John Muir


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20th Copious rain in night grand awaking & refreshing of flrs [flowers] & flies & falls. Glorious fragrance of plants & of the old steaming mother herself. 21st glorious cloud display 28 sunful, Oaks unfolding leaves (May 2nd Slight showers. Oaks tasseled, showing fine clouds of purple & yellow. Valley [mtns] all lovely & throbbing with eager joyous life0 May 27th Warm days, cool nights therefore no overflow of river. River quite low frost last eve. wall white on edge Yo [Yosemite] fall Azaleas beginning to bloom Penstemon Minzesii Yellow pine in flower [staminate cones ripening] First rose Ceanothus full bloom

47 June 12 Nights & many of the days have hitherto been remarkably cool preventing the high snows from melting For a few days the nights have been [very ] warm, the temperature scarce reaching the freezing point even at alts of 9 to 10000 ft Consequently the river is now nearly over its banks & is rising daily. While Yosemite Creek so fulley exposed throughout all of its branches is already decreasing. Visited the upper fall Yesterday Could see through between wall & fall. Side of wall next to the water wet shone with intense brilliancy outshining the most glowing sunburned portions of the fall At one time the wind broke up the entire fall into one homogeneous mass of spray

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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