John Muir


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5th Snow mostly removed from valley floor but untouched at a small well defined height on the walls. Stream gorged with sludge. 6th Bright meeting of sky flowers & earth flowers ended. Snow flowers withered & have returned to the sky as shortly will the violets & lilies return to the earth.

Discovered handsome long spurred blue violet! Cheerfully glinting forth upon a hillock in the meadow from decayed snow & weeds.

7th Warm Bright & Springy Cushions of white cloud cumulating upon slope of Starr King 8th Warm Balmy mists & rain droppings 9th v [Very] Springy, flowers born every hour 10th Spring genial gushing balmy in all the sky & in every sound & song. Falls in glory that exciteth. Caverns & arched openings in the falling column


Saw & heard things of unwritable grandeur at the [base] of upper falls—Plant life rapidly maturing 11th Warm mild thermom[eter] 70° [degrees] shade noon Magnificent craggy cloud on dome 12th Heavy rain during night changing to snow all summer destinations of flowering & flowerless in morning, accompanied with v [very] high winds, plants leveled, all equally polypetalous 10 in [inches] snow at noon Snowing tonight Complete unmitigated winter although [not] less than 20 plants are in flower. Brier rose in leaf, also wild cherry, willows in flr [flower]. 2 violets , [manzanita] gooseberry, 3 crucifers etc Spring symmetrical with reference to flowers Birds & clouds, etc

12th Changeable. Ground cloud display. In the afternoon upper falls poured out of a cloud at the head into a cloud at bottom. Splendid array of dark & white cumulocirrus clouds upon rocks from three brothers to Ind [Indian] [canon]

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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