John Muir


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32 These 3 falls side by side with strip of black rock between glowing with sunlight & mingled with iris [foam] [exceedingly] beautiful. Even at the base of that mighty fall [of] that like a snowy cone rises 1600 ft to the blue sky The highest of the 3 falls into its chan [channel] just at the mouth of the cave from wh [which] the [other] W [west] branch of the stream flows The sun is passing into the mouth of the cave. Streams here reunited but instead of resting [a moment] to calm their beaten whiteness in a basin as most falls do. They dash half gliding half leaping [to] [for] a distance of 100 ft [making a descent of 40 ft] to an [oval] cup in channel where they remain just long enough to become green. Here a small stream enters the chan [channel] from W [west] side coming over the wall of the chan [channel] as a thin lace like cascade ten feet wide. This is a most lovely cascade & it pours its delicate woven waters over

33 (The shadows of these flakes of misty cloud as they descend the sides of [cone])

the brink with the greatest composure not a whit disordered by the [long/loud] rush & roar of the main stream A block of pine two feet long came over main fall & descended so the ice cone with a dozen [15 leaps] skip each marked white on dirty surface. In midst of the rush of cascades as I sat on [brink] of gorge & main roar of fall, I yet heard this block before struck edge of cone After receiving this small lace cascade the greenish water still churned & half white casts itself over a jagged brink a distance of [ab] 25 ft perp [perpendicular] & is again torn & battered to shreds but at the bottom of this last

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