John Muir


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5th v [Very] warm. Spring advancing among her work of flowers & bugs with very rapid strides. The oaks are most gloriously tasseled & colored. I do not remember having ever observed so many shades of purple & yellow in the young leaves [leafage] of oaks, (Quercus Sonomemsis) There is much that is tranquil & joyous side by side & blending with the vast sublimity of rocks & waters In what is termed awful stupendous terrific furious raging savage ungovernable etc There is no equal order & tranquility with the smoothest lowland landscapes & genial climate [sweetest & calmest of powers and places] 6th v [Very] warm. Falls in [Yet] deeper power & glory 7th Flowers coming in troops. Many close companies now. Water louder than ever. Meadow like a Florida swamp. Magical reflections of valley walls in the pools of meadow after sunset. 8th Very warm 80° soon after sunrise water very high. falls booming, visitors coming to see. 9th “ “ “ “ A few clouds 10. v [Very] hot, Water increasing

37 11th v [Very] hot. [Bug] beetle fly & flower life in fervid throbbing activity Snow on the mtns [mountains] melting [very] fast River over its banks 12 Magnificent [Banks of] cumuli rising over [distributed among] the upper rocks. Oak leaves about full size & drooping & waving gracefully as if they had been trained to those exercises for years. Flowers trooping on now in uncountable ranks 13th Cooler, navigation of the meadow suspended. 14th “ “ “ “ “ 15 Snow! Cold copious driven snow hurled at times through the gaps of the valley with the velocity & noise of the loudest storms of winter but mostly falling [coming] slowly [down] in big flakes that [&] daintily took [taking] their places on the trees & [upon the] brilliant companies of shrinking flrs [flowers] I never before witnessed so square & flat a meeting of winter & summer flowers. It is not

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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