John Muir


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is forced into a narrow tortuous lane it is very nearly passive being deprived of power by isolation from the main current Many instances of this death of ice in Cans above Yo In general. the narrower a Can bottom is the less it has been polished & pressed & enlarged only water streams are greatly influenced in action by fissures 24th Half bright 25th Half bright abundance of white & gray & black & irised clds wandering hither & thither far out [in] over the summit of the range & around the valley. walls Tissiack veiled 26 Bright-balmy, windy at night, the falls gloried with iris, on the black rocks E of lower fall, the Changing winds Spread a fabric of irised spray . in color [exquisite] fine &


pure as ever [ ] the lips of [a] shells, . Thus the [savage] black rock is known by the company it keeps & clothes it wears to be [unsavage] pure Divine , & in all the blackness of the world moral & material there is a mantle more or less variable & visible of beauty Strange that the falls ([Comety]) waters should shoot [meer] through [somets] & booming thunderbolts so gorgeous a storm of Color without halting or swerving in gait or speed Once I saw the fall halted by a wind upon wh it poured & bulged [flat] out as if falling [faintly] upon a floor, might one may do likewise upon this iris Cloud 27th Very Sunful & springful insect wings abundant as blades of grass Ouzel Singing with increased vigor [& persistency] as the stream music [music] increases

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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