John Muir


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14. Fine sunful ripe day. Venus glowing gloriously. Casting distinct shadows [of] from rocks trees like a moon 15. Slight rain PM snowing 9 pm Charming veiling of walls Peak after pk disappearing in gray rows of [face] gradually [dimming] to indistinguishable forms, [mnts] & clds. 16 one or two inches of snow last eve. This Forenoon mostly sunful, a gradual coming on of clouds marshalled about noon in most imposing abundance & order all along the upper half of the walls. Their bosses & fringes now agloss in white fire of sun, now grey in shadow with delicate tones of purple


About 1 PM I was roused from a book I was reading by a most earnest & powerful wind rush. Looking out from window saw that the valley was filled with a mighty river of air wh was muddy & opaque from the plentiful dust of broken snow flowers wh as they stormed swiftly & horizontally past up the valley afforded plain proof of the velocity of the wind Never before have I beheld so sudden & loud an on rush of storm [anxious] to experience much as possible I ran out to the meadow. The pines swayed & waved & sang in

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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