John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



leaves which are rich brown in color

Beyond the lighter portion of the valley the groves in shadow are strikingly sombre by contrast, apparently as black as they look in a moonless night. The meadow snow in shadow is cold blue.

Rock Avalanche

The second rock avalanche on Sunnyside started about 200 feet above Sunnyside bench & overturned live oaks laurels Ceanothus etc whose red roots together with pale brown dead laurel foliage produce pleasing color effects

Natural Preachers = Birds etc

We seem to imagine that since Herod beheaded John the baptist there is no longer any voice crying in the Wilderness

But no one in the wilderness can possibly make such a mistake for every one of these flrs [flowers] is such a voice. No wilderness in the world is so desolate as to be without [Gods] divine ministers God’s [the] love of God covers all the earth as the sky covers it & also fills it in every pore. And this love has voices heard by all who have ears to hear. Everything breaks into love songs [of divine love] just as snow banks [of] in the spring (cold & silent) burst forth in [songful cascading water] loud rejoicing streams. Yosemite Creek is at once one


of the most sublime & sweetest voiced Evangels of the Sierra wilderness [of the]

6th Day Clouds

A slight sprinkle of warm rain. Clouds are [standing] wandering about the valley walls as if anxious to be employed. The Cathedral Group & the Canon to the East of them are favorite lounging places for clouds before & after storms

When the sunshine falls upon them they squirm & crawl & swell into massy bosses with slow deliberate gestures & glow [on the sides of their massy bosses] white as snow

El Capitan is often-times thinly veiled with delicate cloud-gauze from base to brow. And Mt [Mount] Starr King is frequently crowned gloriously or completely enveloped in rich purple or pearl gray folds

At other times a level bar is pressed down upon it leaving the top of the cone shining in the sun

South Dome

But no other rock in the valley is so charmingly dressed carressed [caressed] with clouds as Tissiack

Wild Geese 3d [third] Day

The last two nights I heard wild geese on their way across the range, I suppose to the Mono & Walker Lakes. They were traveling by moonlight

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