38 [Ice] thunders continued untill after Sunset on account of cloudiness of forenoon Flies ab in air 22 Sunful mild snow melting on N side the meadows but our outside doors on the mtns are well locked & who will be able to disturb us. All of this grandeur of sunlight & storm shade to ourselves Water ouzel singing most joyously many notes were pure laughing. He cared not for my noisy axe wh I was plying within 20 yds 23 Sunful. The pines are stripped of their [wealth of] snow flowers [are poised] motionless in hushed sunlight they know little of the character of a pine tree
39 who have not seen it broad awake in wind-storms with rain & snow instead of only waving dreamily in a bland breeze or fast asleep in calm light. The vegetation of the Sierras does not slant up against the cold frosty sky of the summits to end in a sharp colorless edge [lichens] for their are two flowering plants of large size that go above all of the pinched blinking dwarfs wh almost justify [Darwins] ungodly ward Struggle & burst into bloom of purple & yellow as rich & abundant as ever responded to the thick creamy sun-gold of the [tropics] plain
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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