle tree is fabulous! and i love muir woods too! i was there about 25 years ago and i still remember how awesome those redwoods were....and i still have my special keychain that has "muir woods" embossed on it!!! :))))

  2. Hi Martha!! Love your tree!! Thanks for visiting today!! :))

  3. Hi Martha! Thanks so much for your visit and follow, I'm following you now too. I love meeting new folks, so glad you found me via Terri. This tree is incredible, what a beauty. I love the line work and the swirly earth, so special for earthday and love the poems too. Have a great weekend!


  4. It has been many years but Nancy and I did Muir Woods when we did an ALTA convention in San Francisco.
    It takes your breath away.

  5. I too love Muir Woods. I live close by too, but haven't ventured there in a number of years. It must be time, thanks for the reminder.
    Happy Earth Day.

  6. Hi Martha! I do hope that I can achieve that painterly thick look on my paintings. But the dry time will be a lesson in patience!

  7. I really like the lean of this tree. Although its made of doodles, it looks fresh and alive like.