John Muir


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side forming high gothic arches, very beautiful when seen looking along the stream. The bridge I first crossed upon was the most richly ornate I ever saw, wild or artificial; a massive log densely plushed to a depth of 6 inches or more with golden mosses and a swath of bushes, mostly young Menzus Sitka spruce, the whole breadth of the log not rank or rough looking but put on as if for beauty only. Some hemlock also with its delicate flat plumes, and a few currant bushes and dogwoods. Beneath bridges so beautiful does this cool wood stream flow and sing, some ferny and flowery also Saxifrage, smilax and Pyrola. Sat on the bulging mossy roots of an old hemlock until 9 o’clock; daylight still lingered and the stillness of the noble wood became yet more impressive. {sketch: 2nd great glacier S.} [Note by sketch: recalled from the loose limbo of memory should the subject chance to be brought up in their hearing; otherwise they probably not be mentioned at all. Even the larger are seen only in short reaches, {cont}.]

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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