John Muir


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78 [brown] woodland slope beyond trees half in shadow. [fine] [brown] of trunks some wholly in light on one side others flecked & mottled Brown [tones] of mead [meadow] sedges grayish green of willow [dark] of alder. Still grayer of huckle [huckleberry] [patches] Compared with walking on dead planks walking on [living] rock while a distinct electric flock [each step] seems to [attend] each [step] the soothing softness of moss [bogs] [brushing] past lily stalks & columbines in ravines – ([ascend] with [ ] generous of) [fly] No danger in the night walking [Senecio] & yarrow dense [masses] [camasia] & [violas] purple striped [lip] [oval] opp [opposite] petals [ ] back tip of [sprurs] seen between short stems [every] hair tipped with dew [Young] [buds] [like ] bill of [gorblings]

79 heart shaped [round] lvs [leaves] side by side with primrose [mimulus] [Dainty] rosette of [liverwort] as if pasted [down] on ground Alpine [clove] white flrd [flowered] Farther out [long] lvs [leaves] of [dodecatheon] & [taller] brown mosses long [stemmed] [Calamagrostis] wave to the faintest breeze [tower] of spiranthes [daisy] like dandelion [spiraling] rushes crooked [stream] black mud [bottom] [bays] of [shadow] promontories of moss [bossy] & rich [lustrous] around crinkled willow the tall crimson paint brush & [Hosackia] [grandiflora] [Helenium] grandii [&] [towering] [mint] spikes. [Brooklime] [running] [stems] [blue] flrs [flowers] lupine & [epilobium] [polygonum] & [ ] [long] lved [leaved] pretty [beds] of galium & tall rue

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.

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