John Muir


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21 Coming thus upon so deep dark & cold mtn [mountain] River on the edge of the hot plain is very striking & one naturally exclaims where rivers are you going & from whence are your icy waters. No wonder the salmon love the [McCloud] & the Pit so much cool deep pathways lead up into the mtns in the southern portion of the range. The most striking plant of the river bank is the giant saxifrage lvs [leaves] 13 inch diameter 3 ft long will hold quart of water on top they form [ ] edge of the river bank

22 [Massin] & ornamental Continuous edging yel with much variety both in color size & arrangement. Many rocks out in the stream are taken possession of & made into islets beautifully rounded & moulded, all hard angles hidden. The finely arched tufts of sedge are also [important] elements of this lovely bank work. Also orchids [sketch] Oct 18th /74 The storm [beginning] & lasting till 2 with but one solid day of sunlight yielded snow sufficient to whiten the ground [silvery] gray in spots none beneath trees. Ind shouted in the [cabin] door It snows snows

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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