John Muir


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all forms- snow, hail, mist, coarse rain coming slowly in separate globes or in long slant rods [sticks] of water.

Night darkness would come on suddenly at times which would instantly be removed by thick glowing light poured from a jagged flaw in the black cloud mantle. The snow line would descend suddenly to the meadow then rise in a few min [minutes] to the top(most peaks) of the walls Not only were these storm elements broadly mixed & blended but the rocks and clouds seemed also to mix isolated peaks would loom to most sublime heights & appear to be drawn forward [lean] over the very middle of the valley 12th A most remarkable night of misty foggy moonlight 13th Very constant rain. Flood. Thousands of torrents & slipping streamlets come over the rocks curving & leaping. Pure white like warped & crinkled strips of silver The falls in glorious dress & voice [language]


16th Whole valley in full pomp of snow jewelry 17 A multitude of patient frogs singing lustily in the shallow ponds on the meadow though up to the throat in blue sludge [slush] 18th to 22nd were devoted to clouds & their treasures, rain & snow. 22nd opened in dazzling splendor upon the variously put on garments of snow & ice that enveloped & mantled all the early forms of our valley It was the capital letter of a beautiful chapter [writing] of balmy sunlit days that filled the space lol [between] [reaching] (to) the 22nd of Feb to the [10th] of March. March 1st [Cumulus] banks like additions to mtns [mountains.] Butterflies like flowers drifting in the wind. 2nd South dome grandly capped with cloud warm 3rdd Misty Masses of White upon rocks (Sunny) to 10th. 10th A full hearty day of calm snow storm

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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