John Muir


[Clinton L.] Merriam


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2structure, and this little glacier which flowed from their midst, I camped here at the foot of the two most beautiful of the domes in a sheltered half-mile hollow, the womb of the glacier.At the foot of the two domes are two lakes,exactly alike in size and history, beautiful as any I ever beheld. First there is the pure glassy plantless water centre, then a light green fringe of Carex which has long arching leaves that dip to the water, then a beveled border of yellow Sphagnum moss, coming eactly to the water's edge, farther back is a narrow zone of dryer meadow, smooth with grasses which grow in soft plushy sods, interrupted here and there, by clumpy gatherings of blueberry bushes. The purple Kalmia has a place here also, and the splendidly flowered Phyllodoce, but these last are small, and weave into the sod, spreading low down in the grasses and living with them. Besides these flowering shrubs, the meadow has a small sprinkle of Dodecatheon and daisies and white violets,most pure and beautiful meadow zones,fitted divinely to the rim of most pure and beautiful lakes.I spent most of the afternoon in following this tributary down to its junction with the main glacier, then turning to the right I crossed the mouths of the first two tributaries which I had passed in the morning, then bearing East examined a cross section of the main trunk and reached camp by following up the North bank of the tributary.Between the three tributaries which I have mentioned are well defined medial moraines, having been preserved from floods by their position on the higher slopes with but small


…8 miles north of Yosemite Falls

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1871 Sep 19


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