John Muir


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sort of doubtful motion at the mouths of holes. These uncertain twinklings proceed from crickets as they suddenly retreat to the bottom of home; also from squirrels and skim-fields -- go-quicks, as the small lizards are called. 23. N.W. 6. Clouds .05. 24. N.W. 7. Clouds .05. Warm, bright. Saw wonderful effect of setting sun in sheep’s eyes. Eyes appeared like green blazing gems. The flock was inverted as it filed home, in a shallow [ ]. 25. N.W.5. Clouds 01. Warm balmy. Four flowers born to-day, coiled fragrant myositis, yellow Comp. in Twenty Hill Hollow, violet like Scroph, and a very minute rock flower. 26. N.W. 8. Clouds absolutely 0. in forenoon. The ground squirrels, having found easy tunneling in a soft stratum of one of the hills of Twenty Hill Hollow, have bored it round and round. It is curious to observe them standing bolt upright in a row watching the movements of my dog. They shout excitedly, “Seekit seek, seek seekit,” of which I don’t know the meaning or whether meant for one another or for the dog. 27. N.W. 3. Clouds .001. Very hot. Sunset glorious in purple clouds melted into films. When this forenoon I was sitting upon the brow of Twenty Hill Hollow I was startled by the swish of wings and by the sudden outcry of my dog Fanny. An eagle had swooped upon her, though she was close to my heels, and I suppose mistook her for a hare. 28. S.E. 5. Clouds .05. March 1st. S.E. 6, Clouds.10. There are now about eight plants in bloom in Twenty Hill Hollow, colored in sections like a map. 2nd. S.E. 8. Clouds .75. Warm. 3 or 4 flowers. Serrated ridge of cloud upon coast mountains at sunset. Air balmy, transparent, and delicious. 3rd. S.E. 5. Clouds 05. Saw horned toad to-day. Butterflies and polished beetles coming out every day. 4. S.E. 7, Clouds .05. 2 or 3 flowers. Flower ranks deepening. Poppies and sweet portulaccas have come, and multitudes of insects. 5. N.W. 7. Clouds 75. 2 flowers. 6. N.W. 7. Clouds 05. Ants labor in earnest.

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