54 4 day Solid tips of comets v [very] dense while outer veils of spray tissue gray Huge caves of black sinking unchanged in form with [columns] Arc 2000 ft Shadow of fall on W [west] side intensely jetty black Moving down wall each lip of comet [disturbed] Shadowy wall to right [Shadow] light touched wall of fall at 7:30 in 30 mins touched comets Expression of [unperturbed] repose. Stars [looping]
55 Cascade of sparks of fire, Sympathetic waving of bushes Cone gray & indefinite in veiling mists Bosses of wall [glowing] Hidden safe away high on the wall as in a [drawer]. A poem 5th day Shadows in the oak groves of Sunnyside sombre in day, very dark by night Many [ebon] bars lain on ground so [ ] only [defined] [that] I have often stepped over as branches or black charred burned logs or gone around the degrees of shade Sooty black of leaf shadows cast on black wall [divides] abundance of granite [rocks] blocks for a Stonehenge Stream of Yo Crk [Yosemite Creek] lives in shell
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist