John Muir


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18 the more delicate Yellow & purple of willows & brown sheets of last year’s pteris & Yellow of the meadow itself. 15th Bright calm crystal day full of peace & hope & life. the sunny (Sunful throughout &) air tingling with infinite wing beats (Calm also abundance) of newborn insect people of flies). Laurel flrs open. (White headed wood-pecker, a red spot on back of head) 16th Mild sunful. Moraine upon W lip of Indian Canon forming [spray] Also Roches Moutonees [Moutonnees]. 17 Bland, warm flies abundant fly people in merry dancing hosts keeping Nature busy 18 V [very] warm & sunful 70 [degrees] in shade. 19th V [very] warm & sunful long cobweb streamers adorning the dead ferns & golden rods & flying

19 loose in the air to a great height. Insects daily increasing in numbers & [abundance] vigor, a glad wonderful multitude 20, Butterfly, sunny balmy air molted with insects, buds swelling And all sounds & sights & smells more than half belonging to summer. 21 Yet more balm & sun Water Ouzels very songful 22 Unvarying Sunfulness This Cluster of January days so balmy & so bright is a winter summer Butterflies know no better than to come forth in search of flowers 23 A few fibrous brushes of white cloud too transparent to materially impoverish the (persistent) sunshine “Cracks” would not be of any controlling power in the formation of Yosems [Yosemite] because [when] the bottom of an ice[stream]

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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