John Muir


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[Jan.] 8th. W. W.&S. Cl. dim black .8 Discovered myriads of hepaticas to-day when lying on the ground looking for germinating seeds. [Jan.] 9th. W. S.W. Cl. black .5, cool. Larks - ever blessed, rabbits, mosses and liverworts in throbbing joyful life. [Jan.] 10th. W. S.E. & N.W. by W. v[ery] light. Clouds .25 on large scale, silvery and translucent, few at the sunset, but brilliant crimson and gold. A most soothing, bland, warm day. Larks, the blessed, and the insect people overjoyed. In the forenoon when the sheep were quiet I counted 550 mosses upon ¼ of square inch of rock by a creek side. Visited a pair of Chinamen rocking for gold in one of my pasture gulches. They are patient fellows, easily satisfied. Saw longer light and shade splices upon the mountains than ever before. The blending overlaps were wondrous fine. [Jan.] 11th. Wind variable beyond measure. Cl. ½. A very smooth, clear, open day, bounded by a misty morning and a rainy night. 12 W. N.W. high and cold. After lifting of mist in the morning, clouds none. Bright, blowy, and cold. Discovered an exceedingly small black mushroom on the ground, the head was but 1/8 inch diameter. Great numbers of very handsome purple mushrooms ½ inch diameter are coming to light everywhere. They are about 1 inch in length and concave on top. The plants of these plains may very naturally be divided into two classes, viz. water-loving, semi-aquatic plants, flourishing now in this raininess when all the ground is covered by a film of water - mosses, liverworts, fungi, cresses, etc. and the drier plants maturing their seeds

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