John Muir


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here and there a grassy foam cup caused by a slight cascade of 2 or 3 ft a 150 ft from brink [sketch: Fall 150 ft wide; chafed] [scarily] [calmed] ere taking the final leap into the strange new world of the canon meadowless treeless [raw] washing] [ ] rocks half ashes half [stone]. Scream of fish hawk. jags & spines rusty serrated teeth unstable rotten yet exquisite colors. a land of desolation? [no] only a canon of desolation green grassy woods atop green glassy river below. The [p] [region] above the falls has nothing uncanny [lonely] rocky

[islandy] Woods S of Mt Wash [covered] with red huckleberry 1/2 of 2nd days ride scarce any other vegetation beneath trees berries very [fine] but small plant hardly shrubby. Common up to [verge] of grand Canon. Moonlight. [full] [waning] like Nevada [birds] 3rd day head of great falls. broad clear river lovely [curve] 2nd fall most evenly white from top to bottom dashed & churned into foam before reaching [bank]. dashed [apart] & rolled & tossed hither [thither] on way down broad as long wide at base [out]. blasting mass of foam making all [opposite] wall like Alaska. Above the 2nd fall [charming] scenery of islands [curves] cascades mossy ferny ledges ouzels cascade after cascade every form contracting

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