Wadsworth to Austin 156 of green rain & snow lands of the noble Sierra. The brown shoulders glow in purple & gold. No mtns more blessed with light. Covered morn & evening with colored sunglow as a garment not in brilliant flashing sheen but in deep pervasive spiritual glow few [lakes] for spangles few glossy lves [leaves] for mirrors no glaciers no eternal snow yet there are lakes in the clouds. There are [innumerable] streams [ ] emptying into the sky. The ocean of air is the grander ocean into wh all Nevada streams flow & these mtns are clothed upon with [glorious] clouds the White Cloud Range so called from abundance of pearly cumuli
Austin to Lunder Hill & return 4
A land of lakes once in the gl [glacial] period lake & mtn without any vals or levels. Yet all its ranges were laden with ice [rivers]. but [ere] this there were yet grander mightier rivers in this now riverless land Rivers of molten fire streamed down & over all the plains & mtns into lake & vale. Mingling [their] smoke & clouds of [ashes] with [vape] of water as evidenced by [rock] [showing/shearing] floods of sludge & mud mingled with burning [narl]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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