The gatefold of Canned Heat’s 1970 album Future Blues contains a vertical photo of the band in the Redwoods and an essay by singer Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson titled "Grim Harvest" which ends with a plea to save the trees through his Music Mountain preservation society. “Walking through this forest is an experience unique on earth. Here the sun’s rays are intercepted three hundred feet and more above the ground and are broken into tiny shimmering beams which descend among the towering pillars to play, at length, on the forest floor. Fern and wildflower bathe in the soft glow of a thousand muted spotlights which flicker on and off as the trees’ upper boughs sway majestically in a gentle wind.” Wilson’s affinity for nature extended to his touring habits with the band. Instead of sleeping in hotels, Blind Owl preferred to roll out his sleeping bag in nearby fields and spend the early morning hours collecting samples that he’d stuff in a huge botany book that he traveled with.
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