44 for the heart of the wildness in 3 strips of lace work all [are] when 2/3rds way down encounter the buffetings of the irised flames [&] the smallest one on the left is lapped & blown to spring & carried back over the brow from whence it fell to water a plot of grass & lilies & god like a thicket of oak chaparral. The other two make out to break across the flaming rainbow down to the [foam] in [ ] fall. First fall is about 20 ft h [high] after falling here enters a pool & is immediately calmed, then passes to another pool from wh [which] it goes nobly over the wrinkled brow of [its] last great fall its surfaces adorned with leaking diamonds formed on a wrinkle of brow Make a play house out of landscapes for Valley Tis [Tissiack] one end a river each side for walls
45 After vibrating betwixt shadow & balmy sunny [sunshiny] black clouds came & scattered out rain that fell upon sun warm rocks making steam from [leaves] & mosses I ran down to prepare for a wet day. The morning clouds so silvery or rosy golden as if spread only for beauty in aid of the sun became sober black & losing all distinctive of outline or texture darkened the valley After first eager dash a lull while the clouds [seemed] preparing for steady work at length heard a loud explosive thunder that seemed to strike up midway between Gl Pt [Glacier Point] & Royal Arches then with 23 reverberations traveled down towards bottom val [valley] The 2 other
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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