Thoreau Thursdays (47): Mysterious, Unexplorable, Infinitely Wild, Unfathomable

March 8, 2012

“At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.  We can never have enough of nature.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Feeling the awesome grandeur of the wilderness along the old Alaska Highway

Contemplating the mystery of Exit Glacier, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park

What is wilderness but untamed nature.  Living in the city, I get my contact with nature in small, mostly tamed doses.  This is good therapy.  But touching the untamed wilderness brings a heightened sense of the mystery and hugeness of the universe, a sense of awe tinged with fear.

I’ve traveled to several of the country’s national parks, but none evoked this sense of grandeur quite like my trips to Alaska.  So much of that vast land is still wild and inaccessible.  I felt fortunate that there were a few roads and cruise ships that could take me to the edges of that unexplored wilderness so that I could stand humbled by the spirit of that wildness.

How lucky we are that there are still wild places to stir our hearts and souls.


8 Responses to “Thoreau Thursdays (47): Mysterious, Unexplorable, Infinitely Wild, Unfathomable”

  1. Elisa's Spot Says:

    yayyyyyyyyyy!! My insides went yayyyyyyyyyy! Happy Morning!

  2. garden2day Says:

    Your photos of the Alaskan wilderness give me goosebumps-sheer beauty and such openness!!!!

  3. Chris Says:

    I have a book…”In Search of the Earth’s last Wildernesses” some of which are in Alaska and all of stunning beauty. Even if I never see these places, it makes me happy knowing they are still truly wild!

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thanks for the book recommendation. I found Atlas of Wild Places: In Search of the Earth’s Last Wildernessesby Roger Few at the library. And I put a hold on the book so that I could read it.

  4. Chris Says:

    Yes, the proper title is The Atlas of Wild Places. It’s an older Smithsonian book, so I’m hoping that most of the places listed in the book are still as wild as they were when the book was written.
    Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Renee Says:

    Somehow the words and pictures made me think of how nature tries to reclaim abandoned unused properties/spaces. Mother nature can be very forgiving

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