John Muir


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Evening of July 28th 1877 off the coast [approach] Monterey milky way glowing in the dark a ribbon the width of the ship, edged with diagonal flashes from the waves that slant off from the bows. These seemed to dart like meteors or wiggle like fishes The froth made of foambells glowed with steady unremitting phosphoric light [things] there on pure clear shining stars flashing or burning steadily singly or plainly grouped in brilliant constellations. These stars when beneath the surface shine with pearly gray [diaphorus] light pulsing masses outside the [beaten] way. way of fire a living way. Every way living all the world one beauty- on land or sea, in dark or light, mountain or plain Have seen yet [ ] sea fire in the gulph of Mexico, yet the [silver] [seen] tonight was intensely [impressive] as if no higher beauty of its kind could possibly be

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.

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