John Muir


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24 So no difference in flowing under feathers of ouzel heeds not the roar of avalanches. The heavy masses of snow from banks & trees, constant upspringing of willows & pines. [Jays] as if a piece of melting ice in throat around berries Eag on dead Libo allowing snow to collect on shoulders woodpecks under side Oak limbs on knots passing time saying little, few complimentary nods on meeting. Exhilarating effects of snow ever in picture, In old [Scot]. Great Scope of variety in Yosem Seasons (All things on grand scale Delta of Ind Can favorite abode of the birds Slopes to sun.


2nd (Morning) Still snowing Steadily & fast. rocks capped grandly [entablatured] in three marking days of storm pines gloriously loaded & massed. grand caves of darkness with bits of brown trunk corniced. jubilee of snow [ ] Decending ceaselessly from the fields of light when living in bonnie Scotland more exhilarated with coming down of snow than with the springtime fragrance of the hawthorne hedges or the overflowing abundance of the glorious song [skymusic melody] of the laverock [lark] & [mavis] & the unmistakeable gentleness is patent to every child (Noon) A few transient gleams of sun from blue gaps in the clouds wh mostly continued [thru] snowfall without paying regard to the light (Night) 11PM still snowing Friday snow avalanches from rocks & also from trees

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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