John Muir


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in their dwellings of leaf and flower. Myriads of the most gorgeous butterflies too, all kinds of happy insects seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness. The whole place seems like a centre of life. The dead do not “reign there alone.” It was October (9th) that I first beheld Bonaventure, to me one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I ever met. I was fresh from the green oceans of Canada and western prairies, the garden-like openings of Wisconsin oaks, the beech and maple and oak woods of Indiana and Kentucky, the dark mysterious Savannah cypress forests, but never since I was allowed to walk the woods have I found so impressive a company of trees as the Tillandsia [Drawing - “Live oak Bonaventure Georgia”]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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