John Muir


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drift above the Sierra. All the rest of the sky dome is lighted and a little of the morning purple is still left unburied by the stronger light of the growing day. This place is neither mountain nor plain. It belongs to the band of hills that skirt the higher mountains. The coast range is not visible, neither the high peaks so constantly seen from the level plains. The landscape is open, flowing, undulating hills, colored in autumn yellow and purple -- dotted freely with the low branchy foothill white-oaks and lichen-colored groups of slate slabs erect or leaning like decaying tombstones. Nearly every flower has received its latest portion of life blessings, but continue to make the world beautiful. A few lilies, Lubartia, Brodea, Calichortus, etc. that have a store of food in deep buried bulbs, continue to bloom with a few humble scrophs and clovers along water-courses. [Drawing -- “Camp on Mt. Hoffman”] 14. N.W. 15. Clouds .05. Cool. 15. N.W. 15. Clouds .05. Cool.

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Original journal dimensions: 14 x 18 cm.

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