John Muir


image preview


40 24 [Considerable quantities of] Rain during the night. Changed to snow at daylight accompanied with strong [splendid] wind wh carried the snow in fine dust horizontally through the trees & over the meadows Fair & bright with grand cloud effects at noon More snow in the evening, 5 inches An [very] imposing snow ava [avalanche] from narrow gorge E of Yo Sem Fall more than a minute in duration at first homogenious roaring mass of [roaring whiteness] dazzling [in] brightness then most of [the] back streaming enveloping snow dust dissappeared & the body of the [fall] avalanche was seen as distinct in structure & motion as a water-fall [of the water]

41 25 Snow with high winds alternating with Sunshine

26 Very bright AM. dim PM. Grand snow cascade E. of Yo Fall First covered [sketch] with powder the clear showing structure then thining untill the gray rock show through white & leisurely ceased, [with leisure]

Water ouzel singing merrily in [Hi] wind blowing cold & sighing stormily in pine. Sky black Falls telling storm. Ouzel reads all lovingly 27 More snow 6 in. Snowing 10 PM. Water ouzel singing gloriously on edge river like a [little] [clod] of [mud] [pigs] in his music but ab of mellow laugh & song within 20 yds [chop ing]

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist