52 angular seams & lean over with their bright mirror [leaves] & fringing springs. [Lilies], never stained by the foot of man (An ecstasy of water, wild melody) (One bird the ouzel loves this gorge & [flies] through it merrily stopping to sing not on the outer edge but down on a boulder half buried in foam) Yo Sem [Yosemite] stream enchanted all its life (Squirrel (gray) in gorge) The fine groves & meadows do not cover an unsightly heap of fragmentary rubbish as a beautifully enameled lid sometimes covers a box full of unsightly scraps but a floor of glossy rock is covered with [pebbles] & sand spread out by various streams for the use of groves & meadows wh [which] yr [year] by yr become smaller while groves become larger soon all would be one grove if axes were kept out of it
53 Pine shadows like pillars of equal dark but leafless oaks are spread [delicately] drawn reproduced on the snow with marvellous fidelity of detail flat like pressed ferns. Black & flat like fossil ferns of the coal. Sunnyside a retreat for Druids abundance of oak & mistletoe they would look noble with flowing [wind] beneath those gnarled oaks with drooping foliage This oak possesses in an [eminent] degree the faculty of accommodating itself to circumstances A splendid mountaineer Largest is a mile beyond M [Mirror] Lake, is full of caves & fissures like an earthquake boulder droop [being] [pendant] springs into [foam] of fall is in all of the [caves] at this elevation the most picturesque of all oaks
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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