John Muir


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8 the banks of [river] show that the roots of Carex & Equisetum reach to bottom of sand & sediment into the lake gravel. Cross section of Equisetum [sketch] Sedges already budded ready to arise & flower. 7th Big Yellow butterfly flopping steadily up the valley as if going on Some(where) definite errand. [This fact enable us to form some idea Concerning] the quality of a fine illustration of our January sunshine Fine mild day, the falls irised & gently swayed & edged above with rockets [Dames] Clothed upon with Light as garments.

8th Very delightful day of Sunshine of that warm as well as bright kind that calls butterflies from there coffins & [mottles] the air 9

with humming wings The meadow willows are full of the intentions of Spring their buds are swelling & some that I examined showed (had) the infant [catkin] close wrapped in silk down (to be sure but ready for the spring resurrection yet perfect [in] its parts) Grass too is growing green in the warm Sand Slopes of Indian [Canon] & the Manzanita flower buds race [ ] are near an inch in length The rapids of the river Spangle with ineffable brilliancy flashing for the forms of every peeble of [river] beds & [living]. Long [coherent] tresses stream from the bushes & tall mnt stalks & float free in air in astonishing abundance, Winter is not a whit less tender & lovable than summer! Found Charcoal in river bank section of Shallow [lacustrine] deposit Also a small [wee] cave(let) with a few

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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