Photographer's Note

"Do you know the origin of that word 'saunter'?
It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply: "A la sainte terre, to the Holy Land". And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them."
John Muir lived up to his doctrine. He was ususally the last man to reach camp. He never hurried. He stopped to get acquainted with individual trees along the way. He would hail people passing by and make the get down on hands and knees if necessary to see the beauty of some little bed of almost microscopic flowers. Usually he appeared at camp with some new flowers in his had and a little piece of fir bough in his buttonhole.

In this image along Rock Creek are Goldenrods, Indian Paintbrush, and Lupine. Best seen when sauntering...

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