59 sea of silver Towards Lassens B [Butte] also over the vals. [valleys] of Pit & McCloud Lassen now rising like an island from the wide billowing ocean, now foundering lost in one starry expanse The sun meanwhile falling free on the [young] snows of Shasta every boss glistening every groove blue in shadow Soon storm clouds began to sweep the mtns -- the tops of the silver clds [clouds] began to break in foam & tear off in long streamers Storm cloud dark & opaque through rents of wh dense white cumuli appeared like snow covered mtns Some patches, islets of mtns appeared likewise clds on clds
60 Lassens Pk snow covered Mtn Cld took its place so also with other mtn to west Grandest cld display ever witnessed. Soon flakes began to fall mingling flakes with drift Gathered wood. Snugged away all that might be buried. Soon fell faster - Fell for 3 days 4th Nov snowy drifty 1 or 2 lulls in storm [misted] calm lakes of air Squirrels 2 tamias & pine squirrel 5th wind wild. Snowy & drift - drift changing the outlines of mtns [Pulsing] outlines
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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