Summit Valley in Summer from the previous page
"There is a sense of freedom, and the step becomes elastic and quick under the new feeling of self---ownership. Love for all created things fills the soul as never before. One listens to the birds as to friends, and would fain cultivate with them a close intimacy The water-fall has a voice full of meaning. The wild-rose tempts the mouth to kisses and the trees and rocks solicit an embrace. …The spirit worships in an ecstacy of reverence. This is the Madonna of a religious without dogma, whose creed is writing only in the hieroglyphics ob beauty, voiced only in the triple language o of color, form, and sound…..Plunge into the unbroken forests- into the deep canons; climb the high peaks; be alone awhile, and free. Look into Nature, as well as at Nature, so that the enjoyment shall be not merely sensuous but intellectual."
From Summering in the Sierra Pt. I 1874 Overland Monthly and Outwest Magazine