John Muir


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Shafts of water [200 feet or more in height]. water shafts 20 ft dia [diameter] standing some of them more than 200 ft in height erect like trees for [4] [hr] or more rigid as trunks of trees roughened & fluted dissolving in side [branches] & sprays at the top steam blown aside by the wind shiny in in the sun against a background of dark [pure]woods hot [showers] falling [on] the [coral] [pannent] some fun shapes issuing from [ ] [slits] in the coral [pannent] with beautiful [radiant] structure the [rainbow/sunbeams] [sifting] thru with irised colors in [rosing] beauty rising & falling night & day in [fancy] rhythm like a dance of witches beneath sun moon & stars, Dancing [wild] & white like ghosts beneath moon & stars Growing up like a plant in a few seconds into the air & light tossing its branches in the wind 1/2 or 1/4 hr then slowly sinking into the dark to the ground again

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist