John Muir


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30 7th Smooth equal sunshine squirrels beginning to venture out snow delicately colored rose towards evening, booming of S w snow avalanches still heard poor Flies creeping on snow many small wings folded Πnever to move again

8 Rain at 3 PM still raining 11 PM. Falls wind swayed

9th 5 1/2 inches snow Few flurries during day Clear at 10 PM Trees very grandly snowed Rocks muffled 10th Fine bland block of tranquil light. Booming of ice from edges of falls Moon centered in a halo circle of noble dimensions

11. Few snowflakes morning [very] Sublime clouds around valley walls alt 2000 ft in huge embankments, frequently

31 fired atop with sunshine falls coming out of clouds did not disturb cld by wind proving that the air currents that set towards the column are slight at this rather low stage of water dragged away the fringes of many blindings of cld & rock. [exquisite] fine beyond thought. 12 Cloudy & slightly rainy snow melting & settling [shallowing] fast 10 PM Snowing fast

13 Snow last eve 4 in Sufficient to robe & blossom the rocks & trees Mag [magnificent] cld effects, huge banks on Cath rocks Mild & gentle winterness [Rain]

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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