John Muir in 1907 : image source Wikipedia
John Muir was born on 21st April 1838 in the town of Dunbar in East Lothian. In 1849 his father,a local grain dealer,decided to emigrate with his family to America where John with his parents and seven siblings settled on a farm in Wisconsin. He never returned to Scotland.
Throughout his life he was a man of many talents,farmer,botanist,geologist,explorer,mountaineer,nature conservationist and writer. Today the effects of his pioneering environmental and conservation work continue in the creation of National Parks and Conservation Areas around the world.This Country Park is close to his childhood home and it's very possible that as a boy he explored the beaches I visited.
Writing about his childhood years he said, "When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild.I loved to wander in the fields to hear the birds sing,and along the shore to gaze and wonder at the shells and the seaweeds,eels and crabs in the pools when the tide was low".
Maddy and Louis.......... ready to go!
Scots Pine canopy
Louis on the Coastal Path
River Tyne ,Dunbar is on the far side of the estuary.
The rocks in this area is of great interest to geologists.
Bracken and Brambles (Blackberries)
Potato field outside the Park.
The countryside around Dunbar is rich arable farmland well suited for growing grain
such as barley,wheat and oats.
Below are some views of the East Lothian landscape.
Potato plants in bloom