Gentle Wilderness The Sierra Nevada Author:John Muir If you believe nostalgia serves a purpose, you don't mind enjoying it now and then. Before knowing that it served a purpose and when very young, I stumbled across John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra and began to feel nostalgic about a place I had not yet known, in particular the approaches to Yosemite and the high country above it. Muir's ... more »own sense of discovery was so vivid as to instill a sense of already having been there.
Nearly a century after Muir's first summer, Richard Kauffman has come along with color camera instead of notebook to recapture the feeling of discovery and the vividness in what Muir was to call the Range of Light. Here is the Sierra the way Muir saw it, the way others have seen it confirmed in First Summer; and here is the place I myself have felt at home in for nearly half a century, whether for only a week or two at a time, or a month or a year or two -- the way it was then and is now. . . .« less