The Scottish-born, American-raised, legendary John Muir. I’ve been reading some of his books since last summer and I feel a connection to this man’s perception of nature. If reading is not really your thing, watch the first two episodes of Ken Burns’s 2009 documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea to get an understanding of John’s thoughts.
Additionally, Lee Stetson may also interest you. Born in 1940, he has spent the last few decades studying and portraying John Muir in pursuit of protecting that which John cared for.
John Muir – The Last Oasis is a short film directed by Michael Coleman a Martinez, California native inspired by the writings of naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation John Muir.
Many of the locations featured in the film are authentic to Muir’s life including his home in Martinez, California, northeast of Oakland and Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, California. Muir’s original writings and books were captured from the archives at University of Pacific Library in Stockton, CA which features the world’s largest collection of Muir documents.
John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for nature. Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the u.s. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.
Muir urged people to experience nature so they would be inspired to defend it and save it. Support and defend our wild lands and wildlife for future generations: visit your national parks and support environmental organizations.
John Muir was born on April 21, 1838 and Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.
About the filmmaker:
Michael Coleman is an award winning director and cinematographer. For over fifteen years Michael has focused on making films about audio and music. Michael’s work has been recognized as a top director on Vimeo with 12 of his films selected as Staff Picks cumulating over 3 million views.
Short biography produced by the National Park Service, starring Lee Stetson as John Muir.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.“
~ John Muir