December 7th Temperature 82°, 8:00 A.M., 87° at 2:00 P.M. Calm. Many flying fish. Cloudy, interesting sunset. Clouds vertical like trees, some picturesque, broad, round-headed like deciduous species, others like conifers, or ringlets always rising from horizontal base clouds, black sooty, assembled in groves and ridge top ranks. December 8th Calm, warm (82° morning and evening). Cloudy all day. Magnificent sunset show of the peculiar black semi-cumulous clouds, full of lightning taking this picturesque forms of artists trees or formal spirey conifers. Crossed “The Line” this morning. (Sketch) Flocks of flying fish, small, perhaps another species. Clouds like pearly shell-lining, glorious show taking every eye. Mr. Husted gave me fine ideal s [deck][chair] December 9th Temperature 82° at 6:30, not quite so calm, a few white caps, poetic. Some squally showers. Dark, almost colorless sunset. Temperature at 9:00 P.M. 82° Showers lower the temperature a degree or two at once, softly, balmily gliding south. New constellations rising nightly. December 10th Temperature at 6:30 o’clock 77°. Dark, drizzly morning. Rainbow in southwest. Cumuli nearly pure white with drifting flecks and blotches of black clouds sending down narrow showers in front of cumuli. Cooler all day. Dull colorless cloudy sunset. Sea calm. No white caps. Water beautiful blue. December 11th Temperature 77° at 6:30 A.M. Small showers falling around horizon, few white caps. P.M. Head wind freshening. Temperature about 80°, cool on breezy deck. Cloudy sunset, light radiating through clouds.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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