John Muir


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57 [enlivened] [swelled] by the fresh fallen snow now melting (Sun appeared in fitful [glares] among the brooding low [ ] clouds) [flood] with graceful lace like pollen sprinkled with glassy [crystal] [beads] almost 300 ft high [ ] as it swayed & glided with its waters [delicately] [worn] into lace one of the finest [waveless] cascades of the region. Its only [ ] [want] of size. The view of the snowy landscape from the top of [the] [dome] was exceedingly fine The storm [evidently] [halting] was getting ready [massing] its [cloud] wh flitted restlessly getting ready for [sun] [rain] or [snow] or hail fallen [alternated] 56 Now the full sun breaking forth. The south [wall] of [Yo] with the grand forested [sweep] of the [Merced] Canon & the rich forest of sugar pines in front. The height of the [fresh] snow line is about 5500 ft above sea level. [More] snow & hail fell during the day on the 16th but about 5 o’clock [PM] the storm broke. The wind died [away] the clouds disappeared the [robins] ventured from their [ ] [in] search of food while after storm clds [clouds] so characteristic of [these] [ ] [floated] above the [dropping] [] [purpled] & [silvered] into [bright] glowing masses in the [air]

Date Original

October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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