Sep 25th 1872
In the mountain light Oakland winter seems all a dream only the kindness of friends stands out clear, Pine trees granite & waterousels now. How true & pure & immortal they seems to me, yet somehow I feel satisfied to leave all & labor in other fields
The very first evening I came in, the brave owl that was not afraid of the earthquake tuwhooed unnervously as ever. Having heard
him so many years his voice seemed charmingly familiar. The morning light is streaming in between the domes & the sculpture of the arches is splendidly brought out. How eloquently it speaks of the icy past. How marvelous the richness & delicacy of the sculpture wrought by so simple & blunt & unwieldy a tool.
I’ve been out sauntering on the meadows and along the sleepy river. Two ouzels came glinting on the crisp bright water, & after nodding recognizingly, & doing all their dainty manners began wading & ducking in the shallows. They are little [ ] nuggets of water music as if the brown peebles over wh’ the river has sung for ages had at length been overgrown with moss & feathers & flown away."
Yosemite Valley [Calif.]
1872 Sep 25
Original letter dimensions: 15 x 16 cm.
Muir, John, "1872 Sept 25 JM to J Carr p1" (1872). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4823.
MSS 301 Shone
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