John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



Sunnyside Yosemite 5th day

The night shadows [in] of the oak groves of Sunnyside (are sombre by day & jet black by night) at [Time of] moonrise are intensely black. Many ebon bars cast on the ground from branchless smooth boles are so opaque & sharply defined that on my (mid)night walks I have frequently stepped over them carefully as if they were fire-blackened logs that lay in my way or gone around the ends of the larger shadows as being to [too] big to climb over. (The Druids would find here plenty of) What a fine place for a Druid temple, [mistletoe] [laden] [groves] & granite blocks of (stone for a) [every] size for Stonehenge altars.

Yosemite Creek lives in a shell

Sunnyside on N [north] wall of Yo [Yosemite] val [valley] is a fine country seat 400 feet above the floor adorned with shorter trees & vines of the val [valley] sloping back 2000 feet high (carved) (with), tinted purplish gray the great fall hung over it like a scarf (use his original version)

Live oak Gray limbs interlocked, outer sprays drooping low swaying, pendulous as weeping willow, upper erect, somewhat bristly, eagerly drinking the light.

Mounds out on the granite slopes cushioned with elastic Selaginella tufted with rock ferns, larkspurs & [golden] yel [yellow] [Eriagonae] or with only granite sand between the flowers.

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