John Muir


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11 Goethe picture of typical Alp landscape Groups of deep shady trees of different species, standing out over a fresh green foreground wh [which] is fanned by soft airs that seem to put the lights in motion; a mid ground of lively green tone growing fainter as it ascends; wide pastures on the slopes of the higher districts when dark solitary firs stand forth from the grassy carpet, & foaming brooks rush down from cliffs whose winding steep are climbed by laden mules & above, the topmost Alpine range when [nether] tree nor [shrub] appears but only amid the rocky teeth & snow summits a few sunny spots

12 clothes themselves with a soft [ ] on wh [which] the chamois feeds.

(Mtns not thrust into sky (Blooms in light pks rise [m] grows (Beauty when discern law Message of [ice])

(Felis concolor Linn) range from 50° or 60° N h S end of S [A] color above pale brownish yel [yellow] Beneath dirty white larger than big dog Weight According to Aud 150 lbs Length nose to root of tail 56 inches [Length] tail 32

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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