John Muir


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Slowly sucked from the mtns [mountains] calling & echoing singing in [chimes] Blessed are they who are so [ ] as to [consider] the Utah Lilies. Golden as sunset clouds, lowly as violets. Every human being would [love] [them ] how few see [them] two lilies on our mtn [mountain] all I’ve seen in Utah & [both] [new] to [me]. Easily described two lvs [leaves] a slender polished stem & our flrs nodding looking down like a botanist Lily creamy sky over the lake. Flrs touching petal to petal the loveliest I ever saw most mtn lilies are tall. The white Sierras the grand [ ] & the [ ] one in Yo [Yosemite] 11 ft high 30 or 40 flrs. Waving rocking higher than the tallest ledges, high as [bushes]. [chaparall] [Should] be called the Lily [R] was of acres on the one mtn side. Liliaceous plants rather rare to the E [east] of the Sierra in the great [basin] in arch of general aridity few [Calochortus] [subalpinus] [or] [sporanthus] [ ] but seldom find a true Lily

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.

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