The Greenlanders believe the northern lights to be the spirits of their forefathers going forth to battle Vast tribes of ducks & other aquatic fowl How pleasant to row away up some winding fiord never knowing how far inland it would carry us. The sunset was one of loveliness intensely brilliant gold & yellow with soft misty clds giving peace to brightest rose color ere yet the blue ground work of the sky had paled. Black rocks flecked with salt foam Ins [Inuits] of Alaska have learned to [whistle] for the wind A broad expanse of rich browns & purples with patches of vivid [green]
If nature had put all the ills into the [oceans] it would have been a much finer country Making the effects of sunset & the gloaming on the majestic landscape JM “mists that sleep on a waveless sea” Headlong runs ocean [floods] Silver [tissued] wave The golden sunset fell on [Ailsa] [Crag]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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