The first gen [winter] snow flakes of the year [visually] [begins] [fall] sets in about the end of in November [Home] September & October are the most tranquil & sunful although light falls not [uncommon] [months] of the year Tho[ugh] the nights are cold crusting still then the unclouded sunshine its shallows with films of ice & whiting the grasses & thick[et] & willow over the brown al [alpine] meadows bathing willow [flower] stalks with crystals of hoarfrost the brown grasses & the orange & crimson thickets of willow & huckleberry along the sides [banks] of the streams sloping the countless spires of the forests. laden with ripe cones Then the grouse are [with] leaving them Joining flocks over the carpets [berry patches] of dwarf [manzanita] to feed on the ripe fruit berries[wh[ich] lies] scattered among the shining leaves as if sown brand [ ] in handfuls The squirrels are gathering the pine cones & the deer with their young well grown feed & bask in the groves by the lakes & tranquil reaches of the streams down in the safe remote canons at the foot of the lofty alps
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 15 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist