John Muir


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62 The Falls

Yosemite is crowned with glory above its fellows. Only Nevada approaches in the attributes of grandeur & power, these two belong to the same [genus] variety of blooming local craters & are comparable in the snowy Nevada fall there is a more sudden & overwhelming development of glory but at the same time it is the more fathomable. Yosemite comes to us as an endless revelation mysterious unreadable immeasurable. Yet holding its [bearers] spellbound with the divine majesty & loveliness of its forms & voices [Pohono] the vernal, & [Illilouette] belong to another [genus] variety. The [Ribbon] Royal arch the countless snowey thrusts that [come] streak & adorn to all the rocks in the grand days of storm, to another, & the joyous cascades that sing unseen in the canons of Tenayas & Dome Creek to still another kind [genus] well marked

Date Original

November 1869


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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