John Muir


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4 The dwarf thistle in up Tuol [Tuolumne] Valley Willows purp [purple] barked buds [swelling] meadows very dingy yel & gray as if near more to the green. June 2nd The Tuol river about as low as in Oct. In Great upper valley about 25 ft wide. 2 woodpeckers here & Clark crow & blue bird robin Ouzel chickadee & several others. Saw coyote. Jolly] fording of river. Jolly bath Sunny mtns all around. Great number of happy cascades coming down the valley walls. View down valley bounded with snow mtn. So also up end Sides spotted with patches, mostly bare. Gls [glaciers] in front gray dead meadow yet benumbed still dozing in winter sleep. Vall walls slopes covered with trees about half of wh [which] dead

5 In mid distance grand swelling bosses of granite with fringing lines of dark forest marking their lower curves, but above smoothly snow clad. Spotted gray by [ ] & vert faces when snow could not lie beyond yet near, above these rise in most reposeful sublimity the intensely white unbroken unsullied gls bounded by black & gray precipices too steep for snow to lie upon. As I lay by river bank not a cld in sky then noble white cumulus rose over [back] Mclure [sublim] addition to gls, then cast sharp shadows across the [ ] gl folds of Lyell, then more [ ] as it dissolved, at first only the short shadows of the sharp pinnacles & ridges.

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