When I saw that my local public broadcasting station was airing a short documentary about Aldo Leopold, I excitedly set my DVR to record the show. I forgot about it, but recently found it buried under long lists of shows, and after finally viewing it, I am so incredibly glad I did.
The film is a beautiful tribute to Leopold, and I learned so much more about him than I knew before (which really wasn't all that much, but still...). Leopold's eloquent writing, innovative thinking, extraordinary land ethic, and inspirational messages for generations to come were and still are truly remarkable.
If you're interested in the documentary, visit http://www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/.
“I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.”
“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel.”
Above: a photo I took at sunset in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Above: a photo I took in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest.