John Muir


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44 The deep dense banks of green grow yet deeper & denser The frost-nipped breckans [brackens] called up the reserves that soon over topped the tallest man & formed a perfect forest of fronds that high overarched embower groves of tall leaning grasses & marry with feathery dainty spikelets rose at once & bloomed in the commonest places Whole kingdoms of Oenothera rose high above sedges & ferns like yellow stars on a green sky [(immense)] spikes of purple mints eight feet in height shot up high above the commons grew family groups of starry [ ] glowed upon the meadow & every other feature [element] of plant beauty joined in the late summer glow waxed to corresponding [greatness] 20th walked to top of Nevada Fall with Wm [William] Pratt made many halts by the rapids which are

45 A kind of labyrinth of music & water forms the vernal is the greenest & [squarest] most rectangular fall in the valley. It is a sheet composted of five or six united parallel falls The South Canon [Canyon] falls is composed of three principal ribs of water, but at the top there is a compound web of them 27th Arose betimes & walked to top of Sentinel Dome. The coast range was blue & distinct on the sky The “plains” were yellow, & the Sierra foothills also blue. Three bands of beautiful color fine view of the ever glorious [Sierra] Crest. Walk to Starr King, Old moraine on banks of [South Canyon] Illilouette falls. Also above Nevada falls Walk in Little Yosemite. Memorable descent of the Nevada [fall] cliff on the left side of the fall in the dark 29th Up the mountain again to Sentinel dome with Judge Colby Sunrise on dome. Camp in Spruce

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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