John Muir


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34 most sublime morning but with no unwilling ness nor deprecation A group of nestlings could not show more glad[ness] eagerness at the approach of their parents with food than did these pine groves at the coming of the snow. One has not seen a pine tree in its grandest mood who has not [pertaken] with it of the banquet of winter storms Perhaps to clear visioned angels a pine tree feasting tranquilly on Summer sunbeams is more interesting than to behold it [bowlike] consuming the grand storms of winter snows & winds but to mortals the

35 sublimities of snow storms are too spiritual to be appreciated The air when one looked into the sky was streaked marbled with dark sooty veins apparently by the unequal distribution of the snow The storms of the winter wh so exalt & glorify mtns strike terror into the souls of those who are [unacquainted] with them are yet unborn or who have only seen the lights [of the [Cades]] of society but to any one who is in actual contact with the world these storms are only emphatic words of nature’s Love [ divining] Every purely natural object is a conductor of divinity & we have but to expose ourselves

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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