John Muir


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70 framed grandly [with] in a rain bow painted in the bright dust blown from its blossoms [from] [Lakes] on the E [east] most boughs shiny like moons

After passing the lower fall the stream strikes upon a talus of angular blocks mostly derived from earthquake avalanche spread by the stream when in flood upon this talus the creek divides into [many] a net work of crinkled streams a 1/4 m [mile] wide Again [unite] 1/2 m [mile] from base of fall 1/2 more with the river

7th Not a cloud in the bright blue sky A strong storm wind roaring [surging] like ocean amid the deep [lanes] & bays of the valley Sunnyside is protected yet the roaring crest of many a wave breaks among [her] groves shaking & worrying [her] shaggy tops as if fastened upon them like a [bird] dog Such storms account for many a strange curve & kink in the branches of a tree The glossy [leaves] of evergreen rustle & sparkle

71 with astonishing brightness in the keen white sun glare. The up [upper] fall swayed awry from the face of the wall [there] clashed against it or vibrated from side to side in yielding [many] extra ordinary tones in [sympathy] with the storm with whose louder & grander song then blend [Sketch] When I saw that the fall was so frequently driven west by the force of the wind I thought by climbing to shelf [ ] above the base I might see down into the mouth of the ice cone. This stand point where I have so often spent nights & days is about [1000] ft above [ ] I set out at noon All the way up the [sturdy] notes of the wind almost drowned those of the [fall]

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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