John Muir


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Sunday, Aug 29th, 1880 In a north storm of wind & rain, half sheltered back of a Menzies Sp [Spruce] in the corner of the woods at the left end of the great Icy Bay gl where it is falling in cascades over granite bluff 500 ft high. Am sitting on a yellow plush of moss that covers all the ground, rising in mounds over prostrate logs & stumps & up in the wave like surges against & about the spreading roots of all the trees. It is damp, but not very uncomfortable, for I am warm with climbing & sheltered from the cold wind. The forest is not very dense, but so close that you can’t see far trunks gray with usnea and scale liverworts and yellow with mosses. The foliage warm yellow. The gl on the right terminates in bluffs & cascades at base, blue caves and hollows between the pillars & towers & [battlement] a lake at the foot of the cliffs seen through the trees those next the ice over bent & being carried away] & ground to papery pulp beyond the white gray of the storm over the bay blinding above with the [even]

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Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.

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