John Muir


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10 like worlds from a sun they fly into space in milky ways of lavishness [Then] fall in white flakes feathery & pure as snow ([ ] about last day) This day wore the bluest [vesture] of sky that I have beheld, it was the ordinary mountain blue intensified ten times or more No one could fail to observe it as if the air were steeped in indigo [finely] dyed Yet maintaining sky transparency & tension At evening sun blazed in glorious splendor of purple & thick fiery gold fairly igniting the forests. The most impressive sunset I ever beheld of the still hushed [species]

On head ravines of southwest of lower N fork of San Joaq [Joaquin] slates metamorphic & strangely [veined] & shifted may be well seen at el 6 to 700 ft. Very [instructive] sections here. Domes suggesting Yo Sem [Yosemite] region abound at heart = elevation 8000?

11 There is scarce a human being in existence that would not shout with excitement on seeing the silver fir in campfire sunshine. such towers of [sunful] whorls no tree fern or palm in the world may [rival] it sharp lights & shades every [leaf] seeming filled with still hushed rapt enthusiasm. No meadow plant more glorified or beauty more enhanced or rather manifested than the little alpine calamagrostis Every [speckilet] [verslin] as [sep] flame the marvelous fineness of the glossy stem its elegant curve its floating feathers waving recognition to the new sun. The many [times] [private] [lvs] of Yarrow & [Ivesia] also bring you to knees to gaze at them When a round mead thus centered with fire [ ] “the [beauty] & exalted [novelty] the greatest There is one plant [cast]every leaf [shave]

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