John Muir


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76 make ships & houses with trees – if so what the final far upshot will human destruction like those of Natures fire & flood & avalanche work out a higher good a finer beauty – will a better civilization come in accord with obvious nature & all this [to] wild beauty be set to human poetry & song Another [universal] outpouring of [lava] or the coming of gl [glacier] prd [period] could [scare] [wipe] away the flrs [flowers] & [blooming] shrubs than do the [sheep] & what time is coming what is the [human] part of the mtns [mountains] destiny [wild] [gardens] Now a pale [spirit] light over the meadow [trees] bordering in white their trunks clearly [outlined] against the [intense] jet of [shadows] darkness beyond willowlike fringes along [bosses] & a narrow [slot] of meadow all the rest is dark

77 Prince of lunatics health in soft angleless too whoo hoo-hoo sometimes an hour after sunrise. Yell [yellow] flicker & noble pileated wood [woodpecker] will not soon forget visit from [ ] in Maripose G. pileated. Robin [here] Jay not as vocif [vociferous] as East of [plain] [Chaffers] [pleasurely] enough but in screams seems out of tune as if pine needle or butterfly [very] in throat. [linnets] & nuthatches below pecking in moss of trunks fly catchers on tree tops [Silvery] bosoms in [ ] [ ] [wings] black as wood shadows – Then here [tap] a [rap] of woodpecker & presently a hawk sails majestical above all. The first shadows seen across mead [meadow] barred in front [this]

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