John Muir


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22nd Sunny day so sweet so calm so bright Nature is always lovelier on Sabbaths I suppose because of [our] leisure [allows us time] to feel [it] & enjoy [The greater part of all so called civilized people] [though] some seem are proof against [all] the finer influences of Nature [fenced away from them by clumsy & costly structures of rules & formalities] 23rd Warmer, river rising. Falls at that stage of growth which makes the greatest palpable display 24 Five groups of variously shaded cumuli. Thunder & very black cloud toward [South] dome 25 Warm genial days of transition from Spring to [young luxuriant green] summer. Magnificent groups of cumuli rise almost regularly from the summits at eleven o’clock A.M. making a rich background for the fringing trees of the valley rim

41 26th Cumuli at regular hour—a few raindrops fall. These summer days “go on” in quiet magnificence without the presence of any very obtrusive phenomena [on] Yet no period of the year or part of any of the seasons is more delightful & instructive 27th Cum [Cumuli] at reg [regular] hour Fine summer [unit of] luxuriant full grown plants 28th “ “ “ “ 29th Early in forenoon sky covered with black clouds, blue seen only through narrow unsteady seams. Soon a lively fall of hailstones came pattering down [bounding] among flowers & birds & summer insects [like grapeshot from an angry sky suddenly] the sun would break forth at times as if trying to make peace but a storm was determined & the snow followed [came] thick & fast at eleven o’clock [utterly disregardful &] unconscious of [any] cruelty to the plant & insect people [kingdoms] [snow] it fell steadily for three hours whiting the terraces

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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