sketch: S 63 old [Sug] P. 56]
Aug 13th Berries
Warm & balmy Season of ripe berries. Black currant. Dew berry. Thimble berry. [Shads] & cherries. Strawberries in may. Gooseberries purples & yellows & crimsons are coming to the green groves of Oak & Poplar & Alder. Many of the flowers are in seed. The rocks have the haze of Autumn & the water are at their lowest hushings. There is but little water [Falls] now in Yosemite & one can easily pass behind the falls without danger. Yosemite is no longer an outgush of arrowy comets but a tranquil pouring shining beads & when they have reached the ground & have gathered themselves to flare down the canon they sing not with that deep bass which thrills the solid rocks but with soft tinklings & hushings like the music of insect wings in a summer noon. Cave back of fall is about 10 ft h in front – 180ft long, 30 deep, caused by soft [old] [spathic] seams being easily cut by back dashing of water. Canon at least 50ft [deep]cut by water as evidenced by large eddy cavities still smooth, two of each [granite] in some places here very soft & very hard. Some springs, seams, blocks of immense size loosed thus. Rock not cut deeply at base of any of the falls. Stratification of granite made to appear by action of water lines parallel to those of valley wall very distinct also those of canon also horizontal lines thus cutting the granite into parallelepipeds
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 15 cm.
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