34 Striking at once for the bottom with determined energy—in close concentrated columns. Lower falls uttering deepest bass & driving out heavy wind blasts [very strong wind originated] which waves the trees that wait upon them & makes them keep time to its song 22 Spring working at a higher [pressure] among plants & insects than I have ever observed elsewhere Masses of cumuli about dome & Starr King + 23 v [Very] windy at night Thermom[eter] sunrise 44°, noon 76°. Trees opening buds poplars in good covering of gum. Big Pteris uncoiling, all spring influences in prime activity. 24. Warm. Light hazy. Nature palpitating with full prime vigor. Oaks unfolding leaves Waterfalls in most matured majesty 25th “ “ “ “ “ 26 Cloud circle hazy 27 Cloud upon dome 28 Light shower sending forth
35 the [genuine] fragrance of opening buds 29th Rain. Light warm showers Beauty of young leaves & deep green of meadow
[30th] Splendid display of Cumulus-cirrus cloud heaps S [South] dome snuffed from bottom to top of perpendicular face ever varying to new forms a cable of white round cloud like the falls in substance stretched in a grand curve from top of glacial point [rock] to shoulder of dome
1st May fine cool bright day of healthful hopeful spring Oaks unfolding leaves & maturing their flowers [tassels] with astonishing rapidity 2nd [Very] dark dense clouds laid equally down upon all the valley walls, making darkness like night 3rd Dim & cool a few drops of R [Rain] 4th Sweet spring. Oaks in full flower leaves just so far open as to resemble petals All the bright & sweet & beautiful influences of spring in full flower.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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