John Muir


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Dec 20th.

The valley is calm & sunful & winter delayeth his coming. The sky is cloudless bonnie tender blue & rosy light comes lovingly to all the valley world. No snowstorms have yet come. We receive no storms of snow or pine [ ] bending winds. The falls scarce whisper. The river sleeps currentless in smooth mirror pools. The brown meadows rest beneath far reaching shadows cast from the dry gray walls. The great domes bathe dreamily in the fathomless sky & the whole weather is simple dayfuls of light. Snow began to fall Dec 1st lasted 8 days?

Yosemite Valley January 1st 1873 The December just completed [& past] was 3/4th sunshine 1/4 tranquil continuous rain, & this evening finds Yosemite filled with low heavy [ ] sunken clouds that are giving rain as if their fountains long [broken] open were inexhaustible. 2d Day of subdued cloudfiltered light with a few gleams of free sunshine. Falls were grandly frosted. & for a few minutes in the morning were gloriously irised. This evening, more rain

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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