John Muir


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next spring, for they will be frozen while fresh, and be good as now in May or June for the birds to feast on after their far journey from the South. Streams here and there and small pools, to reflect the sky. In the morning we visited Puffin and Chamisso Islands, the former well named, as it is covered with puffins on the rocky sides as well as over the top in holes dug into the sod. They are queer birds, parrot beaks red at tip as if dipped in blood, colored like autumn leaves, and the rest yellow. The feet red, back black, belly white, white ring about the neck and stripes on side of head. A few Kotzebue gulls also, the young able to fly, Million tame, and awkward in gestures. Chamisso, fine tundra top, abundance of cranberries, crowberries, huckle, etc. Sides caving as if icy, visited astronomical station

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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