John Muir


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ab 5 to 10 ft h, Cowania? Ab [ ] Cercocarpus brush, some on plat 8 in dia, Mahonia berberis, holly leaved like bush, and prickly compound leaf [sketch]not rare. Largest stems rough grey bark 3 in dia; Gooseberry? Hop hornbeam; 2 sp Yucca agave, low and high slender 3 sp cactus, largest 2 or 3 ft h; common prickly pear; others egg-like, desperately spiny. Sarcobatia bush comp green stems 8 to 10 ft h; 2 sp willows, 15, 20 ft h, one with wooly lves and stems, lves 2, narrow, slender. Dwarf matted spiraea and brush spiraea with bi-pinnate lves. Millefolina, daisy, henchera, carspilosa or saxifrage. Tall slender grass at Ind Garden with the willows, 10 ft high, silky panicles, engonum, gilia, Bigloria, artemenu. Windy at night and moving early. Cloudy with sprinkling of snow. 18th Lovely purple morning, calm slight frost-hoar on boards. Lovely light at dawn; sunrise pale purple, shadows creeping out from innumerable cliffs and towers, colors deepening until towards noon when they become dull and the whole scene wonderfully less attractive; less divine. Strange that anything so ruinous as these crumbling towers should by influence of light and regularity of lines of waste-channels of transportation be made to appear as finely finished architecture. The picture writing on the limestone cliffs, cave walls protected from weather, is remarkably bright in color (red) as if freshly done ; deer, antelope, wild sheep, etc. and lines zigzag, coiled, etc. Like those of Utah and Nevada. The river in gorge of granite, even now that it is very low, is still muddy; a dirty brown in black

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