John Muir


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55 the pines & fires were loaded with crystal beads that gave [them] a silvery gray appearance loaded with flashing diamonds the [irised] sun shone streaming through [green] [dazzling] [brilliantly] to the scene [that] no words will [describe]. The storm was done the birds came out & shook the rain drops from their feathers chirping & sang & searched about for food. These storms falling [answering] the tender spring flrs have a destructive harsh look as if nature was [a] blind & heedless. Yet all that we call destruction is creative when viewed in its true

54 relations & it is just when storms are most numerous that the greatest [variety] of plant life appears. The upshot of all the so-called terribly destructive storms is the exquisite beauty & perfection that we find today. [These] [ ] [garden] were all planted subsequent to recession of the gls [which] was one of the most recent of the geologic [events]. tens of thousands of storms have fallen upon them yet [their] beauty is perfect. I noticed when large hail storms had broken off [some] of the corollas of the blue penstemon & Mariposa tulip the ferns

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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