62 5 PM Now on old brown log in glorified with [every] [ ] [glare] 2 bars of [mellacus] spirit light shot up the meadow both margins in shadow hushed scare a panicle stirring here & there a willow tuft in glow against the gray shade One grand promontory of first full in light their low branches clad in yel [yellow] lichen Most glorious yel [yellow] green farther back [from] trunks flecked & on N [north] side one young pine transfigured with all the rest in shade [Tamias] frisking now near now retired & mounted the top of stake – calmly [waiting] & [listening] a big [cone] falls near with heavy tread but has heard that & knows it well enough
63 Now the woodcock clucks but [heard] that & the woodpecker [tap] a [rap] [etc.] [but] for the least strange & he listens [curiously] attentively. [sound] Townsend Tamias [move too or forge & he] runs out on meadow getting leaves & seeds A few rays slant into the shadows [amber] deep [amber] Now the highest tops of the trees are in sight but far up the mtn [mountain] the slopes are [still] steeped in thick unshiny purple [ ] & we think of the alpin-glow yet farther beyond inspiring the [snowy] alps. A few moments later the day is done & all is changed to dull gray [ ] [ ] grows the twilight & all the colors are lost. The [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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