John Muir


[Asa] Gray


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[2]half dozen of new species for that generous [illegible] ing wh you propose Did I tell you that our wee primula grows upon the Hoffman Range a few miles west of Mt Hoffman & also on the E slope of the Sierra, between Mts Lyell & Ritter? Here are a few plants wh I wish you would name for me, Our winter is very glorious. January was a block of Solid [illegible]gold not of the thin frosty kind but of a quality that called forth butterflies & tingled the fern coils & filled the moorstide with a dreamy hum of insect wings On the 15th of Jan I found our big Phacelia in full [3]bloom on the N side the valley about 1000 feet above the bottom or 5000 above the sea. Also at the same sunny nook several bushes of [:Arctoslaphylos glanea?] were in full flower, & many other plants were swelling their buds & breathing fragrance showing that they were full of the thoughts & intentions of Spring This month up to present date has been profusely filled with snow About ten feet has fallen on the bottom of the Valley since the 30th of Jan Your [ Prunulas?] on Clouds Rest must be covered to a dept of at least 12 or 15 feet I wish you could see our pines in full bloom of soft snow, or waving in Storm


Yosemite Valley

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1873 Feb 22


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Reel 02, Image 1065

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