This morning pass many volcanic islands, abounding in well formed craters. Red and black and gray, some curiously streaked and gullied mostly on African coast, a good many on this Arabian side. The most dangerous, or best situated with lighthouses. A few palms and perhaps mangroves seen on low shore, but most are absolutely bald as if the blazing red hot country got no rain at all. Some black lava currents and taluses like scrubby vegetation in distance. Nothing red about the Red Sea. But the mean temperature about the meanest imaginable. This evening no land in sight. The sun at setting vanished, suddenly red, and when quenched was suddenly followed by a blaze of blue and green light of lovely tone. Sky after all
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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