S[amuel] S. Shull


John Muir


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LAW OFFICES OFSAMUEL S.SHULLGERMAN-AMERICANBANK BUILDING[TOP FLOOR]3ST. JOSEPH. MOwhile one may stand on a mountain peak and look toward the sun and behold the "glory of God". using Moses term, at that same time one below the summit or on the plain below might look in vain for the phenom? To the one on the peak looking to the east the whole plain would seem bathed and filled with crimson or purple light, the one down on the plain could look about him and see noth ing unusual? Is that right? I was on Tamilpais and on Mt Lowe and saw no alpenglow. That was last summer. I think they never present the spectacle. Is it not your observation that it is to be seen only from peaks that rise above the timber line". I observe that you saw it from a point below the top of Ritter. But were you not above the timber liner from the top of Ritter did not the glow seem stronger than from the lower heights?ST.When one below beholds the peak at sun rise, it seems to be on fire - the peak seems to be on fire. Now if he were standing in that fire or glow and looked out thereof he would be looking through a colored atmosphere and all beyond the zone of colored light would partake of that color just as when one looks thru a piece of colored glass, all beyond the glass partakes of the color of the glass. The sun's rays reflecting and refracting from the bare rocks give rise to the glow. The rocks must have some color to them and be above timber line in order to do their work unhampered by any growth. One could take in his pocket several small04536


St. Joseph, Mo.

Date Original

1909 Jun 28


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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