John Muir


Mrs. [Jeanne C.] Carr


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00529 [6]repeated & covered with a close sheet of snow flowers. Some mosses grow luxuriantly upon the dead generations of their own species The common snow flowers belong to the sky & in storm are blown about like ripe petals in an orchard, they settle on the ground. the bottom of the atmospheric sea like mud or leaves in a lake. & upon this soil - this field of broken sky flowers grows a luxuriant carpet of crystal vegetation complete & ripe in a single night. I never before knew that these mountain snow plants were so variable & abundant forming such bushy clumps & thickets & palmy ferny groves -[7][in margin: Squirrel is at my knee She says [illegible] Mrs Carr to come here tomorrow & tell her to bring her little boy when she comes If you will come she says that she will [illegible] you to the falls & give you lots of flowers]wading waist deep I had fine opportunities for observing them but they shrink from hum- an breath - not the only flowers which do so - evidently not made for man. neither the flowers composing the snow which come drifting down to us broken & dead, nor the more beautiful crystals which vegetate upon them. - A great many storms have come to the mtns since I passed them & there can hardly be less than ten feet at the altitude of Tamarac & towards the summit still more. The weather here is balmy now & the falls are glorious Three weeks ago the thermom'- at sunrise stood at 12° -



Date Original

[1871 Mar]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0393

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Page 4


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