When your eyes are dazzled with looking on snows you turn with double delight to look down into the cool depths of the delicious darkness of shade Yet it is in the busy commercial cities of the low flat places of the earth that guardian angels have the most work to do & when they may well be brought come to their wits ends in despair. Places for more [treacherous] than the ice walls & [crags] level quicksands & oozy bogs level & green [unruly] surface sink & [engulf] JM An easy comfortable ooze of respectable mush of contentment in wh not enough of life is left to enable one to wallow decently & when the soul leached & sodden looses all aspiration & lies dead & silent unable thenceforward to give forth one virtuous wail of discontent
No oppression, languor headache difficulty of breathing in the rarified atmosphere Camping ground on the verge of some mighty gl [glacier] wh glimmers in the dark with phosphoric light stupendous masses of rock Slow sure wanderings of the gl Ice field dotted with ice-pillars slender columns ridges of crags & icy rocks some cool bank of fern & moss to watch the dancing light reflected from green glassy [ ] Rain. Then one beam strikes thro the [grove] showing the [nudes] & [ ] [ ] [all] pink & [ridge] [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist