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Muir Monday: All the Wild World is Beautiful


All the wild world is beautiful.” – John Muir

The wilderness has a beauty that cannot be replicated. It is forever changing; familiar, yet always new. Nowhere is that more evident than when the leaves begin to turn colors in the fall. The experience changes day by day and even hour by hour as the sunlight, the weather and the colors change.

About the Photo

Many people assume that fall color in Southern California is limited to a few sycamore trees turning brown and dropping their leaves, but they would be sorely mistaken. I shot this photo last weekend at the southernmost aspen grove in North America — which just so happens to be right here in Southern California, near Big Bear in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

I loved the contrast between the thick, dark trunk of the towering pine and the slender aspen trees, just beginning to turn from green to gold. Yes, you can find fall color here in Southern California on the Aspen Grove Trail. I’ll be posting details on how you can get there tomorrow.

A Note About Muir Monday

I started sharing the wisdom of John Muir on back in June, posting new quotes on Instagram and Facebook with a photo I’ve taken that supports the message. Muir had a way with words, and the Muir Monday meme has proven popular. Beginning today, I’m trying out a new approach, sharing these inspirational words here on SoCal Hiker. Each Monday you’ll find a new quote to inspire you. Please spread the word, and share with your friends on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ or whatever networks you prefer.

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