John Muir


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Wear a grayish brownish tinge in the [foreground]. Then black then dark blue.

It is only on small patches where landslips have occurred that a bright grass green is seen & in small patches near the edge of the water where willows & maples dogwoods & the large [leaved] Rubus Nutkanus may show themselves.

When a storm is coming in white mist clds [clouds] [wreath] [the] tops gradually settling down over the lower islands & darkening the air.

On the breaking up of a rainstorm [flurry] rolls & shreds of pure white mist lighted by the sun may often be seen lodged between the different islands & [branded] rounded [ridges] of the mainland bringing them forward & defining them with their different tones in a [charming] order fine hazy gold at sunset.

The woods rapidly change [in] [size] inland chiefly because of change in the rock & [altitude] wherever can get grip on slaty rock however steep they grow. When smooth gl [glacier] bosses moss forms sod needles fall & soil particles then trees grow & when large over [topple] in one sod then reformation of moss, [sod] etc.

In Stickeen Canon [Canyon] [Granite] Yosemite many have [placed] ava [avalanche] support bush [covered] nothing that could be called

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15.5 cm.

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