John Muir


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22 of the world is subject to human senses!

From the death of the five day storm [ending] Jan 22nd to Feb 9th not a breath of storm sky stirred the calm of our Yosemite ceiling [deep blue sky] the [thick] richness of the light of these days recalled [reached] our best [memories of] mellow autumns & [or] springs [days when bluebirds arrive from winter banishment]

22nd Had just a “kinen” of sun 23rd warm & bright cloudless 24 “ “ “ valley spanned by fibrous bows of white cloud, Heated masses of air form currentless ovens of chambered & bushy rocks were lifted by new born winds & borne whole or in fragments about the open gulf of the valley 25 “ “ “ 26 “ “ “ 27 cloudy – hushed & pensive 28 Fine grained soft clouds ab[ ] 29 Winged ants have arrived [arisen from the dead] & are happy in their new existence. Cloudless


30th Warm bright. Creamy light laid on Tissiack for inspection Finely mingled iris matter of [falls] 31st do [ditto] do [ditto]

Feb 1st Deep blue atmosphereic sea without a tingeing shadow or island or barrier of continental cloud- coastless windless tideless 2nd [ditto ditto] 3rd Smoky films of cloud. Dull red at night 4th do [ditto] do [ditto] 5th Alder aments rife “ 7 Sky of a deeper blue than ever slight frost “ 9 Sky equally obscured- half lighted mistletoe spheres becoming more yellow Have a beautiful effect upon the boiling smelling [dark] green of the live oaks 10th A storm commenced today which with but few interruptions continued until[l] the end of the month, the largest & most complicated in kind & structure of all our storms. It was made of all kinds of cloud, all kinds of light & water in

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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