John Muir


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the occupants busying themselves caching blubber of walrus. In the sunshine some of the children enjoyed the luxury of running about naked. Eleven-thirty, a calm evening. The sun has just set, its disc curiously distorted by refraction and light diminished by vaporous haze, so that it could be looked at; glorious crimson and gold with a crisp surface; short wavering jets not long enough to greatly mar the outline; which, though pulled far from the spherical form, was yet symmetrical; horizontal layers of color piled on each other evenly; the whole looking like cheeses of differing sizes laid neatly one on top of the other. Sketched the various phases. It set as a flat crimson cake of dull red. No cloud; only haze, dark at the horizon, purple higher, and then yellow.

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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