23 down came the [heavy] [sleety] flakes. –Oct 24th The rain drops not all one size very wide range of different drops on bushes of dif sorts dif shapes Had delightful saunters among the dripping [groves] every drop a fairy world when seen through lenses. The landscapes in [front] delicately gathered in every rain drop as it falls is an eye full of pines forests & mtns. So every drop on bushes those on the ends of thorns very globular but not so large. Pine needles very fine where [drooping] so also
24 Libo [libocedrus] but finest on grape tendrils. These with an oak & pine in mid distance & mtn in dist with clouds & a vine over spreading all is glorious. The drops [of] grapes very fine also & and when hedges [between] 2 purple grapes then the drip held properly is like a purple shell half open ( a (bivalve) with a landscape or cluster of vines between. One with Mt [Persephone] Marble & a cloud in front & groves of pines & oak near & a spray of colored vines over head was exquisitely glorious a [milky] [way] of rain drops
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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