I don’t recall which tv show it was … either “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” or a program about the production of that series. But I spent an hour or two enthralled by spectacular photography and natural wonders before the program closed with this quotation from John Muir:
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
It is always sunrise somewhere, and it will come again here as well. Hope does indeed spring eternal. Not only hope, but a renewed determination that these wonders, this beauty, this Earth absolutely must be preserved for ourselves, our descendents, and our very survival.
Image: Sunrise in the Yosemite Valley