John Muir


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53 [had] wore a pitiful expression as [here] [lay] [moving] [ ] half buried. [ ] [fronds] yet [Nature] [loves] [her] gardens & all [stones] only increase their beauty. Could we have come here during the main gl [glacial] period we would have found [ ] wastes of fathomless ice with [ ] & [ ] [trains] of red & black slate [borne] down from the shattered summits. Yet the gls [were] the implements of all this glorious gardening & [forestry] flourishing soil [ploughing] the solid granite & spreading it [out] in long [curving] [moraines] & [field] [like] beds & [ ] the [planting] of the first hardy pines & frost enduring sedges. [there]

52 has been a constant development towards higher beauty. We are camped on the right [lateral] mor [moraine] of the trunk gl [glacier] of [Yosemite] wh swept through it & [flowed] far below. & the excellence of the sugar pines 200 ft high 8 ft dia without a [ ] [ ] shows the [gen] [ ] of the processes of forestry June is too early to make camping [excur] out the high mtns [feed] [is] [scarce] July is better October is made up of almost uninterrupted sunshine yet June snows are not to be greatly feared. They last but a day or two

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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