John Muir


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dome & rock & all the falls Tissiack would still form a temple shrine for the worship of the world.

5th Clear Calm Sunful sharp shock earthquake at 7.30 AM. rotary motion tremored the river. Glac [glacial] polish on base of [lowest] Three brothers, Boulder from 2nd [brother] 80 ft long[?] fell today Rose-tinted snow on domes wh [which] rise above the shadow filled valley at the sunsetting like islands [above] in a dark sea Clouds Rest intensely white not yet lost any by avalanche Insects - sporting in free mild air. grass tips growing Acorns of woodpeckers often two or three in a hole sidewise but never bottom formost in a


round hole In drilling holes they sometimes take advantage of cracks & rotten spots

6th Instead of narrowing my attention to bookmaking out of material I have already eaten & drunken I would rather stand in what all the world would call an idle manner literally gaping with all the mouths of soul & body demanding nothing fearing nothing but hoping & enjoying enormously So-called Idle sentimental transcendental dreaming seems [is] the only sensible & substantial business that one can engage in. Fine gentle day, Irised waters & delicate fibrous clouds. Yellow at sunset. The domes warmly mantled with light over their furry snow Picked up pebbles on riverbank wh [which] came from Mt Lyell on the Merced group. [ ] State Found another pair of ouzels, & a kingfisher

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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