John Muir


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Intensely white & glowing snow fell last night storm cld [cloud] breaking always intensely luminous. Flower in full bloom Washington lily more purple than [north] Pyrola Speraea [ Brodiasa]

Huckleberries ripe. raspberries, blackberries

Apples grow well here also pears, so I am told.

July 13 Shasta glorious in clouds & sunfire – a white crown of filmy satin [fibrous] texture bent down on the summit with delicate touch & adjustment. all the rest of the mtn [mountain] with its massive sculpture fully revealed & standing out in the glowing floods of clear sunshine. All the colors washed in the frequent rains. As the day advanced clouds began to grow on either

side of the [cone] 1000 ft below the summit [then] with up swelling piles of pearly gray on the [outer] ends & creeping [points] & [fringes] at length [found] a ruff or collar separating a large mass of the summit with its glowing glistery snows from the road [forested] [base]. ever changing in bewildering [tones] & forms. Heavy shower in afternoon then clear & glorious sunset with magical changes of light & shade & wafting of fragrance from the piney woods The summit clear with fringes immensely high looming castles in the air but substantial as rock & ice & snow can make them.

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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