John Muir


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Glacial patch on W division of Glacier Point rocks. At spring overshadowed by large maple ferns etc 5p yds from road walls comes to level of floor not polished by grooved Lemon May 22. 1875 Aged 58. Born in Virginia. Sug P very fine in Grouse creek basin - 1500 ft El coming out of valley Detritus slopes below El Capitan. Bloched surface uncovered by roadside coming out of valley. Hazel on way from Wawona to Yosemite. “A whole universe of radiant beauty and limpid purity yo reveal in” Brooded by the great solemn night. It is along the calm shore that the rocks are thickest. The dangers lie, and to avoid real danger we must push out into the heart of the storm, seeking safety where the danger seems greatest - like mariners at sea. The thin shining veil of the northern lights waving streaming and fading “ere you can point the place” Soothing odor of balsam-boughs piled deep for woodland beds genuine perfume of the land of Nod” In July the lilies are ringing the high noon hour of summer. J.M. Up one river to its very fountains and down another far in the deep heart of the forest. J.M. At Wawona the countless posts of the forest aspiring in boundless irrepressible triumphant exuberance of beauty. Every shining needle thrilling and singing in the wind like a harp string with the falling steams which are like cataracts of color. J.M.

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Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.

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