John Muir


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28 Bright balmy Springful 29 Not a cloud in the bright & windless sky 30th Snow all day 8 in about 3PM. Storm swept up valley with great Force & steadiness. Flakes seemed to go on without a thought of alighting. The meadows boundless plains. Not a rock to be seen, Observed an ouzel in the ripples of the river dipping & feeding & singing (with) giving no heed (knowledge of) to the storm. 31 This morning 1 foot snow mostly snowily inclined all day. A few narrow minutes of sun, 10.30 PM Snowing fast, Sunshine weeks & snowshine weeks placed [in] close [juxtaposition] together (to teach us the identity of their origin)


Feb 1st 1873 2 feet snow fell last evening. Still snowing all day & this eve. Calm. Air full of snow as if coming (lavishly) from inexhaustible fountains. snow damp [wet] at the bottom of the val therefore clogged & aggregated on all kinds of foliage & branches & old stumps & rocks. About from ten AM to 3 O’clock avalanches v ab [very abundant] booming grandly but seldom seen on account of continual snow Snow lies in largest masses (up)on flat [fronded] branches of firs the mounded close foliage of the live oaks (Also) (on) & the pines whose tassels are bent together & welded by the snow. Ouzel in favorite feeding grnd. [Dive] 19. [trns] 40 sec. would not cease singing or feeding for earthquake. water of rapids full of [tones] identical with those of ouzel when they flow under a muffling snow bank

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December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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