John Muir


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26 3d blinks of sun about midday but generally cloudy & snowy. 4th 1 foot more of generous snow heaped upon our ample gift during the last night. Slight falls of Snow during day 6th 3in in all about five feet now as settled & compacted [at ten last] About ten PM Sky clear moon shining over [from] Eag PK [Eagle Peak] casting fines shadows on [matchless sheets of ] the meadows. V Calm trees splendidly laden, mist rising from river. 5th Storm over & past & every feature of the val is shining in new beauty [but like an angle of beauty] .it has made [Splendid] every object [in the valley.] Every [jagged] rock & tree or [stump] leafy or leafless is blooming in glorious snow flowers. No mtn [about the valley] rock of the wall wears snow robes with so queenly a mien [ ]

27 as Tiss [Tissack] She looks alive sublime in every feature [her features beam out & make themselves felt & prove thru her life & its richness minor features usually sunk in] the massed sublimity snow jewels laid on every pine & bush & [carved] tablets & [ ] brings them forward Snow avalanches from rocks constant all day. with noise & appearance of waterfalls bursting into existence & fading suddenly like meteors The constant thuds from heavy laden pines are V [very] abundant also & are a kind of snow avalanches or Cascades, disturbed by [the] a wind breath or sun gleam the top most accumulations on tall pines are frequently set free & as they pour through the often lower branches jostle them free also & thus frequently the whole snow laden spire is enveloped in a Cascade of dusty broken snow. A sudden breeze on the breaking up

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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