John Muir


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48 Floods etc. [Wheel] between wh [which] mtns [mountains] have been ground thin & sharp part damp clouds, part wind vapor run S [south] now swift slow have caved away the [cans] [cañons] slate left summits thin & sharp [saved] full of cans [cañons] sawdust covers of [fern] utilized by field for trees Rain show [shower] of globes Balmy flower breathing birdsing rain It bathes the granite brows cliffs gently as the purple bells of manzan [manzanita] drip drip down through the live oak groves & honey suckle [the] webs of Sunnyside. A fragrant steam rises eloquent with coming beauty Hum of flies [winter] hidden beetles & [worms] move drowsily in response to its touch Fern [coils] tingle [club] [moss] [ ] All the life of sunny side [thrills] [through] [afresh] with with gift of rain [blown] from the sky

49 First fall is 25 ft next a large fall 100 ft the face of rock over wh [which] it pours is not vertical but owing to the impetus received from steepness of channel back of the fall it is enabled to fall free having all the freedom of motion wh [which] a strictly vertical fall would enjoy. A short distance above this is another fall occupying the deepest & most inaccessible portion of the gorge. A view of the head of this fall may be had from the edge of the gorge immediately above it Diamond fall & a view of the [bottom/lower] part of the fall may be obtained from a point a [about] 150 yds further down on same E [east] side by holding on to a live oak branch & leaning out over the rounded edge brow Thus we see that this series of intermediate falls between base of Upper & head of Lower consist of 6 falls on main [stream] separated by a few deep rest basins & snowy rapids & 3 tributary falls descending on W [west] side

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