John Muir


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(Drawing marked “Moon as it rose above tree-tops at Harriman Meadows, Snake River, Idaho, Aug. 1913”) Fine drive down the river in the evening-fine cool spring. Thursday, 19th. Foggy until sun was hour high-then clear, infinitely calm, peaceful, restful, charming away every regret and care; sparkling spangles on the river ripples; grass on the great meadows, every leaf laden with irised dew-drops, each an eye with all the landscape-every tree, bush, leaf, and flower, mountain, hill, meadow, in sight pictured with all its colors in each crystal mirror. Drive to old mill. A few Douglas spruce, scrawny, 5 miles from camp. Wednesday, 20th Aug. Glowing silver fog at sunrise. River sparkling, shimmering. Not a breath of wind, not a cloud or faintest wisp or hint of cloud in all the sky. Heavy dew. At 9 a.m. drive N. up the great meadows to Big Springs and Henry Lake, 2 miles long. Many islets. Noble mountains, grandly sculptured. Moraines 500 ft. high. Many springs watering thousands acres of aspens. Twenty or thirty hay meadow farms around the glacier Henry Lake. Grass of many species in lavish abundance in the meadows and through all the Lodge Pole forests everywhere. A few Douglas spruce and Englemann spruce along the banks of the broad, clear, shallow, gravely bottomed river. Luncheon at Big Springs. Rich algae vegetation in the cool streams, camass on drier meadows. Asters and goldenrods, many species habenaria, gentiana simplex. Frasera dry, gone to seed, common in open woods and parks. (Sketch) Stopped at Lake (P.O.) E. side of the Lake. Mr. Sherwood a remarkable man—hotel and storekeeper, farmer, inventor, millwright, photographer, taxidermist, naturalist, with telling collection of birds and mammals. Thursday, 21st. lovely morning, cloudless as usual. Fine view of lake and mountains from foothill back of barley field and potato patch. Barley nearly ripe.

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