John Muir


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68 pin needles & empty [brown] [burrs] through [mazes] of chap [chaparral] bays & inlets through wh [which] only skilled mountain finds ways the great Cal [California] [Buzzard] [sailing] whirling over game a deal sheep or [bear] shot by the hunter & lost [by him] Go where we will we hear the sound of dropping cones the [harvest] of the sq [squirrel]? Around the pines & firs the brown [heaps] of [nibbled] [corn] scales & purp [purple] seed [wings] here & there they are [gnawed] [into] shreds by bars. A [whig] & a [swoop] as of a bolt from heaven, we look & see a hawk pouncing on buzzard The [forest] opens & a grey dawn rises into the sky [sun] [change]

69 There the grand wide open basin of [Mt] Fresno with [ ] trees – spiny firs, & yl [yellow] pine outstretched sugar p [pine] & [on] a hill the kingly [sequoias] the sound of rushing water cascades [mazing] ceaseless into the sea We come upon the highways & byways of [deer]. Young sqs [squirrels] watch curiously. If [you] cannot see the sqs [squirrels] don’t go to seek them, but bide a wee, & they will come, perchance on their own errands or from sheer curiosity, You hear a strange note of questioning wonderment & lo there he is gazing with fearless eyes. A moment more & he darts upon you, running accross [across] your legs if you have the nerve to be motionless electrifying like a shock of lightning. The most majestic of all what

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