[John Muir]


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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2cool woods of the north - made up chiefly of the various species of hypnum, with marchantia jungermania etc in broad sheets & [basses?] where never a dust particle floated, & where all the flowers fresh with mist & spray are wetter than water lilies. In the pool at the foot of the fall there is good trout fishing, & when I was there I saw some bright beauties taken. Never did angler stand in a spot more romantic, but strange it seemed that anyone could give attention to hooking in a place so surpassingly lovely to look at - the enthusiastic rush & song of the fall; the venerable trees overhead leaning forward over the brink like listeners eager to catch every word of their white refreshing waters; the delicate maiden hairs & aspleniums with fronds outspread gathering the rainbow spray, & the myriad of hooded mosses every cup fresh & shining."01366


S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1889 Jul 14


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0181

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