72 on the farther shore of the lake rise brown mtns [mountains] shaded with gray & yellow reflected in the lake beyond these higher mtns [mountains] darkened with timber & [beyond] all on the rim of the sky an assemblage of snowy peaks, with wide gl [glacial] vals [valleys] between, ice sculptured hushed, raven & owl croaking & hooting on the [plain] below. A robin in the cedar nearby. The sky brushed & [filmed] with gray & purple clds [clouds] [sketch of peak] One pk on left of lands [up] one smooth slope of snow The plain broken with table rocks, fragments
73 of the ancient fossiliferous deposits of the lake when covered all. The lake showing process of filling & drying into plain West icy Shasta two sides of square pyr [pyramid] [sketch of pyramid] snowy mtns [mountains] stretching from SE third -- immense belts of forest in front E no snowy mtns [mountains]- everywhere else lengthening reflections [shadows] reach over lake sky darkens night comes near & I go down to our lumber camp A still [brooding] evening with plenty of brown purple & white & yellow
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist