John Muir


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circa 1887



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yellow green [in color], thrice-pinnate & finely cut giving them a rich ferny appearance as if unusual pains had been taken in fashioning them; and [they] are dotted [over] with minute glands that secrete [a fragrant] wax with a peculiar odor that is delightful, especially when which mingled with the finer keener scents of the trees warmed by the [nook] blended sunshine [when the sun is shining & wind blowing to melt & mix them well give forth a very pleasant & characteristic fragrance to all the air.] The flowers are white, 5/8 of an inch in diameter just like those of the strawberry

I am delighted with this little bush. It is the only true carpet plant in this part of the Sierra. The

Manzanita, Ceanothus, rhamnus [etc are] make shaggy rugs & fringing borders rather than carpets or mantles [of any kind]


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The sheep do not take kindly to their new pastures, being too closely [much] hemmed in [I guess] & overshadowed by the steep hills They are never fully at rest [in continual state of unrest.] Last night they were [badly] frightened. Possibly a coyote [wolf] or bear was prowling near them making observations for some future attack.

June 10th}

Very warm [today] [out] in the sunshine, but delightful in the shade [on the edge of the river bank trees [where alders & willows grow. I find new beauties every day]. The pool [near camp] where we get water for the camp is in a beautiful rock-basin at the foot of a picturesque cascading reach of the river where the water will well stirred and made lively and tuneful without being beaten into dusty foam. The rock is black metamorphic [is very beautiful. Clear cool tuneful water, well stirred but not much dashed to fine foam. Churned merely. The rock black] slate worn into smooth Knobs [by the water &] contrasting with the fine gray & white cascading stream as it glides and glances and falls [above the pool] in lace-like sheets and braided overfolding currents while tufts of sedge growing on [and is folding currents amid which that rise here and there above] [currents gliding glancing falling in a varied pattern of lacelike form mingled with braided masses. Tufts of sedges on [rock knobs] the stones above water].

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