32 nest made of grass lvs [leaves] set on detritus forming floor for the narrow rift 3 in wide so that the mother bent her wings roughly on the sides when flying out alarmed very [untrusting] bird brave & loveable. Discovered a rock-wren hen also—8 Clark [crows] flew across the summit. Noticed a queer tailless marmot on summit rocks. Mouse-colored white patch behind blunt nosed short-eared timid peering in & out of rocks. Size of [common] rat. 4 species butterflies, 3 [bees] on very summit. Also a hummingbird moth & several others. With [grasspt] grasshoppers many [O?] Warm & cheery as noon in hay field. The view of Sierra v. [very] glorious
33 Doner [Donner] [Rilt ] etc large glacier 2 ms [miles] long by ½ long on [N] side of mtn [mountain] N of [North] of Doner The N end of White Mtns grandly seen. A little of Mono lake & craters, also of Carson lake & the Humboldt Sink. While Walker lake is outspread in the strange bare wilderness from end to end. Never so fairy—so perfectly charming a landscape as a whole made of sep [separate] features so desert like range beyond range in ethereal [tenderness] of color ravishingly beautiful Never saw so many light-changes on lake mist-like reflections vertically striated—all shades of blue & green with black island-like shadows cloud-shadows on all the landscape—perfectly black.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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