10 [sketch: A; 40 feet high; Bed of dry crk [creek] between Merced and Tuol [Tuolumne] 3 miles NW from Hopeton; 100 ft wide; Old flood bed; 40 ft high; older flood bed; B] More ancient channel between A & B 1 mile 11 A. [Ingleslie] Skimming through the rye along Skimming thro the rye along the bay [never] more level. How beaut natures methods of reclamation no ditching, mud layer, dredging. Through into Livermore Pass. The open [wider] expanse of [summit ] surrounded by beautifully modulated Mtns [mountains] [coursing] to plains in fine [carved] [castings] Chap [chaparrel] on the sides, dark patches [on the the] yell [yellow] & brown like cloud shadows, purple plains, Button wood in fields, Oak on hills casting lovely shadows colors very finely blended & in beaut [beautiful] accord [Out] [not/into] plain. [Brushed] fields miles of ripe rustling wheat & barley [So thin & short] The [hares] [bound] [fields/fully] above it one or two stalks [from ] a root The whir of [headns] Only relived by the wind [rustling] ripe wheat the notes of sparrow [the] [ouzel] careful of young. The rattle of [grasshoppers]
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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