John Muir


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and grasses circled with a rime of rushes. Those with sedgy margins form a favorite retreat for countless waders and especially for the pelicans, which frequently whiten the shores as with a ring of foam. It is delightful to observe the assembling of these feathered people coming from the woods and reedy isles. Herons white as wavetops or blue as the sky winnowing the warm air on quiet wing, pelicans coming with baskets to fill, and a multitude of smaller sailors of the air swift as swallows gracefully taking their places at Nature’s family table of bank and shallow for their daily bread, Happy birds! The mocking bird is graceful in form and a fine singer, plainly dressed - rather familiar in habits, frequently coming like robins to doorsills for crumbs - a noble fellow beloved by everybody. Wild geese are abundant in winter, associated with brants,

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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