John Muir


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28 of a Storm will dislodge vast quantities of heaped up Snow from [whole] oak & pine groves [of] at once filling the air as with a cloud. Many branches broken off thus unsound removed & Natures orchards pruned Live oak [Carries] collects smoother Crown of Snow & wears it longer than any other tree Blk oak has V [very] beautiful appearance - black trunks & limbs with intensely white unshaded snow on outer sprays & tops of horizontal limbs Pines have dark Caverns beneath the [bent] Whorls of Snow bent aggregated branches So also has [hiho] but not so dark. Fine bland cloudless shine all day. [matchless] shadows on smooth

29 bossy snow sheets Every dark streak on walls covered & occupied at top & consid [considerable] dist [distance] down in many places, by ice made in the night. Showing that those black streaks are caused by something contained in trickling water or at least resulting from that water. This eve the valley filled with pale half transparent frozen vapor giving a very remarkable atmosphere Banks of river nobly rounded & shaded caves for birds & feeding places. Etc. 6 Day of open effortless gentle sunshine wh poured slantingly into the deep snow of the meadows & set free much that was variously lodged on the [ cloth] wall keeping up continuous cannonade mild evenings enchanting moonnights

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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