John Muir


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35 calling all parts of God’s world desert not fitted for our uses Irishmen call deserts countries not adapted to the growth of potatoes So the Hinduo [Hindu] countries not fitted for rice Nature makes no more ado about the desolation of a country than of any fraction of one. Mono is now an icy sea. Now a salt hot lake. Now desolated with fire now with frost now with sunshine Fertile lands made into deserts & Death Valleys & life valleys Death Valleys simply because some Mr. died in them The summits of Sierra are rearded as bleak & covered by eternal snow but it snow only in shade all sunful sides are already 36 flry [flowery] to top Bright vigorous flrs [flowers] grow to very summit Big golden rayed [comp] [glandelar] & full of [rosing] sunshine as tough Mtn pine. Bees too, heavy droning bumble bees an inch long All the peaks flooded with light & all the range resounds with the roar of water like a sea enthusiastic rush of water [at a] sea June 26 1875 All the Sierra streams are [fro] covered in deep overarching snow as also are all the Alpine gl [glacier] lakes. The streams at alt [altitude] of 9,000 ft & upward are just now thawing but about half of the lakes are still frozen & many of the streams are still strongly snow bridged . May safely walk over them

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