John Muir


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12th Snow all day. Separated from storm of 10th by block of wintery sunshine on 11th 13th Transition day 14th V [Very] bright & balmy, Tissiack was ruffed by a hugged cloud upon which her split dome [top] seemed to float gay & warm with yellow light 15 Throbbing with all thats bright & sweet in the mountain transition weather from winter to bland spring 16th A cone tapering to blackness & tipped with rain 17th Dim all day with floating cloud islands. Snow –evening 18th The snow of last evening was [very] soft & very abundant trees were more copiously supplied with this winter fruit than ever before. Never before have I beheld such grandeur of snow clad forest & rock. Pines with branches


Closely drooped, appearing like barbed arrows aimed at the sky Each tree far & near v [very] distinct Blue of sky after sunrise towards the west. More divinely beautiful than I ever beheld on any sky 20. Snow recalled 21st Calm – dim. Gods glory is over all his works written upon every field & sky but here it is in larger letters magnificent capitals These winter days are like the broken heaps of granite rocks at the foot of the falls in a bright day. Light & shade in clear masses lie among the larger tables & blocks, smaller wedges & gravel like the mixed days of checkered clouds & light

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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