John Muir


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29 & separated from the graces by a beautiful val [valley] cirque at top. [sketch] The great Yo [Yosemite] Fall [answers] every way to the lower Yo, is about 400[0] ft h back in gorge rough sculp adorned with ferns [golden] much broken & dashed, falls into pool 60 ft long [scarce] approachable in high water above the head of this the [descent] from where it approaches the val is above 3,000 ft made in plumes & short dashes. [30] 30 A [Storm] [sketch: 2500] [Aft] [midnight] the storm songs of the wind began to sound [an] the mountaintops & looking up I saw a grey cloud ragged with [streamers] on the edge In a few [mounds] [snow] [flrs] begun to fly the awful [deliberation] & [unpremeditated] [fairplay] of a mtn storm light the [gray] [began] coming down [with] [to] [ ] the [dull] [observed] [start] light [there] a [thin] metallic [clearing] on the cliff canons [helium] [white] [the] [stone] wrapped the pks [gray] [&] [dark] [where] [the] [front] [ ] [whiter] [the] [ ] yet [ ] [ ] [sounded] [29]

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