nearly all the way. Saw large alpine hare L. Campestris, jumped and bucked like a young deer. Brown pure white in winter, the largest of tribe ears like jack, body heavier, rare in Sierra. At Soda Springs all feed eaten out by horses and cattle kept on 160 acres Lambert claim. Of course much outside feeding - Gentians destroyed mostly. Camped mile below the springs, in grove- grand fire- Sep 5. Xtart for Yosemite The trail good, except few spots. The timber on left Tuol gl mor very fine, hemlock in loveliest forms scattered nearly all through the forest pure groves at foot of Cathedral hip. Slight avas here occasionally overwhelm them but beautiful nevertheless. Fine Monticola also Abies magnify and contorta Cathedral ridge extension S ward very telling as to sculpture and structure. Saw 5 deer in woods as we climbed to Clouds Rest ridge. Glad to see the return of thee fine animals after sheep banishment. Camped on meadows at foot of Clouds Rest in silver fir woods. Lovely place. Hushed, calm. Ab of asters and crigeron, good beds. Full moon nearly. Marvelous in woods. Good fires. Sep 6. Made photo of grand dome region, including S. Dome and Starr King. 16 domes in all some of them but little developed those of wall of little Yosemite cut off like end of El Capitan or Half Dome 3 of these on S wall of Little Yosemite. The grand dam of domes just above Yo, S.D. Broderick, Liberty Cap and Starr King group. Wondrous irised clouds - some only on edge some all through delicately fluted and feathered with linear fibrous siky fringes. Very large contorta 4 ft, 100 high all the way down to Little Yosemite from within 8pp ft of top of Mono pass which is by Geo. Survey 10.600 ff Infinite variety of form mixed with albicaulis down to Soda Springs or nearly, feathery and slender sturdy and rigid, much peeled and gnawed by porcupine in winter. Some large trees all but killed - even topmost limbs peeled -especially at elevation of 9.000 to 10.000 ft. 8 sp. of tamius alpines dull yel with stripes shorter and less marked frater common Mtn quail ab to Little Yosemite from near summit. Stellar Jay seen in Litl. Yo. first though ab in highest lit. Yo. some contorta heads like Big Tree dome most of young in protected basins arrow shaped as a whole old picturesque.
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