John Muir


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24 [grows] at side each black trunk with a blue shadow Sunny wall seen through [glistening] dark oak. An uprising boiling mass of irised smoky spray rising above shoulder no part fall visible Looking towards [same] oaks sparkle & spangle as if wet with dew. Falls sing louder, so do jays chuckle & low chatter as well as scream. Of all birds woodpeckers the most contented & equable. Steady increase of song as sun increases in abundance Now sun over shoulder of Tiss [Tissiack] & all light far as Lamons In an hour the apex of the cone shaped shadow of Sent [Sentinel] reaches to foot of 3 Brothers

25 Came up on track of avalanche swept the trail wh [which] leads to up [upper] fall groves of laurel Sturdy live oaks 2-3 ft dia [diameter] stricken down by a single storm. Thus God dresses & weeds his garden. Avalanche of snow [forming] [speeded] falls. Slope from foot of lower snow fall about 32° Snow avalanches bring down great quantities of leaves & mould [mold] burrs branches etc. impells [impels] smaller rocks from hand [pebbles] to dia [diameter] of a foot or two against larger firmly seated boulders & solid ledge giving them a peculiar scoured surface rounding their angles with a loose compliant pressure Yet with considerable force in [passing] over precipices in falls the avalanche becomes thoroughly mixed & broken stones leaves & sand [through] whole substance giving rise

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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