87 2 S sides of S Dome one a mile above Lit Yo Sem [Little Yosemite] the other at end of orange lake. Great N side mor of Nevada Gl extends from mouth of Cath Gl trib to? Terraced on both sides, extending far downhill towards Lil Yo Sem, medial & Lat Saw rare bird in deep grove of Dead Lake bottom seemed much alarmed had [sketch] black shot on [breach] & black stripe each side of head from hill with an orange speckeldy breast like a [maycop], wasp nests ab [abundant] there & bears to eat them where large trib comes in there is likely to be a lake. Lakes filled by washings of sand from mtns & by moraine matter washed from narrow canons. 88 Shadows still smooth close black, its rocks still soft purple & white. Its snowy rim [curvy ] about its bays still [pure ] [unbroken] spotless white. The whole living lake [ ] seamless rim & [sculptured] mountain [cup] perfect & pure as if like one unbroken snow crystal it had come softly from the sky [ ] [ ] [by] [ages] of Gl grinding [sculpture] if [ ] nevertheless it was no longer Nevada the [torrent] the earthquake [ ] in heaven, but Nevada in Earth with [trees lvd/brushed] grace wearing the garments of winter snow, a creature with whom [mortals] could blend Nevada Lake [died] in storm, went to heaven& ere the dawn of a sun measured day came back returned to her mountain home. [Crystal] as though paved from my bed by a bear Hard protruding masses were broken with [splendid] curves or rounded into brows, forming grand shelters for shadows.
Original journal dimensions: 13.5 x 12.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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