22 42 1/2° Bachs Tears 300 yds No frost N [north] side val [valley] March 10th in morning while meadow hard enough to bear N [north] wall nearly bare S [south] wall about half surface covered. Meadows solid floor of unbroken snow here & there a few brown willow tips. In groves along edge of debris a few bare places around the bottoms of trees, green with [limbs] pruned off by the [heavy] snows. Starr King [glaring] on the edges. The bosses of Glac Pt [Glacier Point] one by one begin to [glow]. Now down to green [brushy] debris Abundance of shadows. First Eag Pt [Eagle Point] & forest [beyond] Cath [Cathedral] Rocks 23 Eag [Eagle] light comes down broad like a wedge, now the calm balanced pine [sprigs] are aglow warm & yellow green, never more apparently conscious than when [receiving] [their] bread of [morning] Now [others] of the grove now the [wedge] still widened & prolonged touches the ground & travels [thrusts] across the meadow with long lance point towards above base of Sentinel Now oaks leafless but purple with swelling buds are lightened One pine alone in the meadow one pine in the opp [opposite] grove The wedge of Gl [Glacier] Point touches ground & advances towards the wedge from Eag Pt [Eagle Point] They meet & widen & in less than half an hour the meadow is belted a width of 3 or 400 yds
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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