John Muir


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22 V [Very] warm 23 Small batches of rain 24 V [Very] warm 25 Birds, bats & butterflies in fervent motion. Cloud on Tis [Tissiack]. Snowslides from S [South] Dome like falls. Falls striking louder notes Spring 26 Rain 27th V [Very] warm. Purple gooseberry in flr [flower] with two other species Falls in high dress & music, glistening with beads extending down curve of brow. Bright & dim days coming suddenly or upon long gradual slopes of light & darkness. Cloudy light on dome light streaming from seams in clouds 28th Winds speak language of flowers They are coming, four or five arrived


29th Flowers & flower winds & spring balm. Falls in spring costume, [webby] mists bent & bordered with meteors 30 v [Very] warm 31st Cumuli about dome & Starr King April 1st v [Very] warm, column of falls arched & draped 2 Falls most gloriously out-spread & bent by winds, rain at night 3rd Cloudy & cool 4th 10 inches snow all day fell in cold copious winter earnest. Now at evening there stands on rock & meadow, tree & weed as ripe & full & perfect a harvest of snow flowers in this April as I ever beheld in the stormiest & most opaque days of midwinter The streams are full of sludge dim blue like [the substance] cirrus clouds

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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