John Muir


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the falling of a last hesitating flurry [of snow] upon sprouting grass [flats] & early violets but a steady [thick] heavy majestic high mannered snowstorm falling unto summer verdure of the richest luxuriance of fern fields miles in extent & should high, banks of ceanothus in full flower & leaf. Wild cherry also & a hundred other flowers & meadows of sedges & grasses gone to seed 16th Snow & rain all day. Frost 17th Cold & cloudy with occasional showers. Many ferns & tender leaves frost killed 18 Cloudy & changeable cold, water quite low. 19th Magnificent display of white clouds [over &] in [all] the valley & over it [Rain in] small showers all day Snow up on [mountains] Snow line about two thousand [feet] above valley 20 “ “ “ “ “ “


21st Warmer, fine banks of cumuli [one] a grand cloud cap [of] settled [down] [up]on the Dome encircling it like a collar. The bald gray top clear [& naked] in the bright light The falls spread in most indescribable magnificence allowing the light to penetrate to the very deepest recesses of its ever changing long tailed [webbed] meteors The pulse of plant life beats high as ever – flowers seem to have already forgotten the snow & frost & perhaps [doubtless] are all the happier for it [Part of all] These beautiful days must [remain with me] enrich [ing] all my life. [Those atoms sheets oceans of beauty divine] They do not exist as mere pictures-- maps hung upon the walls of memory to brighten at times when touched by [the] association or will [as by the force of] & sink again like a landscape in the dark but they saturate themselves into every part of the body & live always

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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