42 bands of dwarf oaks on the mountain sides of the valley & so loading the willows & briers that they were bent to the ground Thus balmy generous summer days are split into clumps & abruptly cut sections by cold icy snowy days of harsh favored storm Men will say that the Lord manages but heartlessly with his [sweet] mountain gardens but where in the most level equable climates is there more of tender healthy celestial beauty. Where can plant creatures of purer spirituality & sweeter cheerier tempers be seen in all the world. These “storm” [y] days are instruments by which work of cheerful hopeful immortal beauty is accomplished 30 “ cold rather cloudy – a little rain about mid-day 1st June “ “ “ 2nd Warmer cloud banks & islands of heavy smoky kind abundant today but no rain Many flowers going to seed.
43 3rd warm straight forward general summer with its thousand processes of beautys creation in full but unostentatious activity 4th Warm & bright. Small thunder showers at mid day 5th do do [ditto ditto] 6th do [ditto] No rain v [Very] hot 91° in shade noon Here Summer seemed to be content, full of [all] the ripe summer beauty & joy [that the summer of any land could accomplish] Young birds are [were] tasting life in every grove The happy myriads [gran ocean] of summer flying insects shaking all the air into music [flowed on with amazing power] & hundreds of flowers have [had] ripened & planted their seeds & all seem [seemed] to be ready for the [sear] & yellow leaf but the end is [was] not yet for the [these] remaining segments of sunny June are [have] developed a glory that excelleth A glory seldom seen by mortal eyes
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist