John Muir


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saw such lofty foam splashes, pure white in the sunlight. Porpoises also were in numerous droves. A considerable number of fishermen on the foamy sea on rafts with sails, six or eight miles from the shore, now appearing, now vanishes, on waves and between them. A boat also braving the rough sea. Land in sight all day. The shore low and tawny with sand dunes. Sun-glove red ball with three or four diameters of the horizon, changing thus as it sank low in a dense cloud bar. October 1. Arrived at Pernambuco before daylight. Entered harbor a little after 6:00 A.M. Delightful breezy day. A long sea wall, built on a reef composed of broken coral and sand a mile or more long, which enclosed a narrow harbor of equal length. Waves breaking outside. Very picturesque. A broad belt of beautiful green water, contrasting with the deep blue beyond it, caused, no doubt, by

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